Two Lev Tahor children stopped at Calgary airport: reports
WATCH: (Sunday Mar. 9, 2014) Six children, all young members of an ultra-conservative Jewish sect, are now in the care of children’s aid.
TORONTO – Media reports say two more children belonging to a fringe Jewish sect will be placed in the care of children’s aid after being stopped at Calgary International Airport.
Published reports say a 17-year-old girl and her infant daughter — both members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect Lev Tahor — were met by police Sunday afternoon and will be returned to Ontario at an unspecified time.
Calgary police would only tell The Canadian Press they had assisted in the apprehension of two people for Chatham-Kent Children’s Services.
The reports come less than 24 hours after nine members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect — including six children — returned to Canada.
Peel Police Sgt. Dave Housdon says the Lev Tahor members landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and the six children were placed in the care of the Children’s Aid Society.
At least two Lev Tahor families left Canada for Guatemala last week, but some of them were stopped in Trinidad. The group was detained by immigration authorities after their flight landed in Trinidad and Tobago Monday, March 3.
According to the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, Trinidad’s Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said “we are liaising with our counterparts (in Canada) to facilitate their quick return.”
The members of Lev Tahor were previously scheduled to appear in court in Chatham-Kent, Ontario to contest a Feb. 3 order that the sect’s children be taken into foster care.
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This ruling took place on Nov. 27 in a Quebec court after Quebec Youth Protection found the group guilty of neglect and abuse.
Lev Tahor has denied all allegations of mistreatment.
After the verdict, it was reported six children were sent to Trinidad and Tobago. Six others went to Guatemala. One infant child is believed to be with her parents in New York.
Canadian authorities, including child protection, flew to Trinidad on Friday to bring them back.
The group reportedly attempted to have a Trinidad court block a forced return to Canada. It was denied.
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With files from The Canadian Press
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