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Details emerge in alleged kidnapping of 1-year-old from car

Union Leader Correspondent

July 24. 2017 10:22PM
Joanne Shaw, 25, of Gonic, appeared at Strafford County Superior Court Monday, after allegedly trying to kidnap a child over the weekend. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

DOVER — A Gonic woman who tried to kidnap a man’s child after he offered to give the woman a ride over the weekend is being held on $25,000 cash bail at Strafford County House of Corrections.

Todd Labonte, 52, of Rochester, stopped his vehicle on Saturday when he saw Joanne Shaw, 25, of Gonic, walking in the roadway on Washington Street about 8:40 a.m.

Although Labonte said he did not know the woman, he reportedly stopped to check on the woman and asked if she needed a ride.

Labonte had his 1-year-old daughter with him, and according to prosecutor Joachim Barth, soon after getting into Labonte’s vehicle, Shaw said, “I’m taking your child.”

On Monday, Barth told Judge Mark Howard that based upon all of the evidence the County Attorney’s office has received, a high cash bail is appropriate. Barth said investigators have provided a set of “unsettling bizarre and objectively dangerous facts.”

Barth explained that after Shaw reached into the backseat to grab Labonte’s daughter, and he tried to push Shaw out of the vehicle, Shaw reached over and grabbed the key fob to the vehicle and snapped the key in half, breaking it in the ignition.

According to an affidavit for Shaw’s arrest, Labonte told police he was trying to pull over to the side of the road at a slow speed and Shaw was able to get his daughter out of the vehicle. As she was walking away, Labonte chased her.

Labonte told police he went to grab his daughter and the girl fell to the ground. Shaw allegedly punched Labonte in the face several times and told Labonte that his daughter was not safe with him.

Barth told Howard that Shaw has mental health issues, and as a result her own 6-month-old child was recently taken out of her custody.

Howard agreed that Shaw is a danger to the community, and herself. He said the $25,000 cash bail can convert to personal recognizance if the county’s Community Corrections program can find a suitable treatment plan for her.

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