A GRIEVING mum admitted snatching a newborn from a hospital to stop her husband finding out about her miscarriage.
Sriwaluck Akethamsatien, 27, lost her baby last month but continued pretending to be pregnant before visiting the hospital in Phang Nga, Thailand, this week.
Sriwaluck Akethamsatien could face up to five years in prison for kidnapping the child[/caption]
She told her husband she had gone to the hospital to give birth and would stay in overnight, it is claimed[/caption]
CCTV images show a baby being taken from the hospital[/caption]
The woman told her husband she had gone to the hospital to give birth and would stay overnight.
She befriended a couple in the hospital who had welcomed a baby girl on Monday and stole their child after offering to take her for a walk around the ward.
Akethamsatien said: “I was pregnant but had a miscarriage and I could not tell my husband because he wanted to have a baby so much.
“I kept on pretending to be pregnant then I told my husband that I will go to the hospital and stay there to give birth to the baby.
“I actually spent that time making friends with the family who had a baby girl.
“I took the baby after they trusted me to hold her and brought her home. My husband was glad because he thought it was his baby.”
CCTV captured her running away with the baby in her arms using a hijab to conceal her face even though she is Buddhist and not Muslim.
I could not tell my husband because he wanted to have a baby so much.
Cameras show her fleeing through the hospital corridor before climbing on the back of a motorcycle.
Officers raided her house that night and found her and the baby girl safe – with the doting husband shocked to find the baby was not his.
She was arrested by the police and Police Lieutenant Colonel Niphon Yanpisarn said Akethamsatien faces up to five years in prison for kidnapping a child.
He said: “The suspect has admitted her actions. She could face three to five years in prison.”
Hospital director Dr Surat Tantithaweeworakul said the hospital had a security protocol but this was an unexpected case.
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He said: “We consider safety to be a priority in this hospital as we used several CCTV cameras in the building and normally there were security guards patrolling all the times.
“However, in this case, the woman came and made friends with the family first before she gained their trust and stole the baby.
“This case will help us improve the safety protocol to prevent this incident from happening again.”
She befriended a couple (not pictured) who had just welcomed a baby girl[/caption]