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Toronto newborns are safe from abduction, hospital official says

One of Toronto’s top hospital officials is reassuring parents Tuesday after a newborn infant was stolen by a woman impersonating a nurse in a Quebec maternity ward yesterd

Layers of security include ankle bracelets for infants and maternity ward security cards

After a woman dressed as a nurse kidnapped a newborn infant from a hospital in Quebec on Monday, Toronto's top hospital officials are assuring parents their infants are safe at hospitals throughout the city. 2:10

One of Toronto’s top hospital officials is reassuring parents Tuesday after a newborn infant was stolen by a woman impersonating a nurse in a Quebec maternity ward yesterday.

Douglas Sinclair, chief medical officer at St. Michael’s Hospital, told CBC News that the hospital has several layers of security in place to ensure the safety of newborns.

Some of the measures include ankle bracelets that set off an alarm if a baby goes missing and shuts down the elevator system, and security cards for each employee that are required to physically enter the maternity ward.

Every hospital in the country is required by Accreditation Canada to have some sort of maternity ward security in place, but hospitals have the freedom to decide exactly what those measures are.

Watch the video above or click here for more from the CBC’s Natalie Kalata.