Newborn kidnapped from Canadian hospital found thanks to Facebook

Mélissa McMahon and Simon Boisclair of Trois-Rivières have their baby back thanks to social media.
By Evan Bleier  |  May 28, 2014 at 1:21 PM
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TROIS-RIVIèRES, Quebec, May 28 (UPI) -- A woman who abducted a newborn baby from the maternity ward of a hospital in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, while wearing a nurse's uniform was tracked down thanks to some vigilant Facebook users.

After Mélissa McMahon and Simon Boisclair's baby went missing, police posted an Amber Alert on Twitter and Facebook describing the 21-year-old who was suspected of taking the baby and the car she was driving.

A group of four friends saw the alert on Facebook and decided to go look for the baby. As more information became available, one of the friends, Charlène Plante, realized she knew the suspect. They drove to the woman's apartment, saw the car outside and then called the police.

Officers quickly arrived, rescued the baby and took the woman into custody. "After the baby was in the hands of the police, it was the best moment in my life," one of the friends, Mélizanne Bergeron, told CBC News. "We were crying."

McMahon and Boisclair now have their fourth child, Victoria, back safely.

"I never thought Quebec could be so helpful and considerate. We got a huge wave of love from the entire population. It helped us get through it," McMahon said.

The suspect was brought to the hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

"It was even better than her birth. I have no words to describe it," Boisclair said.

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