Alberta RCMP said the father at the centre of a news release about a child abduction turned himself and his son in to the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment Monday at 10:30 p.m.
The boy was turned over to RCMP unharmed and will be “reunited with his mother,” RCMP said.
Malin Anthony Nyhus, 35, was being held in custody for a judicial interim release hearing.
Earlier that day, RCMP said they were searching for the three-year-old and asked the public for help.
The boy was supposed to be returned to his mother on the afternoon of Dec. 24 as part of a judicial order, but wasn’t dropped off.
Wetaskiwin RCMP said the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench had issued that order on Dec. 23.
Alberta RCMP engaged the assistance of the Wetaskiwin RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) and Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), as well as the assistance of municipal police agencies throughout Alberta to exhaust efforts to locate the father and son.
Wetaskiwin RCMP do not believe the child was in danger of serious harm or death and as such, did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert to be issued at this time.