Nine members of the unconventional ultra-Orthodox Lev Tahor sect who tried to flee the country last week have returned to Canada on Saturday night, where they were welcomed by Toronto-area police and children’s aid officials. Six Lev Tahor children went in custody of Chatham-Kent Children’s Services, i.e. located about a three-hour drive southwest of Toronto, while the three adults were processed by border agents.
The fleeing members of the sect were stopped on March 5 in Trinidad and Tobago, from where they planned to leave for Guatemala. The children, accompanying the fleeing members, were named in a court order that sought to remove them from the community and place them in foster care. Since they failed to appear in court on a predetermined date, the judge ordered local children’s aid workers to bring back the children and use all law enforcement resources required.