Woman Allegedly Tried To Kidnap Baby From Man Who Offered Her Ride

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Joanne Shaw, 25 of Rochester, appeared in Strafford County Superior Court on Monday to answer charges of kidnapping, simple assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest or detention.

On Saturday at 8:41 a.m., police responded to the area of Washington Street for a report of a disturbance.

Police in Rochester, N.H., arrested Joanne Shaw on Saturday.

Shaw got into his auto and soon after allegedly "told the male she was going to take his daughter and made attempts to unbuckle the 1-year-old, prompting a struggle to ensue", police said.

The man pulled over and offered Shaw a ride, believing she was in need, and she accepted, jumping into the front passenger seat.

"Soon after he pulled over, she reached into the vehicle making a statement, 'I'm taking your child, '" Assistant Strafford County Attorney Joachim Barth said. The father caught up to Shaw, who then punched him twice in the face, police said.

Her mother told investigators that she "recently obtained temporary guardianship over [Shaw's] 6-month-old son due to concerns for her declining mental health", a legal filing said. Labonte said he does not know Shaw, according to the report.

Three witnesses at the scene gave similar accounts of the story to police.

Shaw's bail was set at $25,000 cash until Strafford County Community Corrections can come up with a suitable plan for treatment. It said Shaw also reports a history of mental illness and was not now using services.

In court on Monday, Prosecutor Joachim Barth said Shaw has mental health issues and is a danger to society. The sheet also indicates that Shaw has no documented history of substance abuse.

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