A $5,000 reward is being offered by Johns Hopkins Hospital for the recovery of a newborn boy who was apparently abducted from the hospital Thursday. The family of the baby, Kendol B. Kernes, also is seeking private funds to increase the reward, according to the family lawyer, William Murphy.
At a news conference yesterday in Baltimore, the baby's paternal grandmother, Audrey Kernes, 41, who has never seen the baby, pleaded to the abductors "to have a heart and send him back to us."
"I want my baby; I want my baby back badly. You don't know what I'm going through," the 20-year-old mother, Patricia Nixon, said quietly.
The father, Keith Kernes, 21, who works at a fast-food restaurant, was too distraught to attend the news conference, Murphy said.
The FBI in Baltimore released drawings Saturday of a man and woman wanted for questioning about the abduction of the 2-day-old infant. The drawings are based on a guard's description of a couple in their early twenties who had entered the hospital, saying they were members of the mother's family about the time the baby was taken from a bassinet beside the bed of his napping mother, said FBI spokesman Gregory Jones.
In the wake of the recent disappearance of Jeremiah Thate from Prince George's Hospital Center, Nixon recalled that she had been worried about her baby. She said she would jump up to see who it was whenever anyone came in the room, but was napping when the abduction occurred.
Nixon said she became concerned about the quality of hospital security before her son was abducted when she heard a nurse asking a man in the hall what his business was in the hospital.
Nixon said she didn't have any enemies and didn't know why anyone would take Kendol.
Audrey Kernes said she doesn't blame the hospital, but is angry that security had not been beefed up in light of the Thate abduction.