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U.S. Talks with Syria, Iran, Iraq; Texas Newborn for Kidnapped; Cancellation of Nevada Democratic Party Debate; D.C. Madam Threatening to Release Phone Records; Walter Reed Hospital Scandal; 82nd Airborne Division Mourning Paratroopers; U.S. Military Difficulty Recruiting; Cockroaches and Terminates

Aired March 10, 2007 - 12:00   ET


FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN NEWS ANCHOR: Happening right now, a frantic search underway in Texas for a newborn baby, this one right here. The girl, just three days old, was snatched inside a Lubbock hospital by a woman. The suspect, described as an African-American woman in her 20s posed as a hospital worker. She is shown in surveillance video. Police say the baby is jaundice and needs immediate medical attention. Just moments ago, CNN's Don Lemon spoke with a police official.

DON LEMON, CNN NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Lieutenant this person ever seen in the hospital? Did hospital employs or workers know this person at all? Was she familiar?

LT SCOTT HUDGENS, LUBBOCK POLICE: No, the familiar said they don't know who she is and the staff didn't recognize her.

LEMON: Explain the medical condition of this child for us again, will you?

HUDGENS: All that I know is that she's jaundiced and that she's in need of medical attention for that condition.

LEMON: Yeah, manpower, as far as working on this case trying to find the baby and the woman?

HUDGENS: We've got our entire (INAUDIBLE)...


WHITFIELD: And straight now to Lubbock, Texas for an update.

HUDGENS: ...determined that indeed a kidnapping had occurred and immediately went into the process of the investigation. Our Crime against Person section and our Juvenile Crime section are both working this investigation, as well as the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and Lubbock County Federal Bureau of Investigation, also the Center for Missing and Exploited Children has come in and sent volunteers to assist in the matter.

The way this happened was a female, posing as a hospital employee, went into the hospital room, told the family that they need to take the baby for some tests and then left the room.

And a description was given of the suspect and I believe everybody should have a copy of the composite sketch, as well as the video that went with that, is that correct? OK. If you don't and you'd like some, please contact me and I'll make sure you get it.

Our patrol division is also actively keeping an eye out for this suspect. And if the person that has this baby is listening, I would just implore them, please, take them to someplace safe, drop them off if need be and that's our main concern right now, is the safety of this child. There is some medical conditions that we're concerned about and we just really would like to get the child back so they can get the proper care.

The vehicle that these people were last seen in was a 2000-2006 red Dodge pickup truck with black tint or black trim and tinted windows. We don't have a direction of travel, the last place that vehicle was seen was in the parking lot of the hospital.

Miss Stafford.

GWEN STAFFORD, SR VP COVENANT MED CTR: Covenant Medical Center is most appreciative of the efforts of the Lubbock Police Department and all the law enforcement authorities. Our prayers are certainly with the family and with sincere faith that this baby will be reunited. I would urge the public, who has always been very helpful in these type of situations, to help us get the baby back to their mommy and the family. So, I think our focus of getting the baby reunited.

The employees and all of the staff, the physicians are all devastated, along with the family and our prayers, our love go out to them. And we would hope the public will extend their prayers, their hopes and certainly their help if possible on locating the baby.


STAFFORD: Betsy, I want to be very careful that we don't compromise the security system that we have up there and so I'm going to be -- in the interest of protecting all of them, be purposely vague. We have a very good system. It is a system that is sensitive to the baby and if this system did fail, then there was something that didn't work as we wanted it to such that it was compromised.

I really hesitate to go into that because I don't want to jeopardize that. I was up at the hospital visiting with the nurses, saw the system. And it is an excellent system in the timeframe. So, we'll work on that, certainly immediately, and right now. But, again, I want to keep the focus on this on finding that little baby.


STAFFORD: I don't know the age of the mommy and I don't know if it's her only child. I'm trying again, as you know, hospitals do have HIPAA regulations and I'm not being purposely vague. I certainly want to respect HIPAA and that security.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let's give somebody else a chance -- Justin.

QUESTION: With that security system, I understand that you would be a little bit vague, but did that security system also protect the baby (INAUDIBLE) hospital staff (INAUDIBLE) cautious of (INAUDIBLE) regarding the staff?

