Port Coquitlam mother facing charges after Amber Alert

The mother of two Port Coquitlam children who were the subject of an Amber Alert issued Friday afternoon is now facing two abduction charges.

The province-wide alert was activated after the children were allegedly taken by their mother from a PoCo elementary school shortly before 2 p.m. on Nov. 4, with police noting there was "reasonable concern for the safety of the children."

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They were located at a gas station in Sicamous, mid-way between Kamloops and Revelstoke, at 9 p.m. that evening and the mother was taken into custody; it's believed the children are back with their father.

Coquitlam RCMP Const. Jamie Phillipson said police are still investigating how the woman was able to get her children out of school early given there is a court order in place that does not allow her to have custody of them without supervision.

"There are a number of scenarios of how she'd be able to get her kids…that part of the investigation is still ongoing."

The mother, who can't be named due to a publication ban to protect her children's identities, was scheduled to appear yesterday in B.C. Provincial Court in Port Coquitlam.


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