Woman, 32, charged after allegedly abducting eight-day-old baby on Mother’s Day

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Ottawa Police

Ottawa police say a Quebec woman has been charged in the alleged abduction of an eight-day-old baby.

Police say the incident took place Sunday afternoon, when the woman allegedly broke into a west-end home, used bear spray on the occupants and took off with the child.

They say a neighbour was able to detain them nearby until police arrived. Police say the newborn wasn’t hurt.

Investigators say the accused, a 32-year-old woman, had previously been in contact with the child’s mother on social media through a group for new mothers, and had even brought a gift to the home last Friday.

They believe she may have been in touch with other new mothers through such groups.

The suspect is charged with abduction of a person under 14, administering a noxious substance, break and enter, and other offences.