Woman found not criminally responsible in abduction of Ottawa newborn

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| 17 March 2022

A Shawville, Que. woman has been found not criminally responsible for abducting an eight-day-old newborn from an Ottawa home on Mother’s Day last year.

Nicole Shanks pleaded guilty in November to several charges, including abduction, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon, criminal harassment and assault.

The baby was not injured during the incident.

On Thursday, an Ontario Superior Court Judge declared Shanks not criminally responsible following a joint submission from the Crown and the defence. The ruling followed an assessment by a forensic psychiatrist at the Royal Ottawa.

Defence lawyer Michael Spratt tells CTV News Ottawa Shanks will likely be transferred to The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

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