Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Amber Alert Issued For Mom Who Snatched Baby From Queens Hospital

QUEENS — An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday after a Queens woman absconded from a hospital with her infant daughter when the child's foster mom turned her back during a routine visit, 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.

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.

Police say Rajnarie is 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-5 and 150 to 160 pounds. She has black hair with highlights  and was last seen wearing a red sweater with dark pants and pink socks.

The baby was spotted wearing a cream-colored one-piece outfit with bears on it, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8447).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

The public can also call 866 NYS-AMBER.

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