The Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office said Monday it has opened an investigation into the kidnapping of three newborn babies from a hospital in the western city of Maracaibo.
Prosecutors ordered an inspection and photos taken of the place where the kidnappings took place, as well as the questioning of witnesses and security personnel at Maracaibo’s Chiquinquira Hospital, the AG’s office said in a statement.
The investigation will also include technical examinations.
The three mothers reported to Zulia state police the loss of their babies this Sunday when they realized they weren’t coming back after being taken for a regular checkup by “a woman dressed in a white coat,” according to media accounts.
The grandmother of one of the three kidnapped babies said that a woman “between ages 30 and 35, with white skin and dark wavy hair,” had taken the babies for supposedly routine examinations and never returned, Panorama newspaper said.