Suspected baby-snatcher arrested outside hospital

Valerie Poulin-Collins. (Facebook)

Valerie Poulin-Collins. (Facebook)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. ó A judge on Thursday ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a woman accused of dressing up as a nurse and kidnapping a day-old baby from a hospital Monday night.

Valerie Poulin-Collins, 21, hid her face in her hands during the hearing in Trois-Rivieres, located between Montreal and Quebec City.

She was arraigned on two counts of child abduction.

Her lawyer requested, and was granted, a psychiatric evaluation, telling the court his client wasn't fit to answer questions.

Poulin-Collins is scheduled to return to court next Thursday. Until then, she will be evaluated in hospital.

Police arrested her Thursday after she was discharged from hospital following a suspected drug overdose.

Baby Victoria's parents say a woman dressed in scrubs walked into their room around 7 p.m. Monday and tricked them into handing over their daughter by claiming the infant needed to be weighed.

Police issued an Amber Alert and shared the suspect's photo with news outlets and on social media.

Four young people saw the alert on Facebook, recognized the suspect as a former neighbour and went to her home before calling police.

The baby was returned to her parents unharmed three hours after the ordeal began.


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