Saudi police said they have arrested a woman suspected of having kidnapped a newly born child, a case that captured attention in the country.
Investigations and clues identified the suspected kidnapper, who is a Saudi woman in her fifties, a police official said, according to the daily newspaper Okaz.
“She was arrested and legal procedures have been taken against her,” a police spokesman in the western region of Makkah added without further details.
The baby’s father, Hussain Ahmad, expressed joy over the arrest of the suspected kidnapper.
“It was a painful incident. We experienced a hard time alleviated by society’s support for us,” he told Okaz.
“I couldn’t understand what happened to my daughter,” he added. “How could a woman wearing a healthcare worker’s uniform enter [the hospital] and kidnap a baby?”
The baby, named Nour, was handed over to the family on Saturday.
The news of her disappearance had gripped Saudi society where social media users launched the popular trending #A Baby is kidnapped in Jeddah.