May 28, 2014
By Jane Brown
A Quebec mother is crediting users of social media for the return of her newborn baby, Victoria. Melissa McMahon posted a message on Facebook yesterday thanking the many thousands of people who shared the photograph on social media of the woman thought to have abducted the infant from a hospital in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. She wrote, that “each click, each share made the difference.”
Police issued an amber alert on Monday night after the baby was snatched, apparently by a woman who was wearing scrubs and posing as a nurse. The suspect’s neighbours recognized the woman in the photo, called police and went looking for the baby themselves. The young women were at the apartment building when police safely recovered the baby.
They later had a chance to meet the new mother. “Yes, yes, the mother was crying and and she was very happy and with Victoria.”
The incident has also sparked concerns about how to prevent the same kind of thing from happening in the future. The Quebec health minister has asked all of the province’s hospitals to review their security procedures and also suggested Quebec look into fitting newborn children in maternity wards with electronic bracelets to better track their movements.