Hospital security changed after 1998 baby abduction

June 15, 2018

Security in maternity wards in Florida hospitals has changed dramatically in the 20 years since a baby was abducted from what is now UF Health Jacksonville, according to an article on the News4Jax website.

Employees at Memorial Hospital said if a baby nears an exit or an area where a baby is not supposed to be, an alarm goes off, everyone in the labor and delivery unit is alerted and, if necessary, every exit of the hospital can be locked down.

Jill Bodden, director of the Woman's and Children's Center at Memorial Hospital, said part of the safety net includes dozens of monitored security cameras and frequent checks of any foreign object leaving the labor and delivery unit which could contain a hidden baby.

Delivery boxes and housekeeping carts are searched as well, and there's limited access for employees and visiting families. 

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