Woman charged with kidnapping toddler to be moved to prison

Abigail Hanna stood during her arraignment on Nov. 23. Dina Rudick / The Boston Globe

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts baby sitter accused of kidnapping and assaulting a toddler she cared for will be moved from a mental health hospital to a state prison to await trial.

Topsfield resident Abigail Hanna has been held at a Worcester hospital for the past five months.

A Salem Superior Court judge Monday ordered the 21-year-old Hanna to be moved to a women’s prison in Framingham after doctors at the Worcester facility said they don’t think she needs to stay.

Hanna faces charges including assault and kidnapping. Authorities say she broke into the 2-year-old girl’s home and kidnapped her in November. The girl was found miles away in Rowley by a couple who said she was naked and had her head shaved.


A competency hearing is scheduled for May 18.

Hanna’s attorney has entered a not-guilty plea for her.


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