Woman, 54, charged with 8-year-old Laval girl's kidnapping

A 54-year-old woman appeared in a Laval courtroom Wednesday to facecharges in connection with the kidnapping of an 8-year-old girl on Tuesday morning.

The woman was charged with kidnapping someone under 16, extortion, and wearing a disguise with the intention of committing a crime.

The kidnapping charge carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison. The maximum sentence is life in prison.

The incident began Tuesday morning, as the child was on her way to school in Laval's Auteuil district. Laval police say the woman, a relative of the girl's, approached the girl wearing a wig and carrying a dog, and asked her to go inside the car.

She refused, and forced her inside, and drove off.

The girl's parents were then called by the school when she didn't show up, and they called 9-1-1.

Authorities had been preparing to issue an Amber Alert when about an hour and a half after that phone call, police in south shore Beloeil visited the suspect's home. They found the girl there, tied up in the back seat.

A dispute over an inheritance is said to be at the root of what happened.