New York City model Michelle Marie Gopaul received a two-and-a-half-year sentence after pleading guilty to abducting a 1-month-old baby girl in Toronto, according to reports.
The 24-year-old, who was a model and aspiring pop singer, took the baby on January 30 after enticing her parents with a fake casting call for a movie shoot. Police say Gopaul placed several ads online offering $7,500 for a baby girl "of Indian background" to "star" in a new Bollywood film.
Prior to her arrest, Gopaul chatted on her MySpace page about the baby girl she was expecting and the shower.
It's a girl!! I can't wait until my little pincess [sic] Valentina arrives!!
It's sad, but not all that shocking (except for that fake casting call part). There is a certain kind of woman who reaches a certain age (though 24 is a bit young) who will become baby obsessed when other things don't work out for her.
She had registered on the Babies"R"Us website for the baby and had told people she was pregnant. For some people who crave and need attention and who aren't getting it in other ways, having a baby can be a means to an end. There is loving attention and excitement all centered around the growing belly (or online lies). There is the buildup and the constant stream of questions and involvement.
Add all of those things to a woman who hasn't had success in other areas or who wants to get her boyfriend to commit to her and you have a perfect storm. Now, I'm not sure what's going on with this particular woman, but I do know women who wanted babies for all the wrong reasons. They were 36 and had never had career success, so they figured why not have a baby, or they were single and wanted their non-committal boyfriend to commit.
Whatever the reasons, they wanted babies. This isn't to say that just these things alone would make you capable of stealing a baby. Clearly there is an extra layer of crazy in all this.
But the impulses and desires are kind of the same. There are many women out there who want babies for all the wrong reasons, and given a little bit of crazy, this isn't that out of the question.
I hope this woman gets the help she needs and I hope she waits a long, LONG time before procreating.
Do you know people who are dying for babies for the wrong reasons?
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