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Crack-addicted baby returned to hospital by grandmother

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NEW YORK — A crack-addicted newborn girl abducted from a hospital by her mother was returned by the infant's grandmother early Tuesday, about 12 hours after she disappeared.

The baby girl was born last week with cocaine in her system and was placed in the care of the city's Administration for Children's Services. Her mother, Carol Codrington, 29, was allowed to feed and care for her at St. Luke's Hospital but was prohibited from taking her away.

Codrington went to the hospital Monday afternoon to feed the baby. She smuggled the child out of the hospital while nurses weren't looking, police said.

The maternal grandmother, whose name was not released, handed the baby over at a police station about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday. The baby was in good condition.