Montreal, QC, Canada (4E) – Quebec police found an abducted newborn from the home of the kidnapper three hours after the baby girl was taken from her mother in a local hospital on Monday.
An Amber Alert issued immediately after Victoria Boisclair-McMahon went missing at the Centre hospitalier régional de Trois-Rivières and the posting of the suspected kidnapper’s photo on social media sites led police to the home of 21-year-old Valérie Poulin Collins, who was arrested on the spot.
Collins disguised as a nurse went to the hospital maternity room of Mélissa McMahon around 7 p.m. ET on Monday and took the newborn, according to police. Security cameras at the hospital caught Collins and her and her car’s photos were posted on Facebook as part of the Amber Alert.
Four young adults recognized the suspect and her red car and alerted the police, who went to Collins home, recovered the baby and returned her to McMahon in the hospital.
Collins was absent when charges of kidnapping and abduction were read against her in court, according to Crown prosecutor Marie-Ève Paquet. She apparently went unconscious and is confined at the same hospital where she took baby Victoria. Doctors did not say what her condition is. They said they are still examining her if she is fit to undergo interrogation and appear in court.
If convicted, Collins faces 10 years to life imprisonment.
McMahon and husband Simon Boisclair were very thankful to the people who helped find their baby.