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Mother Arrested

March 15, 2012 permalink

Mother Leila Rajnarie has been arrested after taking her own baby from her foster home. The photograph in the enclosed article shows New York's respect for motherhood.



Baby abducted from hospital by mom found safe: cops

8-month-old was in foster care

Leila Rajnarie
Leila Rajnarie, accused of taking her biological daughter, Navita Jagdeo, from the girl's foster mother at Queens Hospital Center, is led out of the 107th Precinct stationhouse in Flushing early Thursday morning, just after midnight.
Aaron Showalter for New York Daily News

Navita Jagdeo, 8 months, was found with Rajnarie in the back seat of a livery cab.

An 8-month-old baby was found safe with her biological mother Wednesday more than eight hours after the mom snatched her from a Queens hospital without permission, police said.

Little Navita Jagdeo was spotted in the back seat of a livery cab with mom Leila Rajnarie, 40, on 133rd St. near 101st Ave. in South Richmond Hill around 8:40 p.m., cops said.

Officers from the Patrol Bureau Queens South Task Force saw the woman who matched a description put out hours earlier, police said. The cops pulled the car over and took Rajnarie into custody, officials said. She was being questioned at the 107th Precinct stationhouse in Flushing Wednesday night.

Navita was taken to Jamaica Hospital and “appears to be in good condition”, a police source said.

Navita Jagdeo
Navita Jagdeo, 8 months, was found safe and sound.

Rajnarie swiped Navita from Queens General Hospital Pediatric Center on 164th St. in Jamaica around 12:15 p.m., police said.

Navita - wearing a cream-colored onesie with bears on it - was at the hospital with her foster mother for a regular checkup, police said. Rajnarie swooped in and took the tot while the foster mom and the child’s doctor were speaking in another room, police said.

Rajnarie does not have custody of the infant, a spokeswoman for the Administration for Children’s Services said, who declined to discuss specifics of the case.

A neighbor on Rajnarie’s Ozone Park block said she noticed an unusual amount of baby items in the trash in front of their home earlier this week.

“About two days ago, there was a lot of baby stuff on the curb,” said the woman who declined to give her name.

Source: NY Daily News