SAN JOSE -- A potential kidnapping at O'Connor Hospital was prevented when staff members stopped the father of a newborn baby as he walked toward an elevator with the infant in his arms, according to the hospital.

The man, who has not been identified, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of domestic violence, San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said.

Newborns at O'Connor Hospital wear ankle bracelets equipped with a monitoring device that sounds an alarm anytime they are moved out of the mother's room, Cumming said.

When the father walked out of the mother's room with the baby, it triggered a "code pink" alarm. Cumming said hospital staff members and physicians stopped the man at the elevator. Police were called.

The baby was unharmed and returned to the mother, Cumming said.

Doctors and staff are trained to cover all stairwell and elevator exits and check people walking in the corridors in a code pink situation, Cumming said.

"The system worked as it should," Cumming said. "We practice those things on a regular basis."

Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869. Follow him at Twitter.com/markmgomez.



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