Amber Alert system works well: Missing Children's Network

MISSING CHILDREN'S NETWORK

The Missing Children's Network says the Amber Alert system worked perfectly in helping to track down a woman who kidnapped a baby from a hospital in Trois-Rivières.

The woman who allegedly took baby Victoria was recognized on social media only hours after the abduction.

The 21-year-old suspect was seem dressed in hospital scrubs, and was identified by a former schoolmate and three of her friends.

Pina Arcamone with the Missing Children's Network says the first few hours following a child's abduction are crucial, and says the Amber Alert, coupled with the spreading of the abduction story via social media, were key in making sure the baby was returned safely, and in short order.

Two key things, effective communication [and] rapid intervention," she says. "People felt compelled, there was an outpouring of love. We saw it. We created a momentum. We felt the urgency of the situation, and within hours, this little baby was found thanks to the vigilance of these four individuals who knew the suspect, and called in the information."

Meanwhile, in Quebec City, health minister Gaetan Barrette is ordering hospitals to review their safety measures in the wake of the kidnapping — though he suggests it's impossible to make things absolutely, positively 100 per cent safe, particularly in maternity wards.

"We cannot transform, in my opinion, those wards into psychiatric wards where you have magnetic doors where no one can get in or get out," Barrette says.

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