STAFFORD: Right. There are -- certainly all of our employees wear name badges. And it is unclear if this individual, indeed, had a name badge. So, I think that the baby was rooming in with the mommy. And so it did occur in the victim's room.


STAFFORD: I don't think that our staff had seen this person, but the family was the one that was very helpful to the police, I think, in giving descriptions, so we're relying on the family members.


STAFFORD: Again, I don't want to interfere with the police investigation, but I think that there was more, perhaps, more than one time that this individual went in the room. The mother is a wonderful person and certainly was appropriate (ph).


STAFFORD: Again, not going to violate HIPAA, but I can tell you, as all of us would understand, she's distraught, devastated and again, our heart goes out to her. And I think the normal emotions that a mommy would feel at this time are certainly being experienced.


WHITFIELD: You're listening to the vice president of Covenant Medical Center, Gwen Stafford, talking about how their heart goes out to the family members, where a search now is intensifying for the three-day-old baby taken from an unidentified -- or by, rather, an unidentified woman who came into the room of the newborn's mother and then took the baby saying that the baby need some additional tests. And you saw the surveillance tape of the woman who they believe now has possession of this baby, right here.

The suspect is described as a black woman in her 20s, standing 5'3", 150 pounds, with auburn hair and last seen in a 2006 red Dodge pickup truck with black trim and tinted windows. If you have any information about this baby, about the suspect, you're asked to call Lubbock County Sheriff's Department at 806-775-2788.

Meantime, another story we're following out of Iraq. Mortar explosions sent smoke raising over Iraq's foreign ministry building in Baghdad. Inside, diplomats learned firsthand about the violence that they are there to fix. No injuries or damage, but talks are underway and they are significant. The U.S. is sitting down with several of Iraq's neighbors, including, and this is big -- Syria and Iran. It's about moving beyond a military solution and seeking regional support for Iraq's fledgling government. Iraq's prime minister, Nuri al Maliki, warning all that his country won't be used as a battleground to settle international disputes.

And that's where Daniel Speckhard is taking part in the conference and he joins us now. He is the deputy chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and joins us now.

Good to see you. And was there any moment of feeling of that you and others were not safe when these explosions took place?

AMB DANIEL SPECKHARD, U.S. DEPT CHIEF OF MISSION, IRAQ: No. I mean, this -- the explosion was heard out here, but actually the person giving his intervention at that particular time didn't even stop and kept the meeting kept on going, so it was a productive meeting and it wasn't disrupted by an attempt, obviously, by some extremist to try to disrupt the constructive talks going on amongst the neighbors and the international community.

WHITFIELD: All right, so Mr. Ambassador, let's talk about those talks. The objective is to explore ways to improve support for the people there, try to get a grasp of the security as well throughout the country of Iraq. What are the realistic expectations that you all can walk away from once this meeting ends?

SPECKHARD: Well, I think what people are looking for is political support for the program and the government and Prime Minister Maliki, in particularly the security plan and the effort to promote reconciliation here. The government has taken some important steps along those lines, but clearly the neighbors can do a lot to help in that regard. And so, I think, what we heard today was expressions of support for the prime minister and his program and promises of continued support in the areas of security and the economic side.

WHITFIELD: So you underscore the importance of the neighbors, but at the same time the prime minister, al Maliki, said that he will not allow his country to be used as a battleground to settle any kind of regional disputes. Well, it's not a battleground, but perhaps is this a playing field so that people in the region, namely Syria, Iran and Iraq, as well as the U.S., now a participant, to help settle some disputes first?

SPECKHARD: Well, I think what you are seeing, at this conference, is the desire by all participants around the table to support stability here, support security, and construct reconciliation process in Iraq, that we all share the same common goals for Iraq in terms of it's future stability and prosperity and that no one benefits from Iraq that's not stable or is fielded by violence. So, good statements, the challenge now is to see it followed up by actions.

WHITFIELD: There is an opportunity here for you to talk with your counterparts from Iran, as well as Syria. When we have heard from Condoleezza Rice on down that the U.S. was not interested in engaging in dialogue with Iran or Syria. Being that you will all be in the same room, might that kind of conversation take place?

