Brandon Mother Charged with Abducting Children After Parental Visit

Brandon Mother Charged with Abducting Children After Parental Visit

Melaina Chartier, 8, and Colton Nordstrom, 6, were found with their mother, Jessica Chartier, in St. Albert, Alberta on Tuesday. (RCMP HANDOUT)
Jessica Chartier
Jessica Chartier (RCMP HANDOUT)

A 29-year-old Brandon woman has been arrested on a Canada-wide warrant after RCMP say she didn’t return her children to their father following a parental visit. The children were safely found on Tuesday.

Brandon police and Carberry RCMP were called to check on the well-being of Jessica Chartier and her two children on September 28.

The father reported dropping the children off at school on September 26 before spending the next two days with their mother. When he went to pick them up from school on the 28th, it was discovered neither child had been in school on September 27 or 28.

Melaina Chartier, 8, and Colton Nordstrom, 6, both from Brandon, had been missing since. They were safely found in St. Albert, Alberta on Tuesday, along with their mother.

Police say prior to the children being found, they were last seen on the evening of October 1 in Virden, Manitoba.

Jessica Chartier is facing charges in relation to the matter.

Father Steven Crooks says in a Facebook post that he and the children will be reunited soon.

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