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Accused in 1993 abduction case granted bail

01/16/2012 01:26 EST | Updated 03/17/2012 05:12 EDT

The woman accused of abducting her daughter in Ontario 18 years ago and living with her in British Columbia under an assumed name has been granted bail.

Patricia O'Byrne made national headlines when she was arrested late last year in Victoria, almost two decades after allegedly fleeing with her baby girl.

Her lawyer, Ed Greenspan, said the Crown was able to review a large amount of material about O’Bryne’s character before a decision was made to grant her bail.

“We had many affidavits and many character references from people who know her and have supported her and think the world of her, and she’s never had a problem in her life before,” Greenspan said Monday.

“And I think when the Crown finally read all of this, he concluded that she was a good candidate for bail.”

O’Byrne faces one charge of abduction in contravention of a custody order.

Police allege that in 1993, O’Byrne fled from Toronto to B.C. with her 20-month-old daughter following a custody battle with the girl’s father.

The daughter's identity is protected under a publication ban.

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