It was an innocent gesture: A nurse reaching for 16-hour-old baby, claiming she needed to be weighed.
A person you would trust implicitly less than 24 hours after you had given birth.
But for Mélissa McMahon, that trust nearly had disastrous consequences.
An amazing story has developed in Canada, where a young mother innocently handed her newborn baby over to a kidnapper pretending to be a nurse.
But to the shock of new Mum Mélissa, that woman promptly fled the hospital dressed in her pretend hospital scrubs.
The distraught mother realised what had happened just moments later.
Police say the baby was abducted from the Ville-Marie hospital in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, on Monday night.
Within minutes, the entire hospital went into emergency mode.
Onlookers had noticed the car with its “Baby on Board” stickers leaving the car park, and security footage had recorded CCTV of the woman taking baby Victoria.
An amber alert was issued, and it went viral on social media.
And that’s is where this story took an unbelievable turn.
Four 20-year-olds who say they were “bored on a Monday night” noticed the amber alert while scrolling through their Facebook feed. Mélizanne and Sharelle Bergero,n along with Charlène Plante and Marc-André Côté, decided to go out hunting for the red car. They never thought they would find the baby.
“We’re pretty adventurous,” Plante told The Toronto Star.
“We’re always heading off somewhere, so we got the idea to go out looking for the car because there wasn’t really much else going on that night.”
But in an amazing coincidence, as they were driving the streets Mélizanne realised she recognised the image of the woman on the Facebook feed.