A four-day-old infant who was abducted from a civil hospital in Mizoram’s southern town Lunglei on Sunday morning has been rescued and safely returned to its mother, Lunglei Police said today.

Lunglei Superintendent of Police Stephen Lalrinawma said today that the baby boy was rescued from a 40-year-old woman from her temporary residence at Farm Veng neighbourhood in Lunglei around 10:30 pm on Sunday.

The woman named Vanlalnghaki, a resident of Tlabung town in Lunglei district, confessed to police that she had abducted the child.

“She has been booked under section 363 IPC,” the police official said. “The baby hes been returned to its mother,” he added.

The child was sleeping with his alleged abductor when police rescued him.

As reported earlier, the yet-to-be-christened child was stolen from the hospital on Sunday morning by a woman disguised as a staff nurse on the pretext that the baby needed to be put in Special Newborn Care Unit and would be returned after an hour.

The accused told police that her desperate want for a child compelled her to abduct the newborn.

She further told police that she had a miscarriage at the same hospital and feeling ashamed of going home without a baby, she decided to steal someone’s baby.

“As her statement had some contradictions, further investigation is being conducted,” the SP said. – Correspondent