Woman who snatched girl avoids prison

A WOMAN, who began chatting to a father about his three-year-old daughter before running off with the child in her pushchair, avoided jail yesterday.

Zoey Dorris, 36, “struck up a rapport” with the man who was pushing his daughter along the pavement in Dunfermline. She complimented him on his daughter, and then made off down the street with the child.

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Dunfermline Sheriff Court heard the incident was “clearly distressing” for the father, and “very distressing” for the three-year-old girl. Dorris was stopped and the child was returned to her father shortly afterwards.

Dorris, of Lauder Street, Dunfermline, admitted abducting a girl at West Baldridge Road, Dunfermline, on 19 August last year.

Solicitor-advocate Gordon Martin, defending, said Dorris was “clearly unwell” mentally at the time but had now improved. Sheriff Craig McSherry ordered her to carry out 100 hours of community service.