A 36-year-old female is facing charges as a result of an incident in Regina on Sunday that resulted in the Regina Police Service issuing an Amber Alert to find an abducted two-year-old child.
Police say that the incident began on Sunday, at around 4:40 a.m. when police were dispatched to the 1100 block of 13th Avenue. The call detailed that a female that was known to the resident, had come to the house wanting to leave with her two-year-old son.
The suspect was on a condition not to have contact with the resident of the house. In addition, this female did not have legal custody of the child. The breach and the removal of the child from his home indicated possible criminal wrongdoing, on top of concern for the welfare of the child.
Police began an investigation immediately, and then information surfaced that the woman and child had been at the hospital briefly but left, on foot, when staff became suspicious.
The RPS continued to check addresses associated with the suspect, as well as shelters and other possible locations. A description and photo of the suspect were circulated to all police members and then shared in a news release, along with a photo of the little boy.
From the early stages of this investigation, consideration was given to issuing an Amber Alert, but the case did not meet the criteria until further investigation, including a legal opinion, was carried out.
At 3:40 p.m., with the help of Saskatchewan RCMP, an Amber Alert was issued and, at 5:36 p.m., the suspect was arrested by police at a residence in the 300 block of Rose Street. The child was recovered, unharmed. This conclusion came about as a direct result of information from the public. The adult female was subsequently charged.
Thirty-six-year-old Kerry Lynn Keewatin, of Regina, is charged with:
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order
- Abduction of Person Under 16
Keewatin will make her first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 2:00 p.m. on Monday.