Winnipeg mother charged with 2 counts of abduction after Friday police chase

Constable Jason Michalyshen briefs media after two missing children were found unharmed on Friday. Adrian Cheung/Global News

WINNIPEG — A 44-year-old mother has been charged with two counts of Abduction and Flight while Pursued by a Peace Officer, after police said she abducted her children during a custody battle.

Global News is not naming the mother and children due to their involvement with Child and Family Services (CFS).

Police said the mother was on the run with her two children since Monday. On June 24, a Canada-wide warrant was issued for two counts of abduction. On Friday, she was found hiding in the St. James neighbourhood. She reportedly hid her children in the bushes as police pursued her on foot. After a short chase, she was arrested.

The children, aged 9 and 11, were found safe by officers and are now in the care of CFS.

“The last five days have been incredibly challenging for the family, first and foremost. For members of our missing persons unit, who have been thrown a very challenging investigation,” said Constable Jason Michalyshen.

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Michalyshen added that officers are happy this ended with no injuries and “are certainly breathing a sigh of relief.”

Court documents show the mother was in a custody battle with the children’s father; expert testimony said it found her behaviour “erratic and dangerous.”

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