Newborn-snatching suspect 'obsessed with having a baby'

Valerie Poulin-Collins. (Facebook)

Valerie Poulin-Collins. (Facebook)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. — The woman accused of snatching a newborn from a Quebec hospital has been charged with two counts of child abduction despite being unconscious from a suspected drug overdose.

Valerie Poulin-Collins, 21, remained intubated in intensive care Wednesday, prosecutor Marie-Eve Paquet told QMI Agency.

"At this time, (she is) still in stable condition," Paquet said.

Police had held off filing charges while investigators were unable to question her due to her condition.

"The doctors have not given the green light to (interrogate her). We do not know when it will be possible," Surete du Quebec spokesman Hugo Fournier said Wednesday.

Police say they will reassess the situation Thursday.

Poulin-Collins was taken into custody Monday evening in Trois-Rivieres, Que., after a day-old baby named Victoria was kidnapped from a local hospital.

Victoria's parents say a woman dressed as a nurse tricked them into handing over their newborn at 7 p.m. Monday by claiming the child needed to be weighed.

Hospital staff called police, who sent out an Amber alert that was spotted by four local youths who were on Facebook.

The youths went to a home near the hospital and called 911.



Valerie Poulin-Collins. (Facebook)


Poulin-Collins's childhood friend, Beatrice Gingras, told QMI the suspect had become obsessed with having a baby after a sister became pregnant.

Gingras said the suspect has tried to kill herself in the past and often took large doses of medication after surviving a serious car crash.

The friend said she saw Poulin-Collins recently and barely recognized the woman, whose face had swelled considerably.

Gingras also defended her friend, saying, if the allegations are true, she's sure Poulin-Collins would never have hurt the baby, likely just wanting "to show that she was able to take care of someone."

 


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