An American woman was apprehended in the Philippines for attempting to smuggle a six-day-old baby onto a U.S. flight bound for Detroit.
Jennifer Erin Talbot, 43, was caught at the boarding gate attempting to smuggle the baby out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport. She initially hid the infant from immigration officials by stuffing the baby in an oversized belt bag as carry-on luggage.
After evading x-ray machines, she was finally caught as airport security inspected her carry-on and discovered the baby boy. Fortunately, the child did not appear to be injured. Talbot, on the other hand, did seem mentally unstable. According to the National Bureau of Investigation, the woman claimed she was the infant’s aunt, but had no documentation to prove relation.
Talbot, who is from Utah, told officials she is a mother of ‘five special children’ in the U.S. already. She has been married three times. After she could not produce documentation for the infant, she alleged that she adopted the baby from a young Filipino mother, Maricris Cempron Dulap, who she met online. It is suspected she exchanged money for the baby boy, but the full amount is unknown. Dulap and the baby’s father are both residents of Davao City. They have been charged with child abuse.
Meanwhile, Talbot was arrested on site and will likely be charged with child trafficking, pending further investigation.