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US woman accused of trafficking 'baby in bag' at Manila airport

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    Agence France-Presse

Manila, Philippines   /   Fri, September 6, 2019   /   01:41 pm
US woman accused of trafficking 'baby in bag' at Manila airport In this photo taken on September 5, 2019, US citizen Jennifer Talbot attends a press conference by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila. Philippine authorities have charged Talbot with trying to smuggle a six-day-old infant out of the country in a bag she wore around her waist as she tried to board a flight out of the country. (AFP/George Calvelo)

Philippine authorities have charged an American woman with trying to smuggle a six-day-old infant out of the country in a bag she wore around her waist as she tried to board a flight out of the country.

The woman, 42-year-old Jennifer Talbot, had no valid custody documents for the child but managed to make it through security and immigration before personnel at the departure gate confronted her at Manila's international airport on Wednesday.

National Bureau of Investigation officials said she was "carrying an infant baby boy inside a sling bag" as she attempted to depart for a connecting flight on her journey back to the United States.

Prosecutors charged Talbot on Thursday with human trafficking, which if convicted, could send her to prison for decades, officials told reporters at a press conference as Talbot stood by in orange jail clothes.

Investigators believe the baby, who is now in the custody child welfare services, was born to a Filipino mother in the nation's south and then flown to Manila.

The exact circumstances of how Talbot came to have the baby are still under investigation, but authorities believe they have located the birth mother. Prosecutors have not filed any kidnapping charges.

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