Police in Toronto, Canada are still trying to figure out why the Manhattan woman allegedly kidnapped the baby girl.
In a story with more twists and turns than a Hollywood thriller, it is alleged that Gopaul set up a phony casting call for an infant. She even conned a workman into letting her into a video company’s office space — claiming she’d rented it but had lost her key and needed to get in, reports Toronto’s CityNews TV –woman-charged-in-alleged-abduction-of-newborn which landed an exclusive interview with the abducted baby’s father, Viral Pital.
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According to numerous reports, Gopaul, 24, lured the Pitals and about a dozen other couples with babies to the fake casting call at A La Carte Videos, and when the mother was busy filing out an application, fled with her baby.
“The parents became extremely concerned and contacted police,” Constable Tony Vella told The Toronto Sun.
Luckily, the baby was found unharmed several hours later, just minutes before the police were set to issue an Amber Alert.
“We conducted an intense investigation, with 22 and 41 Divisions and with the help of public assistance, the child was returned back to the parents,” Vella said.
Gopaul’s credits include an American Express TV commercial and a small role in the Nicole Kidman-Sean Penn movie, The Interpreter.
One of Gopaul’s friends told The Toronto Globe & Mail that several months ago, Michelle told her friends she was pregnant!
Her family is said to be in shock and are on their way to Toronto.
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Gopaul appeared in Tononto’s Old City Hall court Saturday morning for a bail hearing. She was denied. Her next court hearing is Tuesday.