Police: Dad Tried To Kidnap Newborn From Concord Hospital Nursery

CONCORD (CBS) – A man is accused of trying to kidnap his newborn son from a hospital in Concord on Wednesday night.

Anthony Deantonis, the boy’s 33-year-old biological father, allegedly tried to take the baby from Emerson Hospital at around 8:30 p.m. Deantonis’s girlfriend gave birth to the boy just 6 hours earlier.

Prosecutors said Deantonis claimed he was taking the baby to the nursery and putting food in the refrigerator when he suddenly started rifling through a hospital office.

Then, he was confronted.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

“There was a short pursuit, a foot pursuit by staff members. They were able to gain control of the child back from the suspect. He was then detained. The police arrived, and we placed him in custody,” said Capt. Jack Kennedy of the Concord Police Department.

Hospital spokesperson Naomi Funkhouser released a statement about the incident:

“A well-trained and quick-thinking team in the Birthing Center immediately implemented appropriate hospital procedures on the locked unit and kept the baby secure until hospital security and the Concord Police Department arrived.”

Hospital officials told WBZ-TV the baby was not injured. The newborn and his mother are safe.

“The baby could have been injured. The child was just six hours old. We can only think of the harm that that child could have been in if he had taken that child from the hospital without medical attention,” said Capt. Kennedy.

Deantonis was ordered held over the weekend until Monday, when he’s expected to be released into his father’s custody with an electronic monitoring bracelet.

According to courtroom statements, friends and family had been concerned about Deantonis’s recent behavior. Lawyers said he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the past.

The baby’s mother told police she does not want Deantonis around her or the baby.

  • karen

    mom & baby need to have an order of protection against him. he no doubt needs some kind of intense treatment setting. the safety and wellbeing of the baby outrules any parental rights the defendant has. hope mom has a good support system

    • Loves children

      Karen, I agree, but too bad women don’t know the men they decide to have children with.

  • frank

    Sorry lady you are in Mass and after he has a short stint of doing well he will have visits with the baby. It is not what is best for the child is the father’s rights.

  • lori

    I am a mom of 4. I am tired of hearing people say “oh, the poor mother just needs help” in reply to the mother hurting the child. There is a double standard here when it comes to a father doing something, the same kind of thing a mother does. I am not saying he shouldn’t be punished, he absolutely should be, but he needs help too,. I hope he gets it.

  • anonymous

    In response to “loves children” I would just like to say that its funny you accuse this woman of not knowing the person she is having the baby with when you know neither of them so it just goes to show you how ignorant so many people are about this case. The media has twisted this story in so many different ways, its disgusting.

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