Baltimore police are searching for a woman who they believe kidnapped a 3-month-old baby girl outside a downtown hospital after befriending the mother and then tricking her to get the child.
Investigators said they do not know why the woman, known only as "Darleisha," would have taken the child from a taxi parked outside the University of Maryland Medical Center Tuesday night.
Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman, said the mother, Tahaisha Williams, 20, of the 2400 block of Dumfries Court in Westport, apparently met the woman for the first time Tuesday morning in Lexington Market.
Ms. Williams, her daughter Tahsine, and the woman spent the day together, Mr. Ringgold said. About 8 p.m., they took a cab to the hospital, where the woman apparently asked the mother's permission to take the child inside to meet a relative.
"The suspect says to the mother, 'Let me take the baby into the hospital to show my aunt,' " Mr. Ringgold said.
The mother agreed and stayed in the cab. Twenty minutes later, Ms. Williams became concerned, checked the hospital and called police.
Police said the baby is black and was wearing a white T-shirt and white bootees with blue bows and had a purple and yellow barrette shaped like a sheep dog in her hair. Her ears are pierced with diamond studs, and she was wrapped in a blue blanket with a white teddy bear on it.
The suspect was described as a dark-skinned black woman 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. Her hair was in a bun, and she was wearing a multicolored zip-up jacket and black spandex pants.