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Quebec woman accused in newborn kidnapping deemed fit to stand trial

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TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. - A woman accused of kidnapping a newborn baby from a Trois-Rivieres maternity ward has been declared fit to stand trial.

Valerie Poulin Collins will now head to a detention centre until her next court date on June 18.

A judge heard today that a doctor has declared the 21-year-old fit after observing her over several days at a Shawinigan hospital.

Police arrested Poulin Collins outside her home on May 26, about three hours after a woman posing as a nurse snatched a 16-hour-old infant from a local hospital.

The baby girl was returned to her parents unharmed.

Officers were able to find Poulin Collins with the help of locals who recognized the woman from a surveillance video still sent out with an Amber Alert.

Poulin Collins faces two charges: one of kidnapping and one of abducting a person under 14 years old.

The abduction charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison while kidnapping draws a sentence ranging from five years to life.

Her lawyer, Karine Bussiere, suggested to the court today that her client have access to mental-health specialists while detained.

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