Nova Scotia

Shelburne man facing child abduction charge

A Shelburne, N.S., area man is facing charges of forcibly abducting his own baby.

A Shelburne, N.S., area man is facing charges of forcibly abducting his own baby.

Colin Lawrence is in custody following a bizarre incident that involved RCMP from several Nova Scotia detachments.

According to police, around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon there was a domestic dispute at a home, just outside Shelburne.

Police were told a man had taken his 11-day-old baby from the mother without her consent. She'd been staying with the baby's grandparents.

Police said the couple is married and the man's behaviour was out of character.

Concern about the baby was heightened because the girl was born prematurely and spent the first week of her life in hospital. She had only been home for a couple of days.

News of the alleged abduction quickly spread on social media sites in the Shelburne area and police sent out alerts looking for the car the father was driving.

They located him seven hours later, around 11 p.m. on Highway 104 near Oxford, about 350 kilometres from Shelburne and about 20 kilometres from the New Brunswick border.

According to a posting on the mother's Facebook page, the baby was checked out at the Amherst hospital and is doing fine. She has been returned to her mother and grandparents.

Lawrence was charged with child abduction and mischief in Bridgewater Provincial Court Thursday afternoon and remanded in custody.

The charge is an extremely serious one that can only be laid with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Lawrence was scheduled to make a court appearance Friday at 9:30 a.m.