On Saturday night, the woman - who was dressed in white medical gown - allegedly tried to abduct the baby from the hospital’s maternity ward.

A source from the metropolitan command of Porto’s PSP police force said that the 48-year-old woman had entered the room where the baby and its family members were.

The woman tried to pick the baby up and its father later decided to call the police.

Following this, Porto’s São João Hospital Centre is to open an internal inquiry aimed at the “complete clarification” of the attempt to abduct a newborn baby.