New charges laid against Saskatoon mother accused of faking deaths

Police allege she used fake documents to cross in to the United States

A vigil was held last summer after a Saskatoon mother and her son were reported missing; the pair was discovered in the U.S. Photo: APTN file


Saskatoon police have laid additional charges against the woman arrested in August for allegedly using false identification to cross the international border with her seven-year-old son.

In a news release, police said the charges were laid “in connection to a missing persons investigation.”

The woman was arrested and charged in person Tuesday with procurement to be made and possess identity documents, forging a passport, providing a false statement in relation to a passport, possession of a forged passport, possession of forged documents, identity theft and identity fraud.

She is expected back in court on Nov. 21, the release added.

The woman, who police did not name, is free on bail. The court imposed a ban on publishing any information that would identity her son.

Slew of charges

She faces a slew of charges that accuse her of faking the death of herself and her son and illegally crossing the border into the United States. She was captured in Oregon after her family filed a missing persons report in Canada in July.

Police in Saskatoon scoured a park where her truck was abandoned and were preparing to drag a river amid allegations from the woman’s employer they weren’t doing enough to find the employee and her boy.

The American court returned the woman to Saskatchewan to deal with Canadian charges of public mischief and child abduction in contravention of a custody order. She also faces two charges in the U.S. related to identity fraud for allegedly crossing the border with fake identification.

Online Journalist / Winnipeg

Award-winning reporter Kathleen Martens covers western and northern Canada for aptnnews.ca. A veteran of the Brandon Sun, Sun Media and APTN Investigates, she is based in APTN’s head office, specializing in stories about property, women’s rights and community.

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