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Cochrane RCMP look for tips after 2 children related to ‘volatile court battle’ taken from home

A RCMP vehicle in Wetaskiwin, Alta. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Global News

EDITOR’S NOTE: The two girls were reported found on April 15. Their names have been removed from this article for privacy reasons. 

Mounties in Cochrane need help finding two kids they believe were abducted by their aunt and grandmother, according to a news release issued Sunday.

Police responded to a report of two missing girls and two missing women on March 13.

RCMP believe the children are with their grandmother and their aunt.

Police say all four were last seen at the children’s home in Cochrane on Friday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Officers don’t believe the children are in danger, adding that this situation is the result of a “volatile court battle.” RCMP have not been able to reach the adults involved.

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Const. Shelley Nasheim said this incident did not meet the threshold for an Amber Alert.

“At this point in time, it is believed that the children are not at risk, that they’re with people who care for them, and [officers are] at this point, trying to locate them and confirm everyone’s welfare and safety, and make sure that this isn’t something more than families that are concerned about the custody of the children,” she said.

“It’s just for concern for the children. I’m sure that they’re happy and they have no idea what this is all about, but I think everyone’s main focus is the children. They’re so young and we just hope for the best results overall for everyone.”

The alleged abduction stems from custody issues, according to Nasheim.

“From what I was advised, the father was granted full custody,” she said.

The girls’ father told Global News he hasn’t slept in two days because his daughters are missing.

“They’re nowhere to be found. Where have they gone?” he said.

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“Please bring my children home. Please don’t hurt them. Please don’t do anything stupid.”

 

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