Couple face child abduction counts

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 October, 2009, 12:00am

Police in Toronto say an immigrant couple from Hong Kong were each charged with two counts of child abduction for attempting to fly from Canada to Hong Kong with their children, who had been in the care of foster parents under a court ruling because of neglect.

The six-year-old boy and his five-year-old sister were reported missing on Saturday when they were not returned to their carers in Toronto following an unsupervised two-hour visit with their biological parents in suburban Scarborough.

Police found the children early on Sunday with their parents at Vancouver International Airport, where they were set to board a flight to Hong Kong that afternoon, detective Jim Giczi said. The parents were arrested.

Giczi said they were supposed to take the children back to the Catholic Children's Aid Society centre in Scarborough at 4pm on Saturday, after an outing from 2pm. Staff of the centre called the police when they did not show up.

He said the children had been living in a foster home, the whereabouts of which the parents did not know.

The parents were allowed to take them out unsupervised for two hours every Saturday, plus supervised visits on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, under a court ruling two years ago that handed care of the children to the society.

The parents were allowed to meet their two children only at the care centre. But the visits were set to end if an application from the society for full custody was approved later this week.

The police said the children were in good condition and were expected to be taken back to their foster parents on Monday.

Giczi said the couple had been seen arriving at the centre in a van driven by a third man, who was not likely to be charged.