Amber Alert Recovered

A Queens mother who took her infant daughter from a hospital was found alive and is now in police custody.

According to various reports, Leila Rajnarie, who lives in Richmond Hill, was found by police in an intersection in Jamaica, after allegedly taking Navita Jagdeo, her 8-month-old daughter, from Queens Hospital Center, which sparked an Amber Alert on March 14.

The reports say that two police officers from the Queens South Taskforce found Rajnarie and Jagdeo in the back seat of a livery cab on 133rd Street and 101st Avenue in Richmond Hill. Both were found in good health. Rajnarie was taken into custody by police and Jagdeo was transported to a local hospital.

Rajnarie allegedly took off with the child after she accompanied Jagdeo and her foster mother, who was in care of the child after she was taken away from Rajnarie, to the hospital on 164th Street in Jamaica for a routine checkup.

According to the Amber Alert, the infant was taken away from her because of “child abandonment” and “mental health related reasons.”

Police said that Rajnarie was charged with kidnapping, custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child on Thursday, March 15.


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