A 36 year-old female is facing charges as a result of an incident in Regina yesterday (Sunday) that resulted in the Regina Police Service issuing an Amber Alert to find an abducted two-year-old child.
This incident began on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at about 4:40 a.m., when police were dispatched to the 1100 block of 13th Avenue. The initial information in the call indicated a female, known to the resident, had come to the house, wanting to leave with her two year-old son. The suspect was on a condition not to have contact with the resident of the house. In addition, this female did not have legal custody of the child. The breach and the removal of the child from his home indicated possible criminal wrongdoing, on top of concern for the welfare of the child. Police began investigation immediately, which led to information that the woman and child had been at the hospital briefly but left, on foot, when staff became suspicious. Police continued to check addresses associated with the suspect, as well as shelters and other possible locations. A description and photo of the suspect were circulated to all police members and then shared in a news release, along with a photo of the little boy. From the early stages of this investigation, consideration was given to issuing an Amber Alert, but the case did not meet the criteria until further investigation, including a legal opinion, was carried out. At 3:40 p.m., with the help of Saskatchewan RCMP, an Amber Alert was issued and, at 5:36 p.m., the suspect was arrested by police at a residence in the 300 block of Rose Street. The child was recovered, unharmed. This conclusion came about as a direct result of information from the public. The adult female was subsequently charged.
Thirty-six year-old Kerry Lynn KEEWATIN, of Regina, is charged with:
– Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order, s. 145(5)(a) CC;
– Abduction of Person Under 16, s. 280(1) CC; and
– Kidnapping, s. 279(1)(a) CC.
KEEWATIN will make her first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8, 2022.
The Regina Police Service thanks the public and the media for their critical role in achieving a positive outcome in this investigation.