SPECKHARD: Well, for over a year, in fact, we have been willing to talk out here. The ambassador has the authority to talk about Iraq and the security of Iraq with the Iranians. At today's conference, that's what we did across the table in a multilateral form. And as we concentrated on those issues, there were also some side discussions in that same meeting hall, focused again on Iraq's security and on the contents of that multilateral meeting, today. So, when it comes to Iraq's stability, the protection of our troops, and the protection of Iraqi civilians, we've been open to having that discussion.

WHITFIELD: Ambassador Daniel Speckhard, joining us from Baghdad, thanks so much and good luck on your talks. We look forward to hearing the conclusion of these talks, today.

Meantime, we want to take you back to Lubbock, Texas where a press conference is underway in the ongoing search for that three-day- old baby taken from the hospital there, Covenant Medical Center. Let's listen in.

QUESTION: (INAUDIBLE) what kind of charges are going to be filed?

HUDGENS: Well, the first thing we'd like to do is get the baby back safely. And what we hope would happen would be the person who has the child, take him to a hospital, a him to a police department, it doesn't have to be the Lubbock Police Department, any surrounding community or wherever they might be, take him to the police department, a paramedic station, EMS station, just anywhere. Take them to a store and drop her off and -- so that she'll be safe and not just sitting out somewhere.

Please take her to a store or some public place so somebody will notice she's there and give us a call, so we can get the proper treatment for her.

QUESTION: You have a pretty accurate description of the suspect (INAUDIBLE) or do you have surveillance of the parking lot area (INAUDIBLE)?

HUDGENS: It was from -- we don't have a tag number, it was from -- description was given by witnesses.

QUESTION: You said it's a 2006...

HUDGENS: Correct, that's the information we've got. If anybody has information, please call 775-2788, which is the Juvenile Crimes section. And of course crime line is always available, 741-1000, or call the police desk, 775-2816. And please help us get this baby back to her parents and to the proper medical treatment. I believe that's all we've got time for, and appreciate you coming out and for your help.

WHITFIELD: We're going to continue to keep you updated on the ongoing search for this three-day-old baby and the suspect, this woman who's believed to have just gone into the hospital and actually removed the baby from the room where the parents were saying that the baby needed additional medical tests, and next thing you know the baby had left the hospital along with that suspect. If you have any information, call this number on your screen, 806-775-2788. Straight ahead in the NEWSROOM, a former escort service owner has a list and a lot of people aren't too happy that they are on it today.

And if you were on a flight, would you know what to do if flames were to break out on your plane?


WHITFIELD: Happening right now, a frantic search underway in Texas for this newborn baby, the girl just three-days-old was snatched from a Lubbock hospital by a woman. The suspect described as an African-American woman in her early 20s posed as a hospital worker. She is shown here in the surveillance video. Police say the baby girl is jaundiced and needs immediate medical attention.


HUDGENS: I think it was within 10, 15 minutes, I believe, from the time they knew that the infant was missing until the time the police were notified.


WHITFIELD: And in Chicago, a deadly inferno. Four people killed in an apartment fire, the building, just a block from Wrigley Field.

The "Associated Press" reports five years of war made it more difficult for U.S. military leaders to find fresh took place. It says Pentagon officials are having a trouble coming up with enough units to fill brigade combat teams in Iraq. The report adds that the likely result would be extending some tours of duty or starting others earlier.

And then there are those troops who don't make it home. Their buddies, as close as family, they're the loss with a mix of pride, sorrow and grief. Our Pentagon correspondent, Barbara Starr has more on that.


BARBARA STARR, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 82nd Airborne Division is mourning. On Monday, six of its paratroopers were killed in and IED attack in Samarra, north of Baghdad. The deadliest day for the 82nd since the war on terror began.

While Washington debaits the concept of a troop withdrawal and talks of a security crackdown in Baghdad, for six families, the grief is personal. In Texas, Marlin Kosters' 19-year-old son, Private First Class Cory Kosters, graduated high school just two years ago. Cory put off going to college.

MARLIN KOSTERS, SON KILLED IN SAMARRA: He wanted to go out there and do something for his country, and he did.

