Parents of lesbian mum ‘who fled Canada with partner’s kid’ speak out after her arrest

“Perhaps the public can judge for themselves what Tasha’s motivation is based on her public jubilation about this tragedy which means that two children are now in foster care.

“Our daughter has never even had as much as a parking ticket before. She was a brilliant teacher who had a very promising career ahead of her before all of this. Now she’s in prison.”

Brian, an electrical engineer, added: “As a parent and as a grandparent my primary responsibility is to take care of and to protect my family to the best of my ability.”

Lauren supposedly said she wanted Kaydance “to grow up with her biological family”.

She allegedly ignored a court order not to leave Canada with her daughter Kaydance, who she had with Tasha. 

“Our daughter’s motivation in this was only based on love”

Angela Etchells

In 2015, she got pregnant with her sperm donor Marco van der Merwe.

The next year, the pair left the country and Lauren allegedly travelled to England, France, The Netherlands, the Middle East and possibly Spain and Portugal while on the run. 

A red notice was eventually issued by Interpol and Lauren was tracked down by Jersey Police on Tuesday when she tried to land a dingy on the east coast of the Channel Island. 

According to Saanich Police in Western Canada, the group told officers they were holidaying in France and had decided to “pop over Jersey for a visit”.

Upon further investigation, Jersey police arrested the trio on suspicion of immigration offences after discovering no one in the dinghy had passports.

Learning of the arrest, mum Tasha said yesterday: “I am extremely grateful to learn she is in good health and good care.

“I am celebrating. Kaydance is alive, and we know where she is. But I can’t celebrate 100% yet. Not until Kaydance is back in Canada.

“I am spending today with my lawyer, and the various other agencies involved in bringing Kaydance home safely and soon. But there is a lot I still need to do.”

The delighted mum-of-one thanked law enforcement agencies in Canada and Europe who helped with the search for her daughter and said she was grateful for the support she had received.

She said: “I am also grateful for the love I received from the friends and family who kept me going during the lowest of lows. I guess a person can survive on hope. Thank you all for this reminder.”

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