A 24-year-old New York City woman who is accused of abducting a one-month-old girl will remain in custody after making a brief court appearance on Saturday. She is expected to return to court later this week.
Police said the one-month-old baby girl was taken late Thursday night after her parents took her to a casting call in Toronto’s west end.
Police said that while the girl’s mother was filling out paperwork, a woman who said she worked for the production company took the baby into the next room. The woman then allegedly left with the child.
A Brampton couple told CTV Toronto that a Craigslist ad offered $15,000 for a newborn baby to star in a Hindi film.
Police were about to issue an Amber Alert when a member of the public returned the child to authorities about two hours later. The accused was arrested in Scarborough a short time later.
Michelle Marie Gopaul, 24, has been charged with abduction of a person under the age of 14. She appeared at Old City Hall today disheveled and in a shapeless grey sweater.
Gopaul, a model and aspiring musician, had been telling friends she was pregnant, according to reports.
She is expected to return to court on Tuesday