Lory Beth Snyder took to social media on Friday about a “terrifying” incident she experienced at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She was in the hospital so that her 4-month-old daughter could get treatment. Snyder woke up from resting and found that her child was gone, prompting one of the worst feelings a mother can go through.
“I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did,” she reported to KAIT 8, an ABC affiliate in Arkansas, while tearing up. Snyder later found her daughter in the room of another patient, a total stranger. The female patient was holding the child, “with a room full of six or seven nurses just laughing and playing with her.” Snyder did what any mother would do and ignored the stranger’s requests to “just go rest.”
“I told her no that I was fine and I would be taking my daughter back now,” Snyder said in her online post. She also noted that the child’s diaper bag and IV pole were in the room too. Nurses apparently followed the mother back to her room, trying to reassure her that her baby was in no danger and that they knew the other patient meant no harm. Even worse, the other patient supposedly followed Snyder back to her room and kept asking to take the child back.
Snyder tried to file a report with the Jonesboro Police Department, but they told her no crime was committed since the other patient didn’t intend to harm her daughter. According to the police report, there would be “no criminal charges and everything else that occurred would be a civil issue” between Snyder and the NEA Baptist Hospital.
The hospital’s CEO, Brad Parsons, could not confirm nor deny the report or the possibility of an ongoing investigation. “We are working with our risk management department as well as the Jonesboro police on that investigation,” he said. The hospital also released this incredibly vague statement:
An incident occurred in one of our patient care units (not labor and delivery) on Friday involving two patients, one of them a pediatric patient. While we cannot go into details because of patient privacy laws, two of our nurses acted immediately, followed all protocols, and rapidly brought the situation under control. Because of their quick work, all patients remained safe. Our nurses quickly secured the pediatric patient and mother and fully cooperated with police, who declined to take action against anyone.. We are grateful that everyone is safe, and we wish everyone the best and continued good health.
Snyder is not satisfied. “You do not enter a room and take a child that does not belong to you, especially from a person you don’t know,” she said. “I want some answers, and I don’t feel like I’m getting them from that hospital.” We’re pretty confused too, and we hope this clears up quickly for Snyder.