Brainerd police officers and St. Joseph's Medical Center staff members responded today to a report of a baby missing from the hospital.
The report, however, was only part of a training drill at the hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Melody Banks. For the training, a "Code Pink" had been issued about 8:30 a.m., meaning an infant or child had been lost or was missing, said Banks. When the code was issued, hospital staffers were searching the rooms, halls and parking lots of the hospital.
The Law Enforcement Center dispatch center said they were aware a drill would be taking place. However, the drill was done unannounced to hospital staffers in order to make it as real of a scenario as possible, said Dale Benson, St. Joseph's Medical Center director of human resources.
A hospital employee, not knowing the code was a drill, called 911 to report the missing child.
Brainerd police were inadvertently informed of a missing baby and started to respond to the hospital. A Law Enforcement Center dispatcher quickly called the officers off because the situation was just a practice drill.
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