Lev Tahor children cry and pray earlier this month after their teacher was arrested on immigration charges (Blackburn News)
Blackburn News reports:
A Quebec Provincial Court has issued apprehension orders for all 128 Lev Tahor children.
Youth protection officials in Quebec tell BlackburnNews.com the orders were issued in November of 2013, after the group fled the province.
“Those orders have been transferred to the Chatham-Kent Children’s Services,” says Director of Communications for the Laurentian Youth Center Isabelle Dugre. “For the moment, we do not know what will be the action of CKCS regarding those orders.”
The youth centre declined to comment further as members of the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect await a judge’s decision in an on-going custody case involving 14 children.
The children and their parents fled Chatham-Kent after an Ontario judge upheld a Quebec court order forcing them into foster care. Six are in Guatemala where they are reportedly seeking refugee status, six were apprehended in Trinidad and Tobago and another two were discovered at the Calgary International Airport. A 17-year-old girl has since been released from custody, but her infant child remains in foster care with a Jewish family near Toronto, as do the other children.
A decision in that case is expected on Monday.
Leaders of the ultra-orthodox Jewish sect continue to deny all allegations of child brides, forced marriages, neglect and abuse.
[Hat Tip: The Fez.]