Willowbank child abduction: Man and woman to face court

LATEST: A MAN and a woman will face court on Monday morning over the alleged abduction of a two-year-old girl from a Willowbank home over the weekend.

Police called a Child Abduction Alert at 11.27pm on May 10 when a two-year-old girl was allegedly taken from a residence