Mother charged over child left in China

16:00, Mar 25 2013

A Queenstown business owner charged with failing to return her child to New Zealand was granted interim name suppression yesterday.

The woman, 31, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Queenstown District Court charged with failing to comply with a parenting order and contravening the order in respect of travel arrangements by failing to return a child to New Zealand from China on January 26.

Sergeant Ian Collin said the case was also being heard by the Family Court.

Lawyer John Westgate said it was a very unusual case with parallel jurisdiction.

The woman bore a son during a previous relationship but the family and father lived in New Zealand. The mother travelled regularly to China to visit family and during the visits an immunisation programme for encephalitis was arranged for her son.

She had a business in Queenstown but strong connections with family in China, Mr Westgate said.

She went to China with her son and returned to Queenstown alone while the immunisation was being done but intended to bring her son back to New Zealand.

Judge Phillips remanded the woman without plea until April 8 to enable the return of the child to New Zealand with a third party.

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