(Black Press Media files)

Alberta woman charged with child abduction pleads guilty to lesser charge

Womann can’t be identified under a court-ordered publication ban

A woman in southern Alberta who was charged with child abduction has been handed a two-year conditional sentence after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

The woman, who can’t be identified under a court-ordered publication ban, has been convicted of breaching a court order.

Lethbridge Provincial court Judge Jerry LeGrandeur sentenced her to one year of house arrest followed by a year of probation after accepting a joint submission from the Crown and defence.

Court heard the woman was charged after she took her son to Belize six years ago.

The case later involved their removal from Central America.

Defence lawyer Andre Ouellette said his client is pleased the case is finally over.

“It has been going on for years, so she feels a lot better — she is going to have another child,” he said Friday outside court.

“She feels relieved, mostly, because it has been going on so long.”

Crown prosecutor Tony Bell said it was a fair resolution.

“Justice has been done,” he said in a statement.

The case began on Jan. 6, 2014, when the woman’s ex-husband told police she had taken their son and left the country. The following month she was charged with child abduction and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Police tracked the woman and child to Mexico, Guatemala and parts of Belize.

The following July, Lethbridge police learned that Belize authorities found the pair in the town of San Ignacio and took them into custody. The mother was jailed and fined for failing to produce valid immigration documents and the four-year-old boy was placed in the care of Belize Social Services.

In August 2017, the mother was removed from the country and arrested after landing in Houston, then returned to Canada.

She was taken into custody by Lethbridge police and released from custody Aug. 23 following a bail hearing.

Ouellette didn’t say what prompted her to take her son.

“There were some serious disputes between them,” he said. “And on that basis my client made a decision that she felt that whatever the father would view as the appropriate way to bring up the child was not appropriate by her standards.”

Nick Kuhl, Lethbridge Herald, The Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Provincial Fair Deal Panel comes to Lacombe

Panel asks whether Alberta is getting a fair deal in confederation

PHOTO: Kinsmen Auction supports Team Jigger

Over $30,000 auction items and cash donations were made to the event

Local Artist Donna Spencer featured at Lacombe Performing Arts Centre

LPAC is pleased to have “Wanderings: A Collection of Thoughts” currently on display

Lacombe Highway 12/Highway 2A water mains repairs continue

Discovery of multiple leaks on aged water infrastructure prompts repair

Granden Auto, Town of Blackfalds at odds over storage yard

Business owner believes the Town wants his business out of the downtown

WATCH: Night Among the Stars Celebrity Dance-off supports Lacombe BBBS

Over $12,000 raised for Dancer’s Edge Parents Association and Lacombe BBBS

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Canadian nurses’ unions warn national standards for coronavirus protection too low

President says safety protocols nationwide are inadequate compared to those in Ontario and other countries

Murder of sex worker exposes Canada’s hypocrisy on prostitution: advocate

A 2014 law made purchasing sex or benefiting from the selling of sex illegal

Canada’s flag was flown for first time 55 years ago today

The flag is used to celebrate wins in sports, honour Canada Day, and flown at half-mast after tragedy

No shirts, no city services: Firefighter calendar too steamy for Ontario officials

The city has never funded the calendars, but has OK’d photoshoots at city-owned properties

CFL teams under the microscope after free agency begins

While some big names remain, here’s what lies ahead leading up to next month’s CFL combine in Toronto

Most Read