Mom Who Snatched Baby from Queens Hospital Found

By Tom Liddy on March 14, 2012 8:21pm | Updated on March 14, 2012 9:05pm

Police are searching for Leila Rajnarie, 40, who allegedly snatched her daughter, Navita Jagdeo, from the custody of her foster mom at Queens General Hospital on March 14, 2012.
Police are searching for Leila Rajnarie, 40, who allegedly snatched her daughter, Navita Jagdeo, from the custody of her foster mom at Queens General Hospital on March 14, 2012.
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QUEENS — A mother snatched her infant daughter, who was in the care of a foster parent, from a Queens hospital Wednesday afternoon, but both were found safe hours later, police said.

Leila Rajnarie, 40, allegedly made off with 8-month-old Nevita Jagdeo from Queens General Hospital Pediatric Center just after 12:15 p.m., sparking an Amber Alert.

But both were found in good condition by cops from the Queens South Task Force about 9 hours later on 133rd Street and 101st Avenue in South Richmond Hill.

Police said they were spotted in the back of a livery cab that they pulled over.  Rajnarie was taken into custody and the baby to a local hospital in stable condition.

According to cops, the suspect accompanied her daughter and the girl's foster mother to the hospital, in Kew Gardens Hills, for a routine checkup.

During the exam, the foster mom and doctor were speaking in another room when Rajnarie, of Richmond HIll, allegedly took off with the child.

According to the Amber Alert, which covers the five boroughs as well as Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties, Rajnarie was not wearing shoes when she fled.

The baby was taken away from her due to "child abandonment" and "mental health related reasons," according to the alert.

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