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Police have launched an urgent appeal for information to find two teenagers who have disappeared from a Sydney hospital with their three-day-old baby.
Jayden Lavender, 14, and Jenifer Morrison, 15, were captured on CCTV footage leaving Nepean Hospital in Kingswood with their baby daughter, Aria, about 12.30am on Thursday.
They left the hospital together on foot, and are believed to be in the company of an unknown man.
Police have serious concerns about the welfare of all three children.
Detective Chief Inspector Grant Healy said poor quality CCTV footage showed the teenagers leaving the hospital, with their baby deliberately concealed.
He said hospital staff contacted police as soon as it was noticed they had left the maternity ward. He was unable to say why the young parents may have taken their baby.
“We haven’t been able to speak to the young parents so we don’t know what was operating on their mind at the time,” he said.
“We’d love to be able to speak to the parents to make sure they’re alright as well and understand what’s going through their heads so we can get the right support around them.”
Detective Chief Inspector Healy said the teenagers were not in trouble, but hospital staff wanted to see both the newborn and the mother.
“For Jenifer and Jayden, the two parents, you’re not in trouble, we’d really appreciate if you could go to the hospital so we can check out and see if you’re alright and just make sure everything is fine with you. The doctors do still need to see your baby and make sure it’s progressing nicely,” he said.
He said they were “very young parents” who needed help.
“The father is 14 years old, the mother is 15. They need all the help that people can give them. So if you’re out there, these kids need your help. Give us a ring. Tell us where they are so we can help them,” he said.
“The hospital would like to see the baby to make sure it’s alright.”
The teenagers come from the Mt Druitt area and they have family on the Central Coast.
“We’ve spoken to their parents and they have given us some information that they are working on.”
He said Family and Community Services have been notified.
Police described Jayden as being of Caucasian appearance, with brown eyes and short brown hair. He is believed to be wearing a black and white hooded jumper.
Jenifer is described as being of Caucasian appearance with long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white hooded jumper, grey tracksuit pants and Ugg boots.
The man they were thought to be with was wearing a black Everlast jumper, police said.
Anyone with information has been urged to contact triple zero immediately.
On Wednesday, Jayden’s mother posted photographs of her newborn granddaughter on her Facebook page.
“My pride and joy,” she wrote.
“This is Jayden 1 hour and my Most beautiful Girl in the world Aria Jayde Tanya Lavender born 10/04/2017 she is daddy’s girl 100% love you all.”
The photos showed her son cradling Aria, and the baby in hospital wrapped in a blanket.
Just hours after her son went missing, she posted: “My life is always so sad if something good happens something bad follows”. /**/