updated 9/12/2009 7:16:28 AM ET 2009-09-12T11:16:28

A hospital is investigating how the mother of a newborn went home with the wrong baby.

Officials with the Mercy Medical Center in Williston, N.D., say the mistake was discovered within an hour and the mother was quickly reunited with her own child.

Mercy Chief Financial Officer Kerry Monson would not release details about how the mix-up happened or what families were involved.

She said in a statement that hospital employees are disheartened by the incident.

Officials are reviewing policies and procedures and will take appropriate action, Monson added.

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