Two young teenagers in Australia sparked a massive manhunt after they disappeared from a hospital with their newborn baby.
According to 7News, 14-year-old Jayden Lavender and 15-year-old Jenifer Morrison took their newborn baby girl, Aria Jayde Tanya Lavender, from Nepean Hospital in Sydney around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, without telling a soul.
NSW Police said the couple and their baby were finally found about 18 hours after they first went missing, and the baby is said to be in good health.
According to police, the teenage couple reportedly stole their daughter from the hospital and concealed her under a blanket on their way out, with nothing but $80 in their pockets and a small pile of baby clothes.
The young parents reportedly had very few baby supplies to hold them over when they left the hospital with their baby.
Although police searched high and low for them, Lavender and Morrison are not expected to face any criminal charges for taking the baby, as she is their biological daughter.
Jayden's mother, Tracy Lavender, said she thinks her son and his girlfriend ran away with their baby because they were terrified of having their little family separated.
"They don't want to be apart from their baby, they're good parents," she said.
“Jayden would not walk away from her,” Lavender told AAP on Thursday. “He’s been by her side since she told him she was pregnant.”
Lavender also revealed that the baby girl is perfectly healthy, and that she weighed more than 7 pounds at birth.
"I knew that my son would look after his baby and his girlfriend," she said.
When police were first informed of the couple’s disappearance, they urged them to return and promised they would not be in trouble.
According to a photo posted on the couple’s shared Facebook account, they are currently engaged to be married.
"My life is always so sad, if something good happens, something bad follows," Tracey Lavender wrote on Facebook during the incident.
Lavender is reportedly very proud of her son and his girlfriend for taking responsibility for their baby daughter.
"My pride and joy Aria Jayde Tanya Lavender," she wrote on Facebook, along with photos of the baby. "My granddaughter, I love you more than words can explain, you're perfect in every way."
According to reports, Lavender thought the couple may have left because a social worker with “an attitude” scared them off.
"When the children are begging to come back to a place and the only thing stopping them is one worker, maybe they should bring in another worker to assess the situation," she said. "You're talking about two kids that have just had a baby, that just wanted to stay with their baby - that's all it comes down to."