STARR: In Virginia, 27-year-old Staff Sergeant Robert Stanley's family said Rob believed his fellow soldiers were not just comrades, but his brothers in arms. And the six men died as brothers trying to save each other. According to reports, they were in two armored Humvees, after the first hit an IED, the second Humvee moved in, trying to push the first to safety. It was blown up by a second roadside bomb.

The grief from just one incident felt in so many towns. In New Hampshire, teacher Kathy Hansen remembers the mischievous student who became 22-year-old Specialist Justin Rollins.

KATHY HANSEN, FRIEND OF KILLED PARATROOPER: He would turned on his smile and his charm it kind washed away everything else.

STARR: There is speculation the attacks in Samarra may be coming from insurgents who have already fled the Baghdad crackdown. It matters little right now.

MAJ JIM BRISSON, CHAPLAIN 82ND AIRBORNE: The most sorrowful grief, that I've seen, the deepest, painful grief I've seen has come from wives. I think soldiers ban together and they say "this is my brother, this is my sister."

STARR (on camera): The six paratroopers who died together in Iraq, all came home together, all of their remains returning to the United States on the same military flight.

Barbara Starr, CNN, the Pentagon.


WHITFIELD: The Walter Reed scandal -- President Bush's special commission is now in place and ready to get to work. Its mission, fixing what's broken with the healthcare system from wounded veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Among the problems uncovered at the Walter Reed Medical Center, mold-covered walls and rodent infestations. Democrats are placing the blame on the Bush administration.


HARRY MITCHELL (D), CONGRESSMAN, ARIZONA: Walter Reed is the Army's finest medical facility in the country and the doctors and nurses who work there are the best in the business. But the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed aren't being treated like the heroes they are. They're living in decrepit rooms, black mold covers the walls and rodents ran free. These conditions are unacceptable.


WHITFIELD: The Walter Reed Commission's report is due on President Bush's desk by June 30.

The Walter Reed fall out, a hot issue, On THIS WEEK AT WAR with John Roberts. Plus, the latest on the war in Iraq and President Bush's trip to Latin America. Don't miss THIS WEEK AT WAR, 7:00 Eastern, only here on CNN. Why some in Washington are bracing for another sex scandal. This woman is at the center of a legal battle with a long list of alleged clients.


WHITFIELD: Happening right now, a frantic search underway in Texas for this newborn baby girl. She's just three-days-old and was snatched from a Lubbock hospital by a woman. The suspect described as an African-American woman in her early 20s, posed as a hospital worker. She is shown in a surveillance video, as well. Police say the baby is jaundiced and needs immediate medical attention.

Let's check in right now with Reynolds Wolf who is keeping his eye on all things weather all across the map. Good morning to you.

REYNOLDS WOLF, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Good morning to you, Fred.

WHITFIELD: Or should I say, good afternoon. Oops.

WOLF: Either way, you know, there's some place it's still morning, believe it or not.


WOLF: Namely, over towards West Coast. So, there you go.


WHITFIELD: Pretty pleasant stuff. I like that.

WOLF: Yeah, how about that?

WHITFIELD: All right, thanks a lot Reynolds.

Well, the nerves are on edge in Washington. Will the alleged "D.C. Madam" reveal her secrets? A federal vimt accuses former escort service owner Deborah Jean Palfrey of running a prostitution ring. To help pay for her defense, she's threatening to release phone records on more than 10,000 of her past clients.

Palfrey has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including racketeering. She says the business was strictly a legal fantasy service.


DEBORAH PALFREY, FMR ESCORT SERVICE OWNER: Having learned from past mistakes in judgment and in order to ensure that the services provided remained within the boundaries of the law, each subcontractor signed a legally binding contract at the onset of employment, stating she would not, among other things, engage in illegal behavior while employed at Pamela Martin and Associates.

Furthermore, each woman was furnished with a guideline explaining the differences between legal and illegal sexual contact. (END VIDEO CLIP)

WHITFIELD: So a federal judge has not ruled yet on whether Palfrey can publicize her client list.

