Accused St James baby snatcher offered bail
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
Melissa Harriot, the woman accused of stealing a three-week-old baby at the Cornwall Regional Hospital on January 4, was offered $350,000 bail with two sureties when she appeared in the St James Parish Court today.
The 26-year-old bartender is charged with child stealing.
During the bail application, Harriot’s attorney Martyn Thomas told presiding judge Kacia Grant that his client had no previous conviction and could report to the Discovery Bay Police Station in St Ann.
The court was also told that several statements and video footage were outstanding from the prosecution's case file.
As part of Harriot’s bail conditions, judge Grant ordered her to report to the Discovery Bay police three times per week and advised her to seek counselling as the defendant had reportedly suffered a miscarriage sometime ago.
The case will be mentioned on February 25.
It is reported that about 1:50 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019, the infant and her mother were visiting the hospital when she was befriended by Harriot.
The mother reportedly left the baby in Harriot’s care and went to use the bathroom.
Upon her return, both Harriot and the baby were missing.
A report was subsequently made to the Mount Salem Police and a probe led investigators to Greens District in Norwood in the parish where Harriot, her boyfriend and the child were found.
Harriot was arrested and later charged, while the child was safely returned to her parents.