A CLOSER LOOK: Monroe father arrested after newborn taken from local hospital, new details released

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UPDATE: (KTVE/KARD)(11:40 AM) — More information surrounding the case of a newborn being taken from the St. Francis Medical Center has been made available.

According to court documents, deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to St. Francis Medical Center on Friday, October 23, 2020, in regards to a missing newborn.

Deputies learned that the male child was born on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at approximately 7 AM to Tyreeka Grandy, mother, and Travis Hargrove, father.

According to the documents, Grandy had tested positive for THC and Amphetamines when she was admitted to the hospital. The Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) was called to the hospital shortly after the child was born and was notified of the positive drug test.

DCFS met with Grandy and Hargrove at the hospital. During that meeting, they learned that the mother has 6 additional children that have already been removed from her custody. At that time, Grandy and Hargrove were notified that the custody of the newborn may be taken as well. The newborn was staying in the room with the parents at the hospital at that time.

At approximately 11:20 PM, an alarm was sounded that signaled to hospital staff that a security alert bracelet worn by the newborn has been removed. When staff entered the room, they found the baby and the father were gone. They also found the security bracelet in the trashcan.

Reports state that Grandy was uncooperative and claimed to have no knowledge of what happened to the child.

Camera footage from the hospital showed that Hargrove entered the room at 11:08 PM and left the room at 11:18 PM carrying a large black book bag. At 11:19 PM, the bracelet alarm sounded and Hargrove can been seen leaving the hospital with the black bag.

The child was found safe and returned to the hospital on Friday, October 23, 2020, at 11 AM.

Hargrove was arrested by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office in the 1300 block of Alabama Street on Sunday, October 25, 2020 and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on one felony count of Cruelty to Juveniles.

His bond has been set at $10,000.


UPDATE: (KTVE/KARD)(10:11 AM) — Authorities have arrested the father of the child who was abducted from St. Francis Medical Center last week.

According to OPSO, Travis Derell Hargrove, the father of the child, has been arrested and charged with Felony Cruelty to Juveniles.

He is currently being held at the Ouachita Correctional Center.

The investigation is on-going and we will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.


UPDATE: (KTVE/KARD) (6:00 p.m.) — Stolen in minutes from a hospital, a newborn with a medical condition was abducted just hours after coming into this world.

Travis Hargrove, Jr. was born Thursday morning, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.
By 11:00 p.m., he was abducted from the hospital. However, law enforcement found baby Travis and he was returned to St. Francis unharmed around 11:00 Friday morning.

The Louisiana State Police issued a Level II Endangered or Missing Child Advisory on behalf of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. It was believed the possible father, 35-year-old Travis Hargrove, Sr., left the hospital with the newborn concealed in a backpack.

He was last seen walking south on Jackson Street, away from the hospital.

According to State Police, Travis Hargrove, Jr. was born with a medical condition that required treatment and at this time, we do not know where the baby was found and police could not confirm if the father was the person who took the child.

St. Francis Medical Center released this statement:

“In response to this incident, St. Francis Medical Center took immediate action and is fully cooperating with law enforcement.”

When asked about the hospital’s safety measures in place to prevent these kinds of situationa, this statement was provided:

“Appropriate security and safety measures were in place at the time of the incident. We believe that the safety and security of each patient is integral to the mission of our hospital. We are appreciative of the swift actions of our law enforcement and team members and will continue to pray for all involved in this family incident.”

Now, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s office says this is an ongoing investigation, and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.


UPDATE: (KTVE/KARD)(11:07 AM) — According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, the newborn baby that was taken from the St. Francis Medical Center has been found safe.

We will continue to update this article as more information becomes available.


Ouachita Parish (KTVE/KARD) (10/23/20)– The Louisiana State Police has issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Advisory on behalf of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The advisory is for a newborn baby taken from St. Francis Medical Center, 309 Jackson Street, Monroe, LA. This incident occurred late last night, just after 11:20 p.m.

Travis Hargrove, Jr. was born on October 22, 2020, at 7:04 a.m., with a medical condition that will require treatment.

He is a dark skin male baby with no hair, 19 ¾ inches long, and weighs eight pounds and eight ounces.

The possible father, 35-year-old Travis Hargrove, left the hospital with the newborn concealed in a black backpack.

Travis Hargrove

He was last seen walking south on Jackson Street, away from the hospital.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of this subject should immediately contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 318-329-1200, or Sgt. Michelle King with the Louisiana State Police at HQ Communications 225-925-6636.

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