An American woman hid 6-day old baby in her luggage was held at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), early Wednesday morning, September 4.
The authorities held the foreigner, Jennifer Talbot, 43 after they discovered an infant inside her hand-carry luggage at around 6:20 a.m. at NAIA Terminal 3. Talbot was supposed to leave for the United States.
Bureau of Immigration (BI) turned over Talbot to the National Bureau of Investigation for further inquiry.
According to the BI, Talbot hid the baby in her over-sized “oversized belt bag” and “was not declared nor presented to the immigration inspector during departure formalities.”
Bureau of Immigration (BI) deputy spokesperson Melvin Mabulac said that they could not confirm if Talbot was the baby’s mother since there were no available documents to show any information about the infant. Mabulac also said Talbot failed to present any documentary evidence showing her relationship or authority to bring the child with her abroad.
Update on American woman hid 6-day old baby in luggage
According to NBI Spokesperson Nick Suarez, “the baby was turned over to the DSWD.”
The authorities are still verifying the baby’s nationality and exact age. However, BI said that the baby was a boy and is “alive” and “in good health” condition.
Meanwhile, Ed Monreal, Manila International Airport Authorities General Manager has ordered an investigation to “to establish the circumstances surrounding the alleged attempt of a female passenger to sneak out of the country a 6-day old male infant whom she reportedly kept inside a bag she was carrying.”