A man who police spent three weeks hunting over the alleged kidnapping a 2-year-old boy has appeared briefly in Auckland District Court.
Phillip Layton Edwards, 33, was arrested in Auckland about 3am today, along with 25 year-old Maryanne Nahi.
Edwards faces two counts of male assaults female, one of kidnapping and one count of unlawfully taking a vehicle while Nahi is charged with being an accessory after the fact.
Police had been looking for Edwards since August 11 after the toddler was taken from his Panmure home. The child was found in a nearby shed a few hours later.
Edwards took to Facebook two days later in an attempt to explain his actions. "I took boy cause mother cut her wrist," he wrote.
Police said Edwards and Nahi were found at a Blockhouse Bay house by officers who spotted a stolen vehicle linked to Edwards.
In 2004, Edwards was sentenced to nine years in prison for the manslaughter of celebrity interior designer David McNee in 2003.
He had been out of prison just 11 days - and been arrested twice - when he killed McNee.
Edwards was living on the streets when McNee paid him to perform a solo sex act. Edwards claimed he was provoked after McNee touched him, against their agreement.
Today he was remanded in custody until next week and the names of the victims - the woman and her son - were suppressed.
Nahi also made a brief appearance in court. She was released on bail to a Mangere address.
She was placed on a 24-hour curfew until her next appearance in two weeks and was ordered not to make contact with Edwards.
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