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.
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.
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.
“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.