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Alleged baby snatcher not mentally challenged - report

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 2:04 PM

Peta-Gaye Ffrench, the woman charged with stealing a day-old baby from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, has been deemed fit to plea.

A recent psychiatric evaluation determined that Ffrench has no issue with psychosis.

This was revealed when she appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court today.

In court, presiding parish judge Shancia Burrell reprimanded the prosecution for not completing their case against the accused, noting that a statement from the Registrar General's Department is still outstanding.

"RGD is an arm of the State; these are not private citizens you have to go hunting for. The baby was taken from a public hospital, the matter is of high public interest, why is there so much delay?" Burrell asked.

She later ordered that the file be completed by next Thursday, March 21, and that the case be out of the parish court by no later than July 13.

Ffrench, who was represented today by attorney-at-law Steven Shaw, was further remanded until March 21.

Upon hearing her court date, the 28-year-old began crying.

The father of the stolen baby, Sinclair Hutton, who was in court, expressed disbelief after seeing the accused for the first time.

"A so she look like she could a have 10 pickney and tek weh my own?" he said.

His baby went missing hours after birth when his common-law wife left the infant on the ward to go to the bathroom.

On her return, both the baby and his belongings were missing.

Ffrench was later arrested while attempting to register the child.

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