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Posted Tue, April 5, 2011 12:54pm EDT

NY Model Kidnaps Month-Old Baby! Shocking Story!

Back in December, model Michelle Marie Gopaul pretended to be a talent agent in order to kidnap an innocent baby — and now she’s going to jail.

After attempting to kidnap a baby in order to ease the pain of a heartbreaking split, New York model Michelle Marie Gopaul was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on Friday, April 1, after pleading guilty to child abduction charges.

In the hopes she could keep the relationship with her ex alive, Michelle decided to kidnap a child by posting a phony casting call on Craigslist, pretending to be a talent agent named Dianne Miller. She said she was willing to pay $15,000 for an Indian baby girl who would star in a big Bollywood film.

Four couples responded to her post, including Sejal and Viral Patel who attended the “casting call” with their month-old daughter, Roma on December 30.

Michelle said she had to see how the baby would react without her parents around and took Roma into a different room, only to disappear with their child.

Authorities found and arrested her four hours later in Scarborough, where she was hoping to introduce the baby to ex-boyfriend, who she claimed to be the father. Roma, who was not harmed, was returned to her family.

“More than anything, I wish I could go back and erase it all,” Michelle wrote in a letter to the court. What a shame.

–Leigh Blickley
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