Shelburne man found guilty in baby abduction case

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By Greg Bennett

SHELBURNE - A Shelburne man, who after a domestic argument abducted his newborn baby and drove for hundreds of kilometres before being stopped by police, will be sentenced next month.

Collin James Lawrence, 45 was found guilty on Feb. 14 on a charge of child abduction dating back to a September 2011 incident.

He will be sentenced on the charge on March 17 in Yarmouth.

The former grocery store baker took his newborn child forcibly from its mother after an argument. He was arrested hours later and hundreds of miles away on Highway 104 near the New Brunswick border.

RCMP officers safely recovered the baby.

Lawrence was eventually released from jail on strict conditions but was a no-show for his October Supreme Court trial in Shelburne and dozens of people who came for jury selection had to be sent home.

A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest and two days later he was captured by police in Quebec City. A Nova Scotia RCMP officer was dispatched to Quebec to retrieve Lawrence and he appeared in a Yarmouth court the following day.

 As a result, he is facing additional charges of failing to appear for court and breach of a recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court on those charges on Feb. 27 in Barrington Provincial Court.

After the 2011 abduction, RCMP said the police force had put “considerable” resources and effort into the search for the man and newborn baby. Police stopped his car near Oxford, about 20 kilometres from the New Brunswick border.

Justice Greg Warner will conduct next month’s Nova Scotia Supreme Court sentencing hearing. He handed down the guilty verdict in the case after several days of testimony.

Organizations: RCMP, Supreme Court

Geographic location: Shelburne, New Brunswick, Quebec City Canada Yarmouth Oxford

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