Democratic presidential candidates won't be slugging it out in Nevada as they had planned to do. The state Democratic Party has called off a debate scheduled for August. And FOX News Channel's president, Roger Ailes, is getting the blame. The network was scheduled to co-host the debate, but Democratic leaders say Ailes made an unacceptable joke about Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama's name and its similarity to Osama bin Laden's.

The most crucial 90 seconds of your life. Heaven forbid, you're in a plane crash, like this one, this week in Indonesia. Critical information, however, on survival.

And somebody in Congress thought it'd be a bright idea to start daylight saving time early. Well, it may zap your energy, but does it save any?

And does this make sense? Sleep more and there's less time to eat? Does that mean light sleepers are heavy eaters? Find out in the weekend NEWSROOM.

And if you've got a home, you can identify. A dirty condition is an open invitation for cockroaches. And termites can get in and eat your home if it's not sufficiently bug-proofed. CNN's Gerri Willis has some tips on keeping your home pest free in today's installment of "Modern Living."


GERRI WILLIS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Another common household pest, cockroaches.

(on camera): What are the first signs that I may have a cockroach problem.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, the best bet is to actually see one. When you see one, that means there are hundreds behind the wall.

WILLIS (voice-over): And they can pose a threat to your health.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have allergens that are associated with cockroaches and people who have asthma are highly affected by them.

WILLIS: The best defense, keep your home clean and food sealed in containers. Use a calking gun to fill up holes in your home to keep cockroaches from coming in, and keep moisture to a minimum.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Like most pests, you know, they breed in water, and they love water, so you want to make sure that you get rid of the water.

WILLIS: Another thing to get rid of, that stack of firewood. It's a breeding ground for termites, so you want to keep it as far away from your home as possible.

(on camera): So, if I have termites, obviously I want to take to take steps right away, but to prevent them from coming in the first place, what should I be doing with my house?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, the main thing is to make sure that the foundation is secure, that there is concrete barrier in between.

WILLIS (voice-over): Termites can also find their way into your home through furniture or contractors, so make sure you inspect every piece of wood thoroughly.

I'm Gerri Willis, and that's this week's "Modern Living."



WHITFIELD: Happening right now a frantic search under way in Texas for this newborn baby. The girl just three days old was snatched from a Lubbock hospital by a woman. The suspect described as an African-American woman in her early 20's posed as a hospital worker. She is shown here in surveillance video. Police say the baby girl is jaundiced and needs immediate medical attention.

President Bush now in Uruguay, he's ignoring regional protests and sticking to his talk of trade and friendship. In a news conference a short time ago with Uruguay's president, Mr. Bush defended U.S. diplomacy.


BUSH: I would call our diplomacy quiet and effective diplomacy. Diplomacy all aimed at helping people, aimed at elevating the human condition, aimed at expressing the great compassion of the American people.


WHITFIELD: Meantime, on the other side of the world, mortar blasts not far from an international peace conference in Baghdad. No one was hurt, but it was a stark reminder of the difficult task at hand, as delegates focus on how to improve security in Iraq. One hopeful sign Americans and Iranians used the occasion to talk.

Ready for battle, the navy shows off its new high tech war ship built in a city battling back from disaster. CNN's gulf coast correspondent Susan Roesgen takes us on a tour.


SUSAN ROESGEN, CNN GULF COAST CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): This is the USS New Orleans getting ready to sail.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When we move to the pacific and take this ship throughout the world, we take a piece of New Orleans with us and that's important to me.

ROESGEN: Commander Brad Skillman says he fell in love with the city while his ship was being built here. It's the second in a new class of navy ships. This was the first, the USS San Antonio and it had leaking pipes and a faulty computer system, problems the navy says are not on the USS New Orleans.

CMDR. BRAD SKILLMAN, USS NEW ORLEANS: You're in Detroit and you want to build new cars, you build one first, you figure out what works and what doesn't work, and then you adjust and then you put it on the assembly line. It is a natural progression as we learn how to do it right.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Radiologists, x-ray technicians through here.

ROESGEN: The navy calls this ship a city at sea, with everything the crew needs to stay on board for months. On the bridge, super sophisticated technology.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So instead of having these big charts laid out on a table to navigate with, we can actually, once we get certified, take away all these paper charts from the ship and solely rely on the electronic charting system that we have. For the 21st century this is what the navy is going to.

