Jennifer Erin Talbot, 43, was able to pass through immigration at the Manila Airport, but not able to produce any boarding pass, passport or government permits for the baby boy. She had planned to board a Delta Airlines plane bound for the U.S. but was halted by airline personnel at the boarding gate on Wednesday.
The baby was hidden in a sling bag while she passed through immigration, International Airport Investigation Division chief Manuel Dimaano said at a press conference held by the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, CNN reports.
While initially reported as being from Ohio, public records searches from the Associated Press found Talbot owns a residence outside Salt Lake City and received a traffic violation there in March.
The baby boy’s parents have been charged under a child protection law, Dimaano said. The mother was also interviewed by social welfare officers, but the parents have not been place under arrest, CNN reports.
At the news conference Thursday, Talbot shook her head when asked by reporters for comment.