Hanoi police on Tuesday, November 8, rescued an infant who was kidnapped shortly after his birth at the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology five days earlier.
Pham Xuan Truong, the child of Tran Thi Thom, 34, and her husband Pham Xuan Chieu, two residents of Hung Yen Province near Hanoi, was born on November 1 and kidnapped on November 3.
The baby boy was in good health by the time he was returned to his parents.
According to Nguyen Duc Chung, vice director of the Hanoi police division, officers have taken Nguyen Thi Le, 29, the kidnapping suspect, into custody for interrogation.
Le claimed that she kidnapped Truong because she wanted to replace her baby, who was stillborn, and con her husband's family into thinking that she gave birth to the baby.
On the morning of November 3, Le snuck into the hospital and put on a doctor's shirt before entering the room where Thom was staying.
Le told the mother that she would take the baby to another room for some tests and fled the hospital.
Le later took a taxi to her mother's home in the northern province of Bac Giang, before taking the baby to her husband's home in Dong Anh District, Hanoi, several days later.
After the baby's family reported their missing child to police, more than 70 police officers were assigned to search for the baby.
Local media chipped in and the baby repeatedly made news headlines for several days, forcing the Ministry of Public Security to send its scouts to join in the search.
When the search for Truong continued, on the morning of November 8, a taxi driver reported to the police that he had transported a suspicious-looking woman with an infant in her arms on November 3.
Nguyen Xuan Viet of Tuan Linh Taxi Co, said the woman in her 30s had hailed his taxi to go from Hanoi to Bac Giang Province at around 11:30 a.m. on November 3.
During their conversation, the woman told Viet she had two children "” a five-year-old and the one she was holding, a one-month old.
Viet told the police he believed something was fishy because the woman did not bring children's clothes and other baby items with her, and she looked anxious.
Following Viet's tipoff, police tracked down the woman's house and arrested her. She later admitted her kidnapping act.