ATLANTA -- Police said Wednesday they have reopened an unsolved 1978 case to determine if a woman accused of kidnapping a new-born baby girl from Grady Hospital last month is also responsible for the earlier abduction.
Medical tests indicated that a baby girl found in the possession of Louise Lett was taken from the hospital room of Sandra Alexander Aug.5.
The infant was taken just 11 hours after she was born.
Grady Hospital spokesman Mike Yelton said the tests conducted on Mrs. Alexander and her husband and Mrs. Lett could only determine who was not the parent. She had been tentatively identified by her foot prints as Shanta Yvette Alexander.
'The blood tests excluded Lett as the mother of the baby and its footprints match Alexander's,' said Niekirk.
A court hearing is scheduled for later this week to formalize the findings.
The baby was reunited with her 28-year-old mother Wednesday evening at Grady Hospital.
'I didn't give up,' Mrs. Alexander said. 'I just knew one day I was going to get her even if she was three or four or five years old. I just knew one day I'd get her back.'
Mrs. Lett, who has a son 2 or 3 years old and insists that the baby girl is also hers, is free on $6,000 bond. She was charged with kidnapping and falsifying a birth certificate.
'There's a high probabibility we'll determine whether or not her child (the boy) is connected in any way with the investigation now in progress involving the Alexander baby,' said Atlanta Police Homicide Lt. B.L. Neikirk.
Donna Thompson, 18, and Raymond Green, 22, whose 5-day-old baby was taken from their home in 1978, have identified a photograph of Mrs. Lett as looking 'a lot like the lady who stole our baby.'