A woman dressed a nurse attempted to steal a baby at a Sichuan hospital, surveillance footage appears to show.

Sporting a nurse uniform, the woman entered the hospital and went to the maternity ward. She began to push one of the cots out of the ward with the baby inside but the baby’s grandmother, surnamed Liu, saw her and told her to go away. After a few attempts, the woman left the building alone. Finding her actions suspicious, Liu called the security, state television broadcaster Chinese Central Television reported.

Video footage showing the woman dressed as a nurse entering the hospital. Photo: Chinese Central Television screenshot.

When she confronted the woman and asked her where she was taking the baby, Liu said the woman told her she was taking the baby because there was something wrong, reported the Taiwanese cable news channel TVBS-NEWS.

Video showing the woman taking the baby out of the ward. Photo: Chinese Central Television screenshot.

Local police said that the woman claimed to have a friend, allegedly surnamed Wang, who gave her the uniform. The woman said Wang had promised her 50 yuan if she was able to steal a baby from the hospital.

Liu encountering the suspicious woman. Photo: Chinese Central Television screenshot.

On the Chinese social media site Weibo, a netizen commented that the hospital was badly managed.

“The way the hospital manages entry to the maternity ward is too chaotic. They should establish a system regulating people going into and out of the ward to see their child,” the comment read.

Video showing the woman leaving the hospital. Photo: Chinese Central Television screenshot.

“Is it possible to speed up the reform of child trafficking? If this continues, I don’t know how many harmonious families will be destroyed,” another said.

The case is still under investigation, but police said that the suspect is a 25-year-old female who claimed she committed the crime because she had no money for food or rent.

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Koel Chu

Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.