A nine-year-old Vancouver boy who was believed to have been the subject of a parental abduction case has been found.
Emerson Cusworth was located yesterday near Phoenix, Arizona.
He had been missing since March 9. The nine-year-old’s father went to pick him up from school, but he wasn’t there. Police believed his mother, Shawana Chaudhary, had taken him, despite a court-imposed custody agreement.
Chaudhary, the boy and his younger sister were found safe yesterday in the Phoenix area.
Constable Jason Doucette with the Vancouver Police Department says he isn’t sure why the mother may have chosen Arizona. “Our investigators were able to track Emerson and his younger sister, and his mom down to that area. It wasn’t until yesterday with the assistance of the US Marshall and the United States Department of Homeland Security that they were located safe and taken into custody.”
He also couldn’t say exactly when the family crossed the border into the US. “We’re so close to a border here. We cover all of our options. The VPD, when we receive calls like this or reports like this, we will reach out to all of our partner agencies. We would reach out to all of our partner agencies within hours of us receiving the information.”
Chaudhary has been arrested and is expected to be extradited to face charges in Canada. “Crown Counsel in BC has approved a charge against Chaudhary in relation to the alleged abduction. She’ll be arrested by the Vancouver Police Department upon her return to Canada.”
Police say steps are being taken to bring Emerson and his sister back to Canada.
Vancouver Police are looking for a Vancouver woman, who on March 9th, allegedly abducted her 9-year-old son, contrary to a court imposed custody order.
Shawana Chaudhary may be traveling with her son, Emerson Cusworth, and her six-year-old daughter.
Police believe Ms. Chaudhary made plans to be away from home for an extended period, and may be traveling with the two children and one or two dogs. There is no indication that either child has been harmed or is in imminent danger.
Ms. Chaudhary is 34 years old, appears South Asian, 5’8 tall, weighs approximately 106 pounds, with long dark hair and dark eyes. Emerson is 9 years old, appears South Asian, weighs approximately 55 pounds, with short black hair and dark eyes.
Police are not releasing additional information about the daughter at this time as there is no information to suggest that she is the subject of a court order.
Anyone with information about their whereabouts, recent activities, or travel plans should call 9-1-1, investigators at 604-717-0601, or CrimeStopppers at 1-800-222-8477.
This investigation remains on-going and there is no additional information to release at this time.