Missing Children Society of Canada

Missing Children Society of Canada

July 21, 2009 12:28 ET

Missing Children Society of Canada: A Grateful Mother Brings Home Her Abducted Son

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 21, 2009) - Missing Children Society of Canada

A close to three month ordeal has finally come to an end now that an abducted Calgary boy is home from the Middle East. The toddler, who was abducted by his father Mohamad Najie El-Ajami, has returned home with his mother who travelled to Lebanon to retrieve him from his paternal grandparents.

Mohamad Najie El-Ajami, 26, was arrested at a northeast home on June 15th on charges of kidnapping his son. Following the arrest, the boy's mother and a number of agencies worked together to bring the toddler home.

To protect her son's identity, the mother would like to remain anonymous at this time but has released the following statement:

"I am thrilled to have my son home. Our bond is just as strong as it ever was... it just goes to show how important a mother is to a child. Thank you to all the individuals and agencies for their amazing support in bringing my son home to Calgary. To all those who provided tips to Crime Stoppers here in Calgary which led to the arrest of my son's father. And to my step-father who stayed by my side throughout the ordeal, and kept me strong."

She would also like to express her immense gratitude to the following groups who assisted in her son's return:

- Calgary Police Services, Detective Sean Gregson

- Crown Prosecutor Office Calgary, Paul Mason

- My attorney, Mike Dinkle

- RCMP/ National Missing Children's Services, Ottawa, John Oliver

- Interpol

- Foreign Affairs and International Trade/Children's Issues Section, Jean-Marc Lesage

- Canadian Embassy Lebanon

- Canada Border Services/Calgary Airport, Margaret O'Brien

- Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC), Barb Snider and Rhonda Morgan

"As you can see, an international abduction takes an amazing amount of coordination. Success doesn't just happen overnight," said Barb Snider, an International Case Manager with the MCSC.

No further information is being released at this time and the mother is not conducting interviews. However, if you would like to set up an interview with MCSC to discuss parental abductions, call Marilyne Aalhus at 403-291-0705. To learn more about MCSC, visit www.mcsc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Missing Children Society of Canada
    Marilyne Aalhus, Director of Development
    (403) 291-0705 or Cell: (403) 862-5357
    Toll Free: 1-800-661-6160
    (403) 291-9728 (FAX)
    Email: maalhus@mcsc.ca
    Website: www.mcsc.ca