Mum could be jailed for going on the run in child custody battle

June 22, 2015

Source: eveningtelegraph

A mother who went on the run with her three-year-old son during a bitter custody battle could be jailed.

Rebecca Minnock Ethan Williams

Rebecca Minnock, 35, is facing committal proceedings launched by her ex-partner Roger Williams, 39, after she defied two court orders concerning their son Ethan Williams.

Two court hearings will take place in Bristol this week, which could see the mother-of-one jailed for contempt of court.

Judge Stephen Wildblood QC said would there would be a directions hearing on Wednesday, ahead of the full hearing on Friday. Both would be held in public at Bristol Magistrates’ Court.

Earlier this month her mother, Louise, 52, and her mother’s partner Andrew Butt, 56, were jailed for withholding information about the little boy’s disappearance. Both have since been released.

Miss Minnock, from Highbridge, Somerset, handed herself in to the police in Oxford on June 12 after 17 days on the run. She disappeared on May 27, the day she was meant to hand Ethan over to his father.

Ethan, who was born on January 25 2012, has lived with Miss Minnock since his parents separated in February 2013.

A custody battle began the following month. Miss Minnock made allegations about Mr Williams which a district judge later ruled were false.

On May 27, it was found Miss Minnock exposed Ethan to emotional harm and should only have supervised contact with him. It was ordered that the boy should live with Mr Williams full-time.

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