Two words you certainly never want to see: ‘Amber Alert.’
The thought of a child’s life being in danger is heart-wrenching, to say the least. Thankfully, some quick-thinking detectives wearing sweatshirts and sneakers possibly saved a baby’s life after seeing an Amber Alert in their neighborhood.
It all started when Mélissa McMahon and Simon Boisclair welcomed their baby, Victoria, to the world in a hospital in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Just a few hours later, a woman disguised as a nurse came in asking for the baby, claiming she had to take Victoria momentarily for routine tests.
Melissa handed baby Victoria over without hesitation or fear.
Daniel Cossette, the baby’s uncle, saw the ‘nurse’ walk away with Victoria down the hallway. “She had the attitude, the uniform, all of it,” he said, “and we never presumed she was a kidnapper.”
The hospital called police 13 minutes later, and an Amber Alert was issued immediately. Dad also posted photos on social media asking for help.
Some of the first to see the alerts? A group of friends in their 20s: Mélizanne Bergeron, her twin sister Sharelle, Marc-Andre Coté and Charlène Plante. The four immediately sprang into action once they read the description of the kidnapper’s car — a red Toyota Yaris with a sign that read “Baby on Board.”
“We just wanted to do something for the night, so we went out to find the car,” said Charlène.
Just minutes into their search for the car, police blasted out a snapshot of the security camera footage, showing the fake nurse’s face.
Believe or not, Charlène recognized the face as her old neighbor! The four friends found the kidnapper’s apartment and called police.
“The patio door was open. The lights were on,” said Mélizanne. “It was clear that she was there.”
Within minutes, police kicked down the apartment door and found baby Victoria safe and sound. The fake nurse was taken into custody.
“It was one of the best moments of my life,” said Mélizanne. “We were crying.”
Within three hours of her disappearance, Baby Victoria was returned to her parents at the hospital — not just because of police, but because of four young friends who acted quickly.
“It was a beautiful moment.… The police officer cried, the nurses cried, the investigators cried, and all the doctors too — everyone was so happy with the outcome, and with little Victoria safe and sound,” McMahon said through tears.
“Little Victoria wears her name well for this victory,” she said. “To give life to our child is an incredible moment,” she wrote, “but finding our child safe and sound is an indescribable feeling.”
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