Woman fakes pregnancy so her husband doesn't leave her, claims gang stole the baby on day of delivery
37-year-old Antonela Milena Padilla quite nearly pulled of an incredibly elaborate scam of epic proportions before her husband's genuine concern for her well-being did her in
A Colombian woman has been accused of faking her pregnancy for nine months so her husband wouldn't leave her and then faking her abduction by a gang on the day the delivery and claiming they had cut the baby out. 37-year-old Antonela Milena Padilla, of Barranquilla, northern Colombia, nearly pulled off an incredible hoax which failed at the last hurdle.
According to the Daily Mail, Padilla had used a cushion to fool her husband into thinking she was pregnant, increasingly filling it with more rags as the months went by to give the impression that the pregnancy was real. She reportedly even printed off an ultrasound scan from the internet to show family and friends.
She managed to pull off the whole shtick because her husband was unsuspecting of her deceit. When the time had come for pre-natal checkups — which in any other case would have unraveled Padilla's plan — he chose to let her go into the examination room while waiting for her at the entrance.
The grand scheme was a day from completion but the last stage of her plan would prove a little too spectacular to be true. On the day of the delivery, Padilla left home at 10 am in the morning to head towards the clinic and later claimed she had been kidnapped by a gang in a red van who drugged her and stole the baby.
She said she woke up at 7 pm that evening outside a supermarket in another part of the city to realize that the baby was gone. She later told her husband and family members that an organ-trafficking gang had abducted her so they could sell the baby on the black market.
While she figured they would lap up the story, her concerned husband insisted she be taken to the local Nino Jesus de Soledad hospital for treatment. The doctors were horrified by her story and notified the police who immediately launched a massive investigation to track down and apprehend the gang.
It's here that her story began coming apart at the seams. The authorities figured there was something fishy going on when a hospital evaluation found she had not suffered any knife injuries consistent with 'backstreet cesarean.' A blood test then found she did not have any traces of sedatives in her body and that she had never been pregnant.
However, this did not stop her from continuing to claim that she had been pregnant and that she had been abducted. Further proof of her lies came from the gynecologist, with Padilla's mother-in-law saying, "They did the tests, and she still tried to convince them she had been expecting. But the gynecologist confirmed she had never been pregnant."
She continued, "We never suspected anything because although her belly was small, some pregnant women don't have big bellies so we didn't think anything was strange. I have to speak with my son so he can tell me what was going on. He has had various relationships but never had children. There is no need, no reason for her to do this."
Police commander Mariano Cotero Coy said that Padilla had been called in to provide a declaration and that she would be charged with wasting public resources. "In the hospital, we see people lying down in queues, from 5 am waiting for an appointment, and this lady feigning her pregnancy meant that she was attended to before others who really needed it," he said.
As for Padilla, she reportedly fled the hospital at 3 am this past Sunday, two hours after the blood test results confirmed she had never been pregnant. Her whereabouts are currently unknown.
Watch the video of Padilla interacting with nurses and claiming she was pregnant below.