Facebook post helps find abducted day-old baby girl in Quebec
May 29, 2014, 12:06 am TWN
MONTREAL--The mother of a day-old infant snatched from a Quebec hospital says she's grateful to everyone who helped bring home her baby — especially the group of people who hunted down the alleged kidnapper thanks to a Facebook post.
Police issued an Amber Alert on Monday night after the newborn was abducted from the mother's hospital room in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, by a woman allegedly wearing scrubs and posing as a nurse who said she needed to weigh the baby.
The alert, which included a security-camera photo of the suspect and a description of her car, was splashed across mainstream and social media within minutes.
Four young local residents wasted little time picking up the cause and guided police to the woman's home, where officers found the baby unharmed three hours later. Police also arrested a woman in her early 20s in connection with the kidnapping.
"Every click, every share made the difference," the infant's mother, Melissa McMahon, wrote Tuesday in a post on her Facebook page.
"Four marvelous people, whom we had the chance to meet, identified this woman thanks to Facebook ... We felt a huge amount of support from the public. This victory is for you, too!!!"
The online detectives who helped find baby Victoria were identified as Charlene Plante, Marc-Andre Cote, Sharelle Bergeron and Melizanne Bergeron.
Melizanne Bergeron told reporters Tuesday in Trois-Rivieres that she came across the information about the kidnapping on Facebook and showed the photo of the suspect to her friend Plante, who realized the woman was her neighbor.
She said they spotted the vehicle described in the alert parked outside the building, saw signs that someone was inside and called police. Officers, she added, arrived on the scene quickly and broke down the woman's door.
"Thirty seconds after, the baby was in the hands of the police," said Melizanne Bergeron, who touched Victoria as the officer cradling the infant walked past. "It was the best moment in my life. We were crying."