NAIA authorities find baby in luggage

by Rio Matro
As seen on the October 2019 of The Philippine Sentinel

MANILA, Philippines — An American woman was taken into custody early Wednesday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as authorities found a baby boy inside her luggage.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) deputy spokesperson Melvin Mabulac identified the foreigner as Jennifer Talbot, 43. She was subsequently turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation for questioning.

Mabulac told that Talbot was supposed to leave the country for the United States when airport officers at Naia Terminal 3 discovered the undocumented infant in her bag.

Jennifer Talbot, 43, attempted to smuggle a baby boy in her luggage.

The baby was hidden in an oversized bag and was not declared nor presented to the immigration inspector during departure formalities, according to the Bureau of Immigration.

Mabulac also said they could not confirm if Talbot is the mother or guardian of the baby since authorities did not find any travel document to indicate the infant’s information. Mabulac added Talbot could not present any applicable document to show that she has the authority to bring the baby with her abroad.

Authorities could not likewise ascertain the nationality and age of the baby even if some still unverified reports claim the infant was Filipino and six days old. The male infant is reportedly alive and in good health.

Updated: 2020-01-29 — 00:37:42