Accused in baby kidnapping to undergo psychiatric evaluation
Valérie Poulin Collins charged in Trois-Rivières baby abduction appeared in court Thursday
Valérie Poulin Collins, the 21-year-old woman accused of taking a newborn baby from a hospital in Trois-Rivières, Que., this week, has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine whether she's mentally fit to appear in court.
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Poulin Collins's lawyer told the court her client is unfit to hear the charges against her and requested the psychiatric evaluation.
The lawyer said her client has not had access to her medication since Monday night.
She did not specify what type of medication Poulin Collins requires or why she hasn't had access to it, but said, without that medication, her client is unable to speak.
Poulin Collins will be taken to a psychiatric hospital in Shawinigan pending the evaluation.
The 21-year-old woman is accused of dressing up as a nurse and taking newborn baby Victoria from the new mother's hospital room on Monday evening.
The baby was found just a few hours after police issued an Amber Alert.
Poulin Collins was arrested and questioned Wednesday night after being released from hospital. She had been in an unconscious state and intubated for an unknown reason.
Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday of kidnapping and abduction against Poulin Collins. The charges carry maximum sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.