|Facebook User Helps Reunite Abducted Baby
By: Jessica Cherok
We’ve heard stories about people finding their adopted parents on Facebook, but this may be one of the first where the social media site helped an abducted baby reunite with its parents.
A woman dressed as a nurse abducted a baby from a Quebec hospital last week. Police released a photo of the woman from the hospital’s surveillance cameras, and the image began making the rounds on Facebook.
The parents described their feelings of helplessness after the kidnapping, saying, “the powerlessness we felt in this situation was difficult to accept. To no longer have her in my arms after barely 16 hours of life was unreal.”
The mother posted on her Facebook page that she tried to stop the woman after realizing she wasn’t a nurse, but was unable to catch her. She and her husband also posted the photo of their baby’s abductor.
Facebook user Charlene Plante recognized the woman in the photo as a former neighbor. Plante and friends drove to the woman’s house and called police. There, the baby was recovered unharmed and returned to its mother.
What’s most amazing is that the entire ordeal was over in three hours' time. Not that it didn’t feel like an eternity for the worried parents.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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