ROESGEN: But on deck, the ship still drops anchor with a chain as wide as your waist.

JOSE CANIZALEZ, BOATSWAIN MATE: We have a sledgehammer and we hit it and we just let it free fall. It will take not even a minute to have actually the ship stop.

ROESGEN: But more than anything else, this ship is made to fight.

So what am I taking out here?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Oh, let's see. Unfortunately, there's nothing really in your field of fire here.

ROESGEN: If there were, this ship could knock it out of the water with this 50 caliber machine gun, or knock a missile out of the sky with a missile of its own inside that giant white capsule. The ship will go through a series of exercises before the first deployment expected in early 2009. And although she was built in New Orleans and named New Orleans, her home port will be San Diego. But a ship built to fight might not stay in port for long. Susan Roesgen, CNN, New Orleans.


WHITFIELD: Well, they are home from war and, boy, somebody's happy. A whole lot of somebodies. One hundred seventy members of Maine's army National Guard got back to Bangor last night. The unit spent a year doing security detail in Baghdad and the Iraqi town of Talil. Two members of the main guard did not come home, however. They died in a bomb attack.

Mourning the loss now of a seventh person in that fatal bus crash in Atlanta more than a week ago. A fifth baseball player from Bluffton University has died of his injuries, Freshman Zach Arend had been in critical condition since last Friday's crash, his family by his side. He and four other players were killed when their charter bus fell from an overpass on the interstate. Also killed, the bus driver and his wife. Four people remain hospitalized.

Moments after that bus plunged off the bridge, help was on the way. In all the confusion witnesses and survivors were dialing 911. Here's the call one bus passenger made.


OPERATOR: Atlanta, 911 emergency.

CALLER: Yeah, we've just been in a bus accident... uh... I don't know where we're at.

OPERATOR: I need a location.

CALLER: Uh, where are we at, sir?

BACKGROUND: You're on 75 South.

CALLER: 75 South.

BACKGROUND: I've got somebody coming.

CALLER: Ok, we've got somebody coming. Ok... a lot of people, please hurry.

OPERATOR: Ok, what all is going on, Sir? Talk to me.


OPERATOR: What's going on?

CALLER: A lot of people laying down on the ground in different places.

OPERATOR: About how many? Give me an estimate so we'll know how many ambulances. How many?

CALLER: Uh... we're talking 50... not 50.... about, at least 33... 33 people on this bus.

OPERATOR: Ok, y'all on the expressway or are you on the street?

CALLER: I think we fell off the expressway, we hit a road and fell off the actual bridge.


CALLER: Um... yeah. OPERATOR: The bus fell over the bridge?

CALLER: Yeah... I...

OPERATOR: Ok... now we've got help coming out there now. They'll be there shortly. Ok?

CALLER: I gotta get out of here.

OPERATOR: Alright.

CALLER: Alright. Bye-bye.


WHITFIELD: Federal investigators have gone over the crash scene inch by inch, even reenacting the accident. No definitive cause being released as of yet.

This weekend's CNN special investigations unit also retraces that fatal journey. Drew Griffin is the host at 8:00 eastern tonight and Sunday only on CNN.

A lot of us are going to be flying this spring and summer, so what can you do if things go wrong? We'll hear from the experts straight ahead.

And remember to spring forward tonight. Not everyone is happy about starting daylight saving time so early this year. Find out why.


STEPHEN KOEPP, EXECUTIVE EDITOR, FORTUNE: Starbucks is number two on the overall list of most admired companies of Fortune and the reason is they rank so high in areas of innovation, taking good care of their employees in terms of healthcare and also quality of products, people know what they're going to get when they go to a Starbucks. I think they do so well in their business because of setting trends and bucking a lot of things. They run into obstacles and they go over them. What do you do when you're saturated? Well, well just get people to stay in the stores longer and think of ourselves as more of a destination or a lifestyle kind of place. Those are the cyclical nature of that business where you kind of run out of gas because you're not interesting anymore, they've surmounted that.



