Improper procedure prompts abduction scare

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Reports of a possible child abduction from a Savannah hospital sent several police cars to Memorial University Medical Center.

Savannah-Chatham Metro police officers were called Monday morning to Memorial after reports of a child being taken. But that wasn't the case. Instead, the hospital said the proper steps weren't taken when the child was being discharged, leading hospital officials to think the child was taken by someone other than her parent.

"We would treat any atypical discharge like this because we need to know that the child has left with the proper guardian or parent and to make sure the child is safe, which in this case it was," said Maggie Gill, chief operating officer at Memorial.  

Officials said the child is safe at home with her mother and grandmother.

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