(CNN) -- Authorities were searching the Delaware River Tuesday after a woman told nurses that she threw her newborn baby and two other children from a bridge into the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
A nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, called the Coast Guard just before 4 a.m. to say a woman told her she had given birth at about 3:35 a.m. and threw her baby into the river, a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The woman told another nurse that she threw her 2-year-old and 4-year-old children from a bridge into the water, the statement said.
The Coast Guard and several other agencies were searching the Delaware River near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, which connects Camden, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.
The Coast Guard said law enforcement authorities are looking for the woman, who left the hospital.