Police searching for baby taken from Stanford hospital

April 02, 2004

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky State Police are searching for a newborn infant taken early Friday morning from a central Kentucky hospital.

An Amber Alert was issued for Kentucky at 7:20 a.m. EST and was still active at 9:30 a.m., Kentucky State Police Major Sonny Cease said.

“We do not know where the child is at this time,” Cease said.

A woman sought in connection with the abduction was apprehended on Interstate 65 close to the Tennessee border, state police said. Cease said the woman was taken into custody for questioning, but she has not been charged.

The Amber Alert was expanded to include Tennessee after the woman was detained for questioning, Kentucky State Police Sgt. Phil Crumpton.


“We’re trying to figure out if she was going to Tennessee or coming from Tennessee,” Crumpton said.

The Amber Alert identified the child as Grayci Barrows. Authorities describe the child as weighing 7 pounds and being about 19 inches long with cuts on the heels of her feet.

The abduction occurred at Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford at 3:56 a.m. EST, Lincoln County 911 Coordinator Jeff Crowe said.

Harry Nickens, a spokesman for the hospital, said the woman worked part-time in an aide’s position at the hospital for a short time. She was not involved in a custody dispute with the family, Nickens said.

Franklin Police Officer Chris Jackson said the woman stopped at the Pilot Travel Plaza off I-65 and called a relative to complain about being named in the Amber Alert when someone at the truck stop overheard the conversation and called police.

Police drove to the truck stop and found the woman, Jackson said. The FBI, along with local emergency and fire personnel are searching for the baby.

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