Jennifer Talbot did not have valid custody documents for the six-day-old baby boy.
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DUBAI – An American woman caught trying to smuggle a baby that she hid in a sling bag at a Philippine airport has been charged with human trafficking.
The 42-year-old woman, Jennifer Talbot, did not have valid custody documents for the six-day-old baby boy.
She was stopped by personnel before she could board her flight to the US at Manila’s international airport on Wednesday.
Prosecutors charged Talbot on Thursday with human trafficking, which carries a jail term of not less than 10 years.
Investigation is still ongoing on how Talbot obtained the baby, who is now in the custody of child welfare services. Prosecutors have not filed kidnapping charges against Talbot.
Investigators believe the baby was born to a Filipina in southern Philippines and then flown to Manila. They have reportedly located the birth mother. ICA/Expat Media
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