Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Hollyoaks has unveiled the details of a shocking baby kidnapping storyline for Mercedes McQueen and Cher Winters.
The plot will play out throughout next week as Diane Hutchinson's pregnancy intersects with Cher's attempts to get revenge on her stepmum Mercedes.
Diane has been struggling with OCD all throughout her pregnancy, while Mercedes has been trying to have a baby with husband Sylver after suffering the loss of an unborn child several months ago.
Next week, Mercedes receives the devastating news at her first scan that she's not pregnant. Cher finds out, but pretends as if she's in the dark when she goes for her birthmark removal consultation.
A series of troubling events take place as Mercedes turns to alcohol, leading to Sylver snapping when he finds out Cher had known. Falling out with her dad leads Cher to take some disturbing payback.
Over at the Hutchinson house, Diane's water breaks just as Tony ducks out for a walk – so Diane refuses to open the door when he rushes home to take her to the hospital.
Tony is forced to break down the door as he begs Diane to go to the hospital. In the end, the couple are able to welcome a beautiful baby daughter called Eva.
However, Diane's compulsions are still dominating her thoughts as she asks Tony to ensure nobody else touches Eva and arrange for them to leave the hospital as quickly as possible.
Tony is deeply concerned for his wife, later confiding in Scott Drinkwell that he is arranging for her to get the help she needs while in the hospital.
When Diane is panicked as Tony lets Scott watch the baby, he is forced to confront his wife over concerns that she is suffering in silence with her mental health.
This is where the storylines start to intersect as a drunken Mercedes confronts Tony in the street to accuse him of flaunting the arrival of baby Eva in her face.
Mercedes next turns on Cher when her stepdaughter tries to finally make peace, insisting she only pretends to care about the teen to appease Sylver.
This row drives Cher to the edge, as she sinks to a new low by stealing baby Eva from her pram! Cher then tries to frame Mercedes by placing Eva next to where her stepmum has passed out.
Meanwhile, Tony and Scott are desperately trying to search for the baby, after Tony initially blames Scott for losing track of her.
DS Cohen is on the case and leading the search, when Goldie admits her suspicion to Sylver that Mercedes may have been behind the disappearance.
All of this leads to a dramatic climax when Peri arrives to bandage Cher's scar, only to find Mercedes with baby Eva instead.
Now, all eyes are on Mercy to explain how she ended up with Eva!
Hollyoaks will air these scenes on Thursday, June 24 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.
If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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