|The pair set up a fake Facebook page (Picture: Getty Images)|
A pair of teenage girls admitted to setting up a fake Facebook page offering free children’s clothes for mothers so they could kidnap their babies. The girls, aged 17 and 18, tricked parents into sharing their contact details over Facebook so they could build a list of ‘targets’.
The younger of the two girls even posed as a social worker to try and abduct a toddler from her mother in her home. At Derby Youth Court, the pair admitted conspiring to kidnap babies, named by the initials, S, W and U, between September 14 and September 23 last year.
The mother of Baby U, from Normanton in Derby, contacted police when one of the girls turned up at her door posing as a social worker.
|The teenagers admitted to conspiring to kidnap babies (Picture: Alamy)|
The girl asked to hold the child and then told the mother she wished to take her away for a ‘medical check-up’. Police later found the Facebook page set up by the 18-year-old, from Evesham in Worcestershire, and the 17-year-old, from Wolverhampton.
‘It was very harrowing in terms of what could have happened, considering how young the babies were and the impact on the families could have been immense,’ said Detective Sergeant Duncan Gouck of Derbyshire Police.
‘The team of officers worked tirelessly on it and we put everything else on hold. The defendants were arrested within a week of the report.’ He added: ‘This case was unique to us in its nature and seriousness. I would like to give credit to the families of the victims for their strength of character that they have shown.’
- Metro, UK