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Missing mother and son found safe

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 02:45 GMT, Jun 13, 2015 |
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A mother and her three-year-old son have been found safe and well two weeks after going missing, police have said. Rebecca Minnock, 35, from High Bridge, Somerset, disappeared with her son Ethan on 27 May after a court ruled the boy should live with his father. Police said the mother and son “will now receive the support they need”. Det Ch Insp Marie Wright, of Avon and Somerset police, said Ms Minnock handed herself in “in the Oxford area”. “This is the news we had been hoping for and I am grateful to Becky for coming forward,” she said. Ms Minnock told the Mail she decided to hand herself in because Ethan wanted to see her family and to sleep in his own bed.

“I’ve seen the amount of support I’ve had from neighbors, family and friends and I’m just hoping that somebody will be able to help us to get this case looked into again.” She said she made the “huge decision” to go into hiding because she felt “trapped”. “I just couldn’t hand him over,” she added. Ms Minnock has been engaged in a two-year legal battle with Ethan’s father Roger Williams over contact with their son. In February, a district judge found she had fabricated allegations against Mr Williams in order to “frustrate contact” between him and Ethan. A social worker reported that Ethan was not “emotionally safe” with his mother, and Ethan had been staying with his father four nights a week since February.

Earlier on Friday, Ethan’s grandmother was sentenced to 10 days in prison for lying in court about the pair’s disappearance. Louise Minnock, 52, was convicted of contempt of court for hiding the fact they were driven to Cheltenham by her partner Andrew Butt, who was jailed for the maximum 28 days for contempt.