Iowa man accused of sneaking into hospital neonatal intensive care unit, bottle-feeding stranger’s baby: Cops

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Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office

Feb. 1 2022, Published 8:10 p.m. ET

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A man allegedly entered the neonatal intensive care unit at an Iowa hospital and bottle-fed a baby that didn’t belong to him, authorities said.

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Police in Des Moines arrested Adam Joseph Wedig, 36, and booked him into the Polk County jail on two counts of criminal trespassing. He was being held on a $1,007 bond.

On Dec. 28, officials said, Wedig snuck into MercyOne Children’s Hospital and slipped passed a nurse and into the secure neonatal unit, KCAU-TV reported.

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Wedig allegedly misrepresented himself as the father of a baby in the NICU. Surveillance video shows he fed the child with a bottle and then left, according to police.


Detectives said they have not determined a possible motive in the case but noted the child was not harmed.

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“The incident that took place last month is extremely troubling,” MercyOne said in a statement, explaining the medical facility has made several changes to policies and protocols, including increased staffing in the NICU and baby nurseries as well as requiring identification checks and visitor log-ins.

hospital arrest
Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office

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