American caught hiding 6-day-old Filipino infant in luggage

  • An American woman was taken into custody by local authorities on Wednesday after she was caught carrying an undocumented six-day-old infant inside her luggage.
  • The woman, who was supposed to leave for the United States, claimed to be the aunt of the child but failed to provide evidence.
  • She was taken to the National Bureau of Investigation while the child was brought to the Department of Social Welfare and Development later in the day.

MANILA, Philippines — An American woman was held by authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday after she was found with a six-day-old Filipino baby insider her luggage.

The woman was identified as Jennifer Talbot, 43, who was about to leave for the United States until airport officers found an undocumented infant inside her bag.

American-smuggling-infant
Photo from CNN Philippines

Bureau of Immigration (BI) deputy spokesperson Melvin Mabulac said that the baby was hidden in an “oversized belt bag” and was “not declared nor presented to the immigration inspector during departure formalities.”

Talbot’s relationship with the child was also not identified as of posting.

She reportedly claimed that she was the aunt of the child but could neither provide documented proof that they were related nor her authority to bring the child abroad.

Baby-in-bag
Screengrab of NAIA CCTV footage showing Talbot and her oversized bag where the baby was hidden. Photo from Bureau of Immigration

Talbot was brought to the National Bureau of Investigation for questioning.

Manila International Airport Authorities General Manager Ed Monreal said that he has already ordered an investigation on the issue.

Meanwhile, the baby was brought to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The United States Embassy in Manila has also been informed about the incident.

Sources: Inquirer, ABS CBN

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