Security officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila discovered a surprise from an American woman’s carry-on — a six-day-old infant, whom authorities say she was trying to fly out of the country without the proper documentation.
The child was found at the airport on Wednesday morning at 6:20 am when Jennifer Talbot, 43, tried to leave the country.
Philippines Bureau of Immigration spokesman Melvin Mabulac speaking with The Washington Post said the baby was discovered in an “oversized belt bag” and that Talbot had not presented the baby for declaration to immigration officials.
Security images released to CNN showed a woman in blue jeans and a dark jacket standing in line at security with a bag slung over her shoulder and then sitting in the airport after she’d been detained. Talbot claimed she was related to the baby but had no documentation to prove it.
The child did not have identification, and its nationality was not immediately known. Laws in Philippines requires an application, travel documents and written consent from a parent or legal guardian for Filipino minors to travel to a foreign country with another person.
The woman was turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Justice will determine any criminal liability. The baby is in the care of the Social Welfare Department currently.
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