American Hides 6-Day-Old Pinoy Baby inside Luggage, Caught at NAIA Before US Flight

Immigration officials held an American national for trying to bring a 6-day-old Pinoy baby to the US, but she had no documents to show that she is related to the baby and should be allowed to bring the child from Philippine soil to her home country.

Security officers doing a routine check at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 were surprised to find the newborn baby hidden inside the luggage of Jennifer Talbot, 43 years old, who was about to board a flight to the United States.

Photo credit: CNN Philippines

It was around 6:20 a.m. when the officers discovered the child inside the middle-aged American woman’s luggage. She claimed that she’s the child’s aunt but has no documents to prove their relationship.

Based on the initial investigation, the American national was able to pass through the security check at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) without them noticing that something was amiss. CCTV footage from the BI would later show the woman carrying an oversized belt bag, but because the bureau does not check passengers’ luggage, the baby was not discovered.

Photo credit: Bureau of Immigration / Twitter – Mike Navallo

[The] infant was hidden in the oversized belt bag and (she) did not declare nor present to the immigration inspector during departure formalities,” explained BI Deputy Spokesperson Melvin Mabulac.

The woman proceeded to check in with Delta Airlines for her flight but the security check revealed the 6-day-old baby inside her bag.

Some netizens blamed BI for not seeing the baby, but officials later issued a statement that checking passengers’ bags was not among its tasks.

Talbot was brought to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) office for questioning, but she refused to coordinate with the interrogation and, instead, asked to speak first with officials from the US Embassy.

Photo credit: Bureau of Immigration / Twitter – Mike Navallo

Meanwhile, the baby boy was turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) where he was found to be in good condition. The authorities are now looking for the child’s parents, calling on them to coordinate with the investigation.

Source: CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN News, Twitter / Mike Navallo, Rappler