POLICE are searching for two children allegedly abducted by their mothers and flown to Port Macquarie.
It is understood the cousins – a girl, 5, and a boy, 3 – were taken from their foster families in Sydney late last year.
The youngsters, who went missing in October, are being shepherded across the state, it is believed.
Port Macquarie Detective Sergeant Kim Fehon confirmed yesterday officers in the region had been involved in the search.
“Kempsey police assisted the investigating police with their inquiries in December last year,” Det Sgt Fehon said.
It is unclear if the children are still in the region.
The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) placed the missing children in foster care in mid-2009.
They were removed from the care of their mothers, two sisters, after police were called to their home in the inner-Sydney suburb Sydney of Waterloo following an alleged drug-related assault.
But the mothers snatched the children back
during an unauthorised visit in October, a
department spokeswoman said.
“[They] officially went missing on October 15 after an unauthorised access visit with their
mothers, arranged without the knowledge or approval of community services,” the spokeswoman said.
“Within 24 hours of notification that the children had not returned from the unauthorised visit,
community services had obtained a warrant and notified NSW police.”
Two women were arrested for the alleged abduction.
The girl’s mother, 21, was refused bail at Parramatta Bail Court on Friday last week.
The woman, whose name cannot be released for legal reasons, was arrested the previous day and charged with kidnapping.
She allegedly had taken amphetamines on the night of her arrest.
Her sister, 25, was charged with kidnapping
earlier in December.
Both women apparently refused to cooperate with police, but it is believed they were aware of the whereabouts of their children.
A DoCS spokeswoman said the department was now working closely with the NSW police to find the children.
She could not confirm if Port Macquarie and the Mid-North Coast were still areas of interest.