Girl abduction: pair charged
A father expresses his thanks to police after they charge two people over the alleged kidnapping of his two-year-old daughter from their Ipswich home. Nine NewsPT1M40S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3846x 620 349 May 12, 2014
A man and woman will front court today charged with the abduction of a two-year-old girl from a home in Ipswich's south at the weekend.
The girl, who can no longer be named for legal reasons, was found safe in Archerfield about 7pm Sunday, nearly 24 hours after she was allegedly snatched.
A 21-year-old woman from Morayfield and a 42-year-old Victorian man have each been charged with abducting a child under the age of 16, burglary and commit an indictable offence.
The child allegedly abducted from a Willowbank home has been reunited with her father.
They are scheduled to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police will allege four people broke into the home about 8pm Saturday, fleeing with the girl after a violent confrontation with her father.
Fears were raised the girl's abductors had fled interstate with her, and on Sunday afternoon NSW police joined their Queensland counterparts in issuing a child abduction alert.
The toddler was not a permanent resident of the home she was taken from, police said on Sunday, but visiting with her father at the time she was allegedly abducted.
A neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, told Fairfax Media a mother and her four children reside there.
He said in the past week, another man and a little girl had been visiting almost daily.
At a press conference on Sunday, Ipswich police Acting Inspector Allison Jewell said the abduction did not appear to be a random act.