Mom Who Snatched Baby from Queens Hospital Charged with Kidnapping

By Patrick Hedlund on March 15, 2012 8:02am 

Leila Rajnarine, 40, was charged with kidnapping for allegedly snatching her 8-month-old daughter, Navita Jagdeo, from the custody of her foster mom at Queens General Hospital on March 14, 2012.
Leila Rajnarine, 40, was charged with kidnapping for allegedly snatching her 8-month-old 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 who allegedly snatched her infant daughter from foster care at a Queens hospital Wednesday has been charged with kidnapping, police said.

Leila Rajnarine, 40, ran off with 8-month-old Nevita Jagdeo after taking her from Queens General Hospital Pediatric Center just after 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, the NYPD said.

Both were found safe when cops spotted them in a livery cab about nine hours later, after an Amber Alert was issued for the child, police noted.

Rajnarie, of Ozone Park, was arrested and charged with kidnapping, custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

The accused snatcher had accompanied her daughter and the girl's foster mother to the hospital in Kew Gardens Hills for a routine checkup before she took off with the infant, police explained.

Jagdeo was taken away from Rajnarine due to "child abandonment" and "mental health related reasons," according to the Amber Alert.

The baby was taken to a hospital after the incident in stable condition, police said.

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