Hanover Police are investigating an attempted child abduction after an incident that occurred at the Hanover Medical Clinic on Tuesday afternoon.
At approximately 2:15 pm on November 19th, Hanover Police report that a six-month-old infant in a car-seat carrier was temporarily taken from her mother's care by a stranger in the waiting area of the Medical Clinic.
The mother and others quickly intervened and stopped the abduction. The child was unharmed.
Police arrived within minutes and took the suspect into custody after a brief struggle.
Deputy Police Chief George Hebblethwaite says "The outcome here could have been much worse, but for the swift actions of everyone involved. Thankfully the infant was not injured."
He says this serious matter remains under investigation and while a number of persons have been interviewed thus far, Police would like to speak with anyone else that may have witnessed this crime and ask that they contact Hanover Police. (519-364-2411)
30-year-old Rebecca Olson of no fixed address is charged with Attempted Abduction of a Child Under 14 years.
She has been remanded into custody following a bail hearing on November 20th in Walkerton.
Hebblethwaite calls it a very unusual case, noting that this is the first attempted abduction that officers who have worked 15 years to 20 years or more in Hanover can remember.