Young women spend night off tracking down newborn’s kidnapper
QUEBEC (PIX11) – A baby girl was just 16 hours old when a kidnapper dressed a nurse snatched her from a hospital bed in Canada.
But it took four young friends just one hour to take justice into their own hands and find the child, CNN reports.
The scary situation began Monday evening at the Center for Health and Social Services of Trois-Rivieres. That’s where a woman wearing a nurse’s uniform plucked baby Victoria from her bed.
The child’s uncle said he spoke with the woman who kidnapped his niece. She told him she was taking the baby for tests.
“She had the attitude, the uniform, all of it,” Danielle Cossette told Canada’s CTV network, “and we never presumed she was a kidnapper.”
Mother Melissa McMahon wrote a Facebook post pleading for help to find her daughter. She included a photo of the kidnapper’s Toyota Yaris – with a “Baby on Board” sign hanging in the window – and it immediately captured the social network’s attention.
By Tuesday night, it had garnered more than 18,000 shares.
Charlene Plante and three friends spotted the post online, Canadian media reported.
“We just wanted to do something for the night, so we went out to find the car,” Charlene Plante told CTV.
When police released a photo of the woman wearing scrubs in the hospital, Plante immediately recognized her former neighbor. So she and her friends drove to the woman’s house, where they found the car in question parked in the driveway.
They called police and within minutes, the baby was safe in an officer’s arms and on her way home.
A 21-year-old woman was taken into custody then to a hospital for evaluation in connection with the abduction.
A police spokeswoman credited the social media savvy of her department and the baby’s mother with rallying an entire community to help rescue the child.
The hospital from where the baby was taken said it is analyzing what happened and working with police to determine whether any security changes are needed.