Kidnapped baby rescued by single fingerprint (videos)
A three week old baby that had been kidnapped in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday afternoon, was rescued and returned home, thanks to a single fingerprint. A statewide Amber Alert had been issued in Florida for the infant, Melvin Duclos who authorities say was abducted by a 19-year-old girl posing as a DCF (Department of Children and Families) worker, Jasmine White.
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Authorities state that Jasmine spotted baby Melvin and his family at the Shands Hospital. Melvin’s mother was undergoing a physical.
When the family returned home, they were interrupted by a knock on the door. Jasmine White had followed the family home and pretended to be a worker with DCF conducting an investigation. She showed fake credentials and threatened to notify the police if the couple did not turn over the baby.
Sadly, the family fell victim to the scheme and handed baby Melvin over to Jasmine White. After several hours passed, the family, growing suspicious notified police.
During a press conference today, Sheriff John Rutherford stated that they were able to track down Jasmine White from a single fingerprint that she had left on a document. Authorities successfully compared the fingerprint and found a match due to White’s previous record. Surveillance video from the hospital was also used to break the case.
Authorities found the baby with Jasmine White at her home. They said that they were in bed when authorities arrived at the scene.
Police do not believe that Melvin’s mother was involved. They referred to the incident as a ‘bonafide abduction.’
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Melvin Duclos found after Amber Alert issued: Family Photo