Manitoba

Woman who abducted, beat baby pleads guilty

A young woman who abducted an infant girl from a Winnipeg home, bashed her head on the sidewalk and abandoned her near a playground has pleaded guilty.

A young woman who abducted an infant girl from a Winnipeg home, bashed her head on the sidewalk and abandoned her near a playground has pleaded guilty.

Nikita Eaglestick, 22, was charged with attempted murder and attempted aggravated assault in connection to the Sept. 1, 2009 attack on 14-month-old Vanessa Houle.

She pleaded guilty Monday morning to assault causing bodily harm, abduction and breach of a court-ordered bail condition to not consume alcohol or other intoxicants.

The Crown stayed the more serious charges.

A sentencing date has not been set. Eaglestick will be back in court in April and she remains in custody. Her guilty pleas come after a she was committed to stand trial on the attempted murder charge.

The infant victim was seriously injured in the attack, for which no motive has ever been publicly revealed.

Police said at the time of her arrest that Eaglestick was drinking at a party at the residence of Vanessa's parents prior to the assault, which happened in early morning darkness near a Manitoba Housing complex and playground on Chudley Street.

The attack on the baby was halted after a man in the area heard screams and went to go see what was happening.

Tyler Bilsborrow told CBC News he wrapped the child in his sweater and held her until emergency crews arrived.

He said emergency crews have told him Vanessa would surely have died if he hadn't intervened.

The infant was put on breathing tubes in the hospital, but her condition quickly stabilized. She eventually made a full recovery.

The Crown has not said what sentence it is seeking in the case, but Court of Queen's Bench Justice Deborah McCawley has ordered the preparation of pre-sentencing reports, including a report assessing Eaglestick's background.