Escorted by authorities, nine Lev Tahor members landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport Saturday at 10:30 p.m.. The six children in that group were immediately placed in the care of the Children's Aid Society.
File photo: Unidentified Lev Tahor girls
The Canadian Press reports:
TORONTO -- Police say nine members of a fringe Jewish sect who left the country amid child custody proceedings only to be stopped in Trinidad and Tobago have now been returned to Canada.
Peel Police Sgt. Dave Housdon says the Lev Tahor members landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and the six children were placed in the care of the Children's Aid Society.
Housdon said the three adults were being processed by the Canada Border Services Agency.
At least two Lev Tahor families left Canada for Guatemala last week, but some of them were stopped in Trinidad.
Early last week, an Ontario judge issued an emergency order that 14 Lev Tahor children be placed in the care of children's aid but police said Thursday that most of the children had left the country.
About 200 members of the sect -- 114 of them children -- settled in Chatham, Ont., last year after suddenly uprooting from Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Que.
Child-welfare authorities in Quebec spent a year investigating issues related to hygiene, health, and allegations that the children weren't learning according to the provincial curriculum.
Late last year, a Quebec court ordered that 14 Lev Tahor children be placed in foster care.
The group has denied all allegations of mistreatment.
At least two other Lev Tahor children are still missing and are thought to have been illegally transported to New York State with an unknown number of Lev Tahor adults.
The nine Lev Tahor members returned to Canada last night illegally fled the country last in defiance of a Canadian court order after it became clear that child welfare authorities would remove at least 13 children from abusive Lev Tahor homes.