A Norfolk newborn is safe after his mother kidnapped him from the hospital, just two days after he was born.
Norfolk Police Capt. Don Miller says the baby was placed in state custody shortly after his birth for his well-being.
Miller says Lacee Tuttle left the hospital with the newborn Sunday night, which prompted a search and Amber Alert.
“There were some safety protocols in place and they were intentionally circumvented to get the child out of the hospital,” Miller tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Police began searching around 8 p.m. Sunday and three hours later the Alert was issued.
Miller says at 5:30, they received the location of Tuttle and her baby thanks to a tip from a family member.
“She was located in Pierce, Neb. with the child. Lacee was taken into custody for a kidnapping warrant that we had obtained the night before,” Miller says. “The child was found safe and was placed back in the custody of [the Department of] Health and Human Services.”
Miller says a man that was mentioned in the Amber Alert, who knows Tuttle, has been interviewed and released.
He says the investigation continues and other charges are possible.
“We had a lot of agencies that were assisting us in Nebraska and South Dakota. Everybody was working very diligently to find the child and the mother and the Amber Alert did exactly what it’s supposed to – got the word out there,” Miller says. “We got phone calls because of the Amber Alert, and the totality of everything made it a very successful event.”
Lacee Tuttle was being held in the Pierce County Jail, but expected to be transferred Monday to Madison County, where she will face charges.