New York woman charged in disappearance of newborn baby

Police searched for a baby girl during the early hours of Friday before finding both the baby and the woman who allegedly abducted the child.

The 1-month-old child’s parents alerted police to the disappearance just before midnight.

The newborn was attending a casting call with her parents at a production company in a strip plaza with both stores and apartments in the area of Birmingham St. and Islington Ave. in Etobicoke, according to police.

Police followed leads and found both the suspect and baby before 3 a.m., just as preparations were being made to issue an Amber Alert, said Toronto Police Insp. Bryan Bott.

A member of the public brought the baby in to the 41 Division police station in Scarborough, he said. The child was unharmed.

Meanwhile, police arrested a 24-year-old woman in the area of Midland Ave. and Eglinton Ave. E. It initially appeared she did not know the family, Bott said.

Michelle Marie Gopaul, 24, of New York City, has been charged with abduction of a person under 14. She will appear in court at Old City Hall on Jan. 1, 2011.

The Toronto Star spoke with Brenda Farfoul, a woman who said she was calling on behalf of A La Carte Videos, on Friday. Several online listings note the production company as having a location at 175 Birmingham Rd., however Farfoul would not confirm whether the incident had occurred there.

Nathalie Malette, the owner of A La Carte Videos, was out of the province and unable to comment on Friday, Farfoul said.

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