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After Quebec Amber Alert: what do Ottawa hospitals do to prevent abductions?

As a woman in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec stands accused of dressing up as a nurse and trying to abduct a newborn baby, questions are being asked about security measures at local maternity wards.

Baby Victoria was tracked down, is back with her mother Melissa McMahon, and her accused abductor is under arrest.

Neither the Ontario nor Quebec government requires special security in hospital maternity wards. It's up to each hospital to decide what measures to take.

The Ottawa Hospital puts electronic bracelets on newborns. If someone tries to take a newborn out of the unit an alarm sounds and security responds. If someone attempts to tamper with the bracelet an alarm sounds.

The Queensway Carleton hospital has a similar bracelet system. It also locks down its unit. Visitors must have a pass to gain entry.

The Cornwall hospital also has the bracelet system. Inquires to the Hawkesbury and Winchester hospitals were not returned.

Security in maternity wards was raised after a suspect, posing as a nurse, abducted a newborn from a hospital in Quebec . The hospital does not use the electronic bracelet system.

CTV Ottawa

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