Calgary police now say the man accused of abducting six children and driving to Ontario was not the children’s legal guardian and did not have permission from his common law wife to take them out of the province.
The mother of the children told police on Monday she was worried her partner was in the process of moving the entire family to Ontario.
The kids, ranging in age from 18 months to 11 years, were found by police in a vehicle east of Toronto Wednesday , along with a 49 year old man.
Calgary police had issued a warrant for the man’s arrest when the kids went missing, but believed the children were not in danger, and therefore did not issue an AMBER alert. They add that the man had been in contact with authorities in Alberta while driving through Ontario, further reducing concerns over the welfare of the children.
Police also say they have to weigh the benefits of asking for the public’s help locating a suspect with the risk that doing so could escalate a situation, increasing the danger to the children or possibility of a suspect going into hiding.
The children will be flown back to Alberta as soon as possible.
The man is facing six counts of child abduction and will be brought back to Alberta in the next week.