Sunday 22 September, 2019

Bail amount reduced for accused St James baby snatcher

The woman who is accused of stealing a three-week-old baby from the child's mother in the parking lot of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St James, had her bail amount reduced when she appeared in the St James Parish Court on Monday.

The accused, 26-year-old Melissa Harriott of Norwood in the parish, had been unable to take up bail in the sum of $350,000, which was offered when she re-appear in court on January 22.

Her legal representative requested that presiding Judge, Sandrea Wong-Small, reduce the bail amount by a half.

The judge eventually reduced the sum to $200,000.

The next court appearance is March 27.

Reports are that the biological mother of the child was at the CRH on Friday, January 4, when she was allegedly befriended by the accused.

About 1:50 p.m., they both left the pharmacy at the hospital and went into the parking lot, where the child's mother reportedly left the baby in the care of the accused to go and use the restroom.

On her return, the mother found that both the baby and the accused were missing.

An investigation was launched after the police were notified.

Two days later, the baby was found at a premises in Greens district, Norwood, St James, allegedly in the possession of the accused woman.

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