WHITFIELD: Happening right now a desperate search in Lubbock, Texas for a 3-day-old baby with jaundice. Police are urging anyone with information to call 806-775-2788. They say the baby was abducted from the hospital by a woman posing as a medical worker. A surveillance camera shows the suspect walking through the hospital lobby. Police say she may have had a male accomplice. A deadly plane crash near Chicago and now federal investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong. Two people on board a twin engine plane were killed when the aircraft went down on a busy street in Munster, Indiana. The plane narrowly missed cars and buildings. And more than 100 people survived this week's fiery crash of an Indonesian airliner. Amazingly, many of them walked away from the crash site. According to experts that's not just a matter of luck. CNN's Brian Todd on how to increase your chances of surviving.



BRIAN TODD, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The planes nose sheared off. Smoke and flames whipping around inside and out. A survivor says getting out alive meant getting out quickly.

ALESSANDRO BERTELLIOTI, INDONESIAN CRASH SURVIVOR: Everything was dark and smoky and people were shouting and screaming. Then 10 seconds after, everything was over because we managed to get out from the back door.

TODD: Current and former U.S. aviation safety officials tell CNN time is crucial in survival plane crashes like the one in Indonesia. And the 2005 Air France crash in Toronto when all 309 people on board made it out safely. Experts point to a simple rule.

DENESE GOUBIN, FLIGHT ATTENDANT: You have to be able to exit an aircraft within 90 seconds.

TODD: Federal officials tell us that in as little as a minute and a half, a fire like this one can erupt into a flashover. Filling the cabin with deadly smoke as shown in this simulation. How dangerous is that in a survivable accident?

BLAIN STANLEY, PLANE EVACUATION INSTRUCTOR: Most people who are alive when the airplane comes to a stop, but end up dead die because of smoke inhalation. They are consumed by the smoke and fire because the evacuation does not proceed rapidly enough.

TODD: To get out rapidly, experts say, know ahead of time where the nearest exit is. After the crash, find that exit or any break in the fuselage. To get to it, crouch if you have to, but don't crawl.

STANLEY: Getting really low on an aircraft to evacuate simply makes it so people start to trample over you.

TODD: If you can't get to an opening right way, you can buy yourself a few more seconds.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Bring your shirt up over your nose and mouth and breathe through it.

TODD: Before those heart-stopping moments, before your plane even takes off, some other advice from safety experts, wear long pants and sleeves and shoes that cover your feet completely to protect from burning. Do something most of us never do, pay attention to the flight attendant's preflight safety instructions. Brian Todd, CNN, Washington.


WHITFIELD: And straight ahead in the NEWSROOM, that search for the 3-day-old baby out of Lubbock, Texas, it intensifies. Meantime, I'll be talking to a doctor about the kind of medical concerns that they have about this jaundiced baby. More when we come back.

REYNOLDS WOLF, CNN METEOROLOGIST: Hi, folks, I'm Reynolds Wolf with a look at today's cold and flu season report. In parts of California as well as the great basin including the Pacific Northwest, we have widespread cases of the flu. In the southeast United States, especially in Georgia and into the Carolinas, same story. You can also say the same through much of the northeast. That's a look at today's cold and flu season report.


WHITFIELD: Happening right now a frantic search under way in Texas for this newborn baby, the girl just three days old was snatched from a Lubbock hospital by a woman. The suspect described as an African-American woman in her early 20's posed as a hospital worker. She is shown here in surveillance video. Police say the baby girl is jaundiced and needs immediate medical attention. Dr. Marc Siegel often joins us, he's out of NYU, he's a professor as well as a doctor. He's on the line with us now on the phone. Dr. Siegel, how critical is this baby's condition to getting immediate medical attention?

DR. MARC SIEGEL, PROF., NEW YORK UNIV. MEDICAL SCHOOL: Good afternoon, Fredricka. I would say it's very critical because first of all you know the jaundice can be something that wears off on its own. It has to do though with red blood cells being macerated and broken down and the lights help a lot. Without the lights, that's more of a problem. And a percentage of these babies won't make it without treatment, plus, we're talking about a situation where the baby is not getting proper nutrition. Three day old babies really can't get very much, you know they can only really survive on either mother's milk or on electrolyte type solution. So it's very dire that the baby be found.

WHITFIELD: So a number of things that you're touching on here from diet and the medical condition of the baby, given that she's jaundiced. Can you treat a jaundiced baby outside of a medical facility?

SIEGEL: You really can't. I mean you need a certain kind of setup using ultra violet light. I mean any ultra violet light would help, but you wouldn't know what to set the radiation at. You wouldn't know how much to give. They've got to be very carefully monitored under that situation, because you're getting more and more breakdown of red blood cells. Again, some of these babies, a large percentage will get better on their own without the lights. We don't know which category this baby is in. We don't know how severe it is. WHITFIELD: So there could be other conditions attached to jaundice perhaps that we don't know about or maybe even doctors don't know about this 3-day-old baby as of yet.

SIEGEL: That's a very good point, Fredricka. You know I was thinking before that in fact a lot of the babies that are jaundiced have respiratory problems. The baby might be premature. You know we don't know how much intensive care this baby was getting. The jaundice could easily be a sign of other kinds of immaturity that require prompt attention.

WHITFIELD: Dr. Marc Siegel, we always enjoy your expertise. Thanks so much for joining us from New York.

SIEGEL: Thanks Fredricka, thanks for having me.

WHITFIELD: And of course we're going to continue to focus on this intensified search for this three day old baby and the suspect.

Meantime, saving time, saving energy. Will setting our clocks ahead early this year make any difference? That's in the NEWSROOM.


CHRIS MCGINNIS, EXPEDIA.COM: About 82 percent of Americans are saying that they're going to be flying as much or more than they did last year. So that means that the best hotel rooms, the most convenient flights are starting to sell out already. So you must book your spring break travel right now. You definitely need to work the calendar to your advantage if you want to save money during spring break. Easter falls on April 8th this year so that weekend is going to be very, very busy and very expensive. If you're on a budget, I think the best idea is to let the deal determine the destination, then you decide how much money you want to spend. And then about a week or two ahead of time, start going to last-minute websites and patrol around for what works into your budget and go there. Because if you want to go to the most popular spring break destinations, which include Florida, Texas and Mexico, it's going to be very difficult to find a deal. But if you want to get off the beaten path, you're definitely going to save some money and probably have a pretty good trip.



WHITFIELD: Here's a reminder, before you go to bed tonight set your clocks ahead by an hour. And if you're upset at the earlier start to daylight saving time, you're not alone. CNN's Bob Franken reports.


BOB FRANKEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The airline industry calls the early jump ahead an onerous challenge, it messes up schedules, particularly overseas. The literally down to earth farmers don't like it either. Of course they never did like daylight saving time. They already get up early enough. And it confuses their cows, it upsets the milking schedule. It can also really play havoc with Saturday night Sunday morning's bar time. So if you're among those who are not pleased, blame this guy.

REP. ED MARKEY, (D) MASSACHUSETTS: It lowers the number of traffic fatalities when the hour of daylight is moved to the evening. It helps people who have trouble seeing because in the light they can move around in the evening much more freely. It helps with the issue of energy savings.

FRANKEN: Congressman Ed Markey basis his conclusions on those energy reductions on studies done in the 1970's. But many U.S. government officials are skeptical, pointing out that was then and this is now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Today we have energy efficiency. Today we have conservation. Today we have better technologies and better appliances. So I think we are going to be curious to see when this is all over in November, to see what the difference is.

FRANKEN: The law requires that in November the energy department will begin to study whether the extended daylight saving time really did make much of a difference. But according to Congressman Markey, it's an idea whose time has come, an hour early of course.

MARKEY: In addition it also brings a smile to people's faces.

FRANKEN: Bob Franken, CNN, Washington.


WHITFIELD: A look at the top stories in a moment. "IN THE MONEY" is next. Here's a preview.

ALI VELSHI: Thanks. Coming up on "IN THE MONEY," how to tell if we're heading for a recession and why you should care. Plus, what a new documentary reveals about credit card debt. And see whether it's smarter to buy stuff for charity or just give the cash. All that and more after a quick check of the headlines.


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