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Quebec woman charged with abducting a newborn

Photo of Ottawa police officer. (Photo Credit: Ottawa Police Service)

MONTREAL (CityNews) – The Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit has charged a Quebec woman with multiple offences after the abduction of an eight day old newborn baby on Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 1:40p.m. on May 9, a woman was at the home of the baby and his family in the west end of Ottawa.

She had previously engaged with the mother of the child on a social media chat group for new mothers and had brought a gift for the woman and newborn at their home on Friday.

The suspect then returned to the family’s residence on Sunday and forcefully entered the home, used bear repellent spray to subdue the occupants, abducted the baby and left.

Neighbours were alerted by the activity and intervened. One was able to locate the accused with the baby, distanced away from the residence, and detained her until police arrived. Paramedics said the baby was unharmed.

Investigators believe the accused may have been in contact with other new mothers via social media mother groups.

Nicole Shanks, 32, from Shawville, Quebec, was charged with:

-Administer noxious substance with intent to endanger life x3
-Abduction of a person under 14
-Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace
-Break and enter of a house with intent
-Assault with a weapon
-Carrying a concealed weapon
-Harassment by watching and besetting

The investigation continues.

Anyone with information regarding this abduction is asked to call the Sexual Assault Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.