A Canada-wide arrest warrant related to child abduction has been issued for the grandparents of a seven-year-old Teaghan as her family and friends try desperately to find her.
Teaghan’s father, Justin Coutts reported last seeing his daughter on July 2nd before she went on holiday with her maternal grandparents Louanne Bass-Hassan and Mostafa Hassan.
The three of them left for Ontario and, eight days later, Coutts said he was informed the vacation would be extended, this was when he said he called the police.
Coutts said he later received information they had travelled to Turkey and then possibly to Egypt where Mostafa Hassan, possesses citizenship — on what he said was fake ID.
Coutts has been a single father since Teaghan’s mother, Chellsea Bass, passed away, when Teaghan was just seven months old.
Coutts and the grandparents had an agreement that why would trying co-parenting due to Chellsea’s passing. However, as time went on, Coutts said that the relationship was strained and ultimately ended up in court.
Calgary police have confirmed they are “actively investigating” a child abduction case involving a young girl. Coutts said he has been working with Calgary police, the RCMP and other law enforcement agencies to try and communicate with officials in both Turkey or Egypt. However, he has not had any luck so far.
Coutts has said he is not anywhere near ready to give up. He has launched a social media campaign entitled #BringTeaghanHome. It has more than 1,000 members who have shared it locally, nationally and internationally. A Bring Teaghan Home Facebook page has also been created, that at the time of publication, has 1.5k members.
A GoFundMe page has also been created to help cover any of the costs.
The federal government has issued a statement on the matter.
“Global Affairs Canada is aware of reports that a Canadian child has been abducted and held abroad,” the statement reads.
“Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and are providing consular assistance.”
The statement noted that due to the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed.
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