Lev Tahor kids won't be sent back to Quebec, judge rules

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

Lev Tahor children are walked home during the lunch hour from the makeshift school they attended in Chatham, Ont., in November. (QMI Agency file photo)

Jane Sims, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:42 PM ET

CHATHAM, Ont. -- Thirteen Lev Tahor children won't be sent back to Quebec to be put into foster care, a judge has ruled.

But those who've been returned to Canada after fleeing will remain under Ontario child protection while local agencies work with the families.

The children of the runaway Jewish sect from Quebec, who popped up in Chatham in November after Quebec child protection officials began investigating, remain in foster care while Chatham-Kent Children's Services works with the families.

In a decision released Monday by Superior Court Justice Lynda Templeton, Lev Tahor won its appeal of an Ontario Court ruling to uphold a Quebec order to send the ultra-orthodox children into temporary care in Quebec.

However, Templeton ordered all the children into local child-protection care after the families tried to flee Canada in February.

One family with six children made it to Guatemala.

The rest of the children are in foster homes in Ontario.


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