CARIBBEAN: Baby thief to learn fate today in Jamaica

By Jamaica Observer

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University Hospital of the West Indies (File photo)

University Hospital of the West Indies (File photo)

JAMAICA OBSERVER – The medical assistant who pleaded guilty to snatching a day-old baby from the University Hospital of the West Indies last year is to know her fate in court today.

Lorna Williams, 47, was scheduled for sentencing in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday but the proceedings were postponed as the judge in the matter was engaged elsewhere.

Williams’ bail offer was also varied from $300,000 to $200,000 with one or two sureties after her Attorney Carol DaCosta told the court that her client was unable to take up bail.

Williams was arrested and charged with forcible abduction after the baby, who went missing from the hospital, was found in her possession in Rollington Town, Kingston.

According to a release from the hospital last year, the baby was taken from a cot adjacent to her mother’s bed.

At the time of the baby’s disappearance, the hospital said the only people on the ward were nurses, doctors and other medical staff who were making clinical rounds.


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