287 infants abducted since ‘83 – Many are from mom’s room

A total of 287 infants have been kidnapped in the United States since 1983, and 12 still are missing, according to information provided by John Rabun, ASCW, director of infant abduction response for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, VA. Seven abductions occurred in 2012.

The following list of abductions since 1983 includes all abductions by non-family members from healthcare facilities, homes, and “other places” of newborns and infants (birth to six months).

• Abducted from healthcare facilities — 132 (46%):

– from mother’s room: 77 (58%);

– from nursery: 17 (13%);

– from pediatrics: 17 (13%);

– from other healthcare premises: 21 (16%);

– with violence to the mother or caregiver: 11 (8%).

• Abducted from homes — 116 (40%).

• Abducted from other places — 39 (14%).

For comparison, there are approximately 4.3 million births in the United States yearly at more than 3,500 birthing facilities.