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Jason Bristol

GLENDALE, Ariz. — New video shows how a Valley father made it out of a Glendale hospital before child welfare workers could take his baby.

Glendale police said the infant was born with drugs in her system, including methamphetamine and marijuana.

Police said when Jason Bristol heard state workers were coming to the hospital to get the child, he made a plan.

Police said the father put his 2-day-old child in a bag, covered her in blankets and tried to sneak her out of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in January.

Surveillance video shows how he managed to get the baby passed staff and alarmed doors.

When Bristol enters the scene he’s carrying a bag and looking for an exit. At the time, hospital staff didn’t know there was a baby in the bag. Bristol heads for the door but it’s locked.

The surveillance video does not include audio, but police said at one point an alarm is going off inside the hospital triggered by a device on the baby’s arm. The place is in lockdown.

That’s when you see a hospital staff member walking down the hall toward Bristol. The employee takes out a key card and swipes it.

A spokesperson for Banner Thunderbird said this was to turn off the alarm not to open the door.

There’s a conversation between Bristol and the employee then Bristol heads toward a different door and another alarm goes off. This time, two staff members approach and another key card is swiped. They leave and Bristol is approached by a third employee.

Remember, there is an infant wrapped up in blankets in the bag Bristol is holding at risk of suffocation, according to a police report.

None of the hospital staff has noticed.

When Bristol is alone again, he takes a peek inside the bag but does not take the child out. In fact, he leans up against the wall, puts the bag behind his back and does nothing for about 30 seconds.

Then with no staff in sight, Bristol makes one last move for the door — the same door that wouldn’t budge a few minutes earlier. This time it opens and soon he’s in the lobby and headed for the exit.

So, why did the door open the second time? The hospital said it’s a fire escape, so it cannot remain locked. It automatically unlocks 15 seconds after the first attempt to open it. So you see the dad going through the second time because more than 15 seconds had passed.

The hospital said the staff members did what they were supposed to do.

The dad was arrested and the state took custody of the baby.