Que. dad ap­pears in Ont. court fol­low­ing Am­ber Alert

Times Colonist - - Canada/World -

The fa­ther of a six-year-old boy who was the sub­ject of an Am­ber Alert this week ap­peared in an On­tario court Satur­day and will be trans­ferred back to Que­bec.

The six-year-old boy van­ished from St-Eus­tache, Que., on Thurs­day and his fa­ther was ap­pre­hended in On­tario nearly 24 hours later. By then, the body of the boy’s mother had also been dis­cov­ered in the fam­ily home.

The fa­ther is ex­pected to be trans­ferred back to Que­bec later Satur­day, and On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice say an investigation in their prov­ince is on­go­ing.

On­tario po­lice said they couldn’t com­ment on what charges the man might face in his home prov­ince, and po­lice in Que­bec did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment on that matter.

Que­bec pro­vin­cial po­lice are comb­ing an area around Lachute for a miss­ing 71-year-old man who pre­vi­ously used the car in which the miss­ing child was found safe.

Sgt. Claude De­nis says a ground and air search is cur­rently un­der­way for Yvon La­casse, adding that find­ing him is con­sid­ered a top pri­or­ity for the investigation.

Po­lice have spec­u­lated that the child’s fa­ther might have dropped La­casse off some­where in his flight to east­ern On­tario.

The boy’s fa­ther made it from St-Eus­tache to the town of Grif­fith, Ont., about 150 kilo­me­tres west of Ot­tawa, be­fore he was ar­rested.

Po­lice said they used ground and air sup­port and de­ployed a spike belt to stop the fa­ther’s ve­hi­cle and that he was ar­rested af­ter a short foot chase.

Po­lice said the child was found in the ve­hi­cle in good phys­i­cal health and had been placed in care.

The boy’s mother, who was mar­ried to his fa­ther, was found dead Thurs­day night in a home in St-Eus­tache, north of Mon­treal.

Po­lice said she had four chil­dren, in­clud­ing three be­fore her re­la­tion­ship with the six-yearold’s fa­ther.

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