Woman charged in baby abduction 0
Transit Police have arrested a woman in a bizarre case of child abduction.
Transit Police spokeswoman Anne Drennan said the incident began on July 10, when a woman, her four-month-old baby, and a friend were leaving a mutual friend’s home after a dinner party in Surrey.
Drennan said the mother was pushing the stroller as her friend carried the infant to the building’s elevator.
When the elevator arrived, the woman got on with the infant and the doors closed before the mother of the baby could get on. When the mother reached the building’s lobby, the woman and child were gone.
Drennan said the mother ran to nearby King George SkyTrain Station and found transit officers, who conducted a search and in under an hour located the woman and the baby at the entrance of a college next to the station.
The woman was then arrested.
“We’ve asked for a psychiatric evaluation,” said Drennan. “She made it quite clear during interviews after she was arrested that she wanted the baby to come and live with her.”
Sarah Maryskag, who is 34 and known to police, has been charged with abduction of a child under 14 years.
Drennan stressed Wednesday that parents have nothing to fear when taking their child on public transit.
“This wasn’t a random incident where somebody grabbed a random baby,” she said. “They did know one another, so people don’t need to be concerned.”