Colchester County District RCMP has charged a man with Adbuction after an incident that lead to an Amber Alert in Quebec.
On June 7, 2023, at approximately 2 p.m., Colchester County District RCMP were contacted by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) about a man who had been observed with an infant in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, near Trois-Rivières. The SQ had received a request for a wellbeing check after the man had stopped for fuel at a gas station in Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, but could not pay for the fuel. The man was with an infant and the gas station clerk was concerned for the infant’s safety. The clerk took a photo of the infant, the vehicle the man was driving and the license plate. This lead the SQ to contacting Colchester County District RCMP as the vehicle was bearing a Nova Scotia license plate.
RCMP officers attended a home on Stewiacke Rd. in West St. Andrews, and confirmed that the infant was not home. RCMP officers began gathering further details and information as part of the investigation and learned that the child had been abducted by the man, who is related to her. With assistance from the SQ, an Amber Alert was issued in Québec for the infant. Approximately 45 minutes later, the man, the infant and the vehicle were safely located in Saint-Hyacinthe. The man was arrested and the infant was taken into care until arrangements could be made to reunite her with family in Nova Scotia.
Jessie Wayne MacPhee, 31, of Lanesville, has been charged with Abduction. MacPhee was remanded into custody in Québec on June 7 and on June 9, he was returned to Nova Scotia. MacPhee will be appearing in Truro Provincial Court today.
The RCMP would like to thank the SQ for their assistance with this investigation and for quickly locating MacPhee and the infant. The RCMP would also like to thank the gas station clerk and members of the public in Québec who called in tips that lead the SQ to locating MacPhee and the infant. The infant has since been reunited with family in Nova Scotia.