American woman, 43, caught trying to smuggle newborn baby out of the Philippines claims she wanted to adopt him after finding mum online

American woman, 43, caught trying to smuggle newborn baby out of the Philippines claims she wanted to adopt him after finding mum online

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AN AMERICAN woman caught trying to smuggle a newborn baby out of the Philippines in her hand luggage found the pregnant mother online before agreeing to take the child, police said today.

Jennifer Talbot, 43, from Ohio, had checked in for a flight to the US when airport officers in Manila discovered the six-day-old baby inside “an oversized belt bag” around her waist.

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Talbot was today arrested and paraded to the public wearing an orange prison top and in handcuffs[/caption]

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She tried to smuggle the newborn out of the Philippines by hiding him in her carry-on luggage[/caption]

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Staff from The National Bureau of Investigation said Talbot will face qualified human trafficking charges[/caption]

Shockingly, she had already passed through immigration and security before staff from Delta Airlines became suspicious and alerted airport police.

Talbot was today arrested and paraded to the public wearing an orange prison top and in handcuffs. She was then taken back to custody.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHARGES

Staff from The National Bureau of Investigation said Talbot will face qualified human trafficking charges.

She will also be tried for child abuse and kidnapping with serious illegal detention, officials said.

Police said the boy’s mother, Maricris Dulap, had first made contact with Talbot online and they had negotiated the adoption of the child.

Talbot then flew from the US to meet the pregnant mother at her home in Davao City last month and stayed with her until she gave birth.

She then had already caught one flight from Davoa to the capital Manila – without security asking questions – before trying to board a second flight back to the US while hiding the baby in her carry-on luggage.

Investigators said the boy’s biological mother and the father, who have since fled, will also be charged with child abuse.

STUFFED IN BAG

Police said that Talbot was able to present notarised copy of an affidavit of consent and support allegedly executed by the mother of the baby to travel to the US on the day of her arrest.

However, the document does not bear the signature of the parents.

Bureau of Immigration deputy spokesperson Melvin Mabulac said yesterday the baby boy did not have proper documents or a plane ticket.

The undocumented baby was taken to the Department of Social Welfare and Development while investigations are on-going.

The suspect was not able to provide any documents showing she had the authority to take the baby onboard the plane


Melvin MabulacDeputy spokesperson, Bureau of Immigration

Immigration chief Melvin Mabulac said: ”An American citizen was supposed to leave the country for the United States when airport officers at Naia Terminal 3 discovered the undocumented infant in her bag around 6.20am”

Talbot is now being questioned by police while they check the identity of the infant and how she came to have him.

The undocumented baby was taken to the Department of Social Welfare and Development while investigations are on-going.

Immigration chief Melvin Mabulac said: ”American citizen was supposed to leave the country for the United States when airport officers at Naia Terminal 3 discovered the undocumented infant in her bag around 6:20 a.m.”

UNDOCUMENTED CHILD

Mr Mabulac said the baby was hidden in an ”oversized belt bag” and ”was not declared nor presented to the immigration inspector during departure formalities”.

Mr Mabulac said they could not confirm if Talbot is the mother or guardian of the baby since authorities did not find any travel document to indicate the infant’s information.

He added: ”The suspect was not able to provide any documents showing she had the authority to take the baby onboard the plane.”


The baby was in ”good health” and medics are now carrying out checks to confirm the nationality and exact age.

Talbot has been detained for questioning.

Mr Mabulac added: ”We cannot identify the child because there is no travel document so other departments will investigate this. The NBI will also look into other violations.”

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Talbot found the child’s pregnant mother online before agreeing to take him[/caption]

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Talbot was held by the Bureau of Immigration and later turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation for questioning[/caption]

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The undocumented baby was taken to the Department of Social Welfare and Development while investigations are on-going[/caption]

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Talbot was yesterday caught by Ninoy Aquino International Airport officials after getting through security before her flight[/caption]

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She will be tried for child abuse and kidnapping with serious illegal detention[/caption]


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