Ohio woman accused of smuggling baby in Philippines.
The National Bureau of Investigation filed human trafficking complaint against the American woman who was arrested for trying to bring a six-day-old infant out of the Philippines without proper travel documents.
Jennifer Erin Talbot is also facing complaints for child abuse and kidnapping with serious illegal detention after she was caught at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 hiding a baby inside her oversized sling bag.
“There really was an intention to conceal and sneak out the baby,” Manuel Dimaano, NBI International Airport Investigation Division chief, said Thursday.
Dimaano said Talbot was able to pass through the immigration counter without declaring the baby.
Talbot was about to board a flight to the United States when she was intercepted at the boarding gate of NAIA Terminal 3 by personnel of Delta Air Lines.
The bureau said that while the 43-year-old resident of Ohio, United States presented a notarized affidavit of consent and support allegedly executed by the baby’s mother, she failed to present a travel clearance issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
The biological parents of the infant—who was born in Davao City—were also charged for child abuse. Both are still at large.
The infant’s biological mother reportedly told DSWD that she wanted her baby to be adopted “so she browsed the internet and she stumbled upon Talbot.”