Two Lev Tahor kids set for foster care now missing, too

Lev Tahor children are walked home during the lunch hour from the makeshift school they attend in...

Lev Tahor children are walked home during the lunch hour from the makeshift school they attend in Chatham, Ont., Friday, November 29, 2013. (Diana Martin/QMI Agency)

Jane Sims and Vicki Gough, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:19 PM ET

CHATHAM, Ont. -- Some are gone, others missing.

Police confirmed Thursday 12 of the 14 children of a runaway Jewish sect from Quebec, the kids subject to a foster care order, have fled Canada -- six to Guatemala, six others halted in Trinidad and Tobago.

The whereabouts of two others are unknown..

It was a fast-moving day of developments involving the ultra-orthodox Lev Tahor kids and their parents who skipped Chatham, despite a judge's order to stay put, just days before a court appeal that could have sent the kids into temporary foster care in Quebec following allegations there of child neglect and abuse.

Instead of waiting for a judge's ruling on that appeal, which has been delayed, local child-welfare officials got an emergency order to round up the kids.

Now, Chatham-Kent Children's Services, the police and border officials are scrambling to find the two missing kids, while negotiations have begun to return six of the other kids and three adults to Canada from Trinidad.


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