A nanny who kidnapped the newborn baby she was caring for had faked her own pregnancy.
Nadene Manukau-Togiavalu, 21, has been jailed for three years. She wore a pregnancy suit for months, including at her own baby shower, as part of her elaborate scam in Auckland, New Zealand last August, reports Daily Mail.
After convincing friends and family she had given birth, despite never being pregnant, she then claimed the government had forced her to give up her newborn for adoption and planned with her 18-year-old cousin to steal it back.
But the baby the pair were actually stealing was a couple’s newborn she had just been employed to look after in the evenings.
On her third night with the couple – who employed her through an agency – Manukau-Togiavalu waited for the father to fall asleep.
Then her cousin Sydnee Taulapapa, wearing a balaclava, opened the gate with a remote control, entered the house through the back door and left carrying the baby and bags full of valuables.
Manukau-Togiavalu then yelled out: ‘The house has been robbed! The house has been robbed!’
Eighty police searched for six hours before the baby was found and returned safely around 1pm.
She was charged yesterday in the Auckland District Court and jailed for three years.
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