Michelle Marie Gopaul (PICTURES): New York model pleads guilty to kidnapping baby

Michelle Marie Gopaul (PICTURES): New York model pleads guilty to kidnapping baby
Michelle Marie Gopaul

(CBS/AP) - New York City model Michelle Marie Gopaul has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to abducting a one-month-old baby girl in Toronto, according to reports.

PICTURES: NYC model pleads guilty to kidnapping baby

RadarOnline reports that the 24-year-old, who is also an aspiring pop singer, pleaded guilty in a Toronto courtroom Friday to one count of child abduction.

Canadian police say the baby was taken on Jan. 30, after her parents took her to a fake casting call for a movie shoot.

According to the New York Post, police say Gopaul placed several ads online offering $7,500 for a baby girl "of Indian background" to "star" in a new Bollywood film.

Police say Gopaul claimed to work for a casting agency and told the parents she would keep an eye on their child. Gopaul then took the baby into another room, but soon after the parents discovered that both she and their baby were missing.

Gopaul's former boyfriend and his sisters brought the child to a police station after becoming suspicious, reports the Toronto Sun.

Prior to her arrest, Gopaul raved on her MySpace page that she was pregnant and was organizing a baby shower, according to the New York paper.

"It's a girl!! I can't wait until my little pincess [sic] Valentina arrives!!" a message said on her site.

She also reportedly registered for gifts on the Babies "R" Us website for a child due Oct. 30.


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