Cops: Dad Steals Baby Girl in Plastic Bag

Jason Bristol allegedly kidnaps his girl to keep her from CPS
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2015 3:45 PM CDT

A man who admits to being a meth addict kidnapped his newborn daughter from a hospital in a plastic bag—to get her out before officials could take her away, police say. Jason Bristol can be seen in a January surveillance video at the Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona, walking calmly down the hallway with his bag. There's no sound, but hospital officials say the abduction had triggered alarms. "It's akin to the shoplifting tags that are used by department stores, it's a similar technology," Steve Kaufer of Inter/Action Associates, Inc. tells the Arizona Republic. "So it sounds like the hospital was equipped with the proper technology and the hospital personnel did the proper things."

In the full video, Bristol tries getting out through a door but finds it locked, KFOR reports. Then two hospital employees talk to him without checking his bag; police say the baby was inside, covered in a blanket that might have suffocated her. Left alone, Bristol looks inside the bag, hangs out for half a minute, and escapes via the same door—which was now unlocked. The hospital says it's a fire door that unlocks automatically 15 seconds after it's first tried. Police say they caught up with Bristol at home, where he admitted to kidnapping his newborn girl. He apparently knew CPS would take the baby, which was born with methemphetamine, marijuana, and morphine in her system. Bristol has been charged with drug possession and child abuse. (Read more child abduction stories.)

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