UPDATE: Baby found safe after being taken; Monroe, La. hospital releases statement

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MONROE, La. (KLFY)- Authorities say the baby has been found safe. According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, no charges have been filed as of Friday morning, KNOE reported.

St. Francis Medical Center released the following statement Friday morning:

“On Thursday, October 22, a situation occurred that involved the abduction of a newborn. The infant has been found, unharmed, and has been returned to the hospital. In response to this incident, St. Francis Medical Center took immediate action and is fully cooperating with law enforcement.

ORIGINAL: There is a statewide search for a man accused of stealing a newborn baby from a Monroe hospital.

State Police have identified the suspect as 35-year-old Travis Hargrove who reportedly left St. Francis Medical Center “with the newborn concealed in a black backpack.”

The baby was taken just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday night, authorities said.

“Travis Hargrove, Jr. was born on October 22, 2020, at 7:04 a.m., with a medical condition that will require treatment. He is a dark skin male baby with no hair, 19 ¾ inches long, and weighs eight pounds and eight ounces,” State Police said in a statement Friday morning. “The possible father, 35-year-old Travis Hargrove, left the hospital with the newborn concealed in a black backpack. He was last seen walking south on Jackson Street, away from the hospital.”

The St. Francis Medical Center is located at 309 Jackson Street.

If you have any information on the location of Travis Hargrove or the newborn, please call the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at (318) 329-1200, or Sgt. Michelle King with the Louisiana State Police at HQ Communications (225) 925-6636.

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