Ohio woman arrested with baby hidden in bag at Philippines airport




MANILA, Philippines – An American woman who attempted to carry a 6-day-old baby out of the Philippines hidden inside a sling bag has been arrested at Manila’s airport and charged with human trafficking, officials said Thursday.

They said Jennifer Erin Talbot was able to pass through the airport immigration counter on Wednesday without declaring the baby boy but was intercepted at the boarding gate by airline personnel.



Talbot, from Ohio, was unable to produce any passport, boarding pass or government permits for the baby, airport officials said.

American Jennifer Erin Talbot from Ohio wipes her tears in handcuffs before the start of a press conference by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo: Aaron Favila, AP)

Clad in an orange detainee shirt and in handcuffs, Talbot, 43, was presented to reporters in Manila on Thursday. She kept her head low and appeared at times to be on the verge of tears. She did not issue any statement.

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Talbot had planned to board a Delta Air Lines flight to the United States with the baby, airport officials said.

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American Jennifer Erin Talbot from Ohio is escorted after a press conference by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (Photo: Aaron Favila, AP)

“There was really an intention to hide the baby,” immigration official Grifton Medina said by telephone.

After discovering the baby, airline staff called immigration personnel, who arrested Talbot at the airport. She was later turned over to the National Bureau of Investigation and the baby was given to government welfare personnel.

The investigation bureau said Talbot presented an affidavit at the airport, allegedly from the baby’s mother, giving consent for the baby to travel to the U.S., but it had not been signed by the mother.




https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2019/09/05/jennifer-erin-talbot-ohio-arrested-philippines-baby-bag/2218708001/



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