Police told mom plotted kidnapping

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The RCMP were alerted last month that an alleged white supremacist supporter involved in a custody battle was possibly planning to abduct her two children from foster care and flee Manitoba, the Free Press has learned.

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The RCMP were alerted last month that an alleged white supremacist supporter involved in a custody battle was possibly planning to abduct her two children from foster care and flee Manitoba, the Free Press has learned.

Court documents show the tip was received by the Mounties on April 2 and passed on to Winnipeg police, Child and Family Services and the home where the kids have been placed pending the outcome of a family court hearing. There is no indication who gave the information to police.

The mother spoke to the Free Press this week from her new residence in another province and adamantly denied any such plot: "I don’t know where that’s coming from."

Although she wants her children back, she vowed to do it through legal means. The woman did not attend the start of this week’s custody hearing but is planning to raise money to return to Winnipeg and testify when the case continues in late June. She claims CFS has filled her children’s heads with lies and she denies many of the disturbing claims that have emerged in court.

CFS seized her seven-year-old daughter and three-year-old son last year after the girl showed up at her elementary school with white supremacist markings and drawings on her body. The girl made a series of vile remarks about blacks and other minorities in interviews with various social workers. CFS is seeking a permanent order of guardianship, alleging the children have been emotionally abused through exposure to their parents’ beliefs.

The girl’s stepfather, who is the biological father of the younger boy, has retained a lawyer and is fighting back on the basis of freedom of speech, expression and religion.

The mother left Winnipeg earlier this spring after her supervised visitation was suspended. Court documents show CFS officials had concerns regarding "visitation guidelines and inappropriate statements" allegedly made by the parents to the children. CFS cites one example where they believed the woman planned to photograph her children wearing T-shirts she’d given them for Christmas and have them published in a magazine popular among those in the white supremacist movement. The woman admits drawing a swastika on her daughter but claims the girl is responsible for all the other markings on her body, which covered much of her arms and legs and included references to Adolf Hitler.

She also denies teaching her children to hate people who aren’t white, claiming she was stunned to hear social workers tell court how the girl calmly and graphically described how to kill a black person by whipping them with a ball and chain, while using a series of racial slurs.

A social worker testified Thursday that the girl described her stepfather as a "skinhead" who frequently drank alcohol in the home while her mother worked multiple jobs. She said he often wouldn’t feed her breakfast, allowed her to miss school and would often keep her up until midnight.

Meanwhile, police confirmed Thursday they investigated the couple in 2005 after an Ontario lawyer filed a complaint about online postings calling for the genocide of aboriginal and Jewish communities in Canada. A police spokeswoman said the Crown attorney’s office declined to authorize criminal charges.

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Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre
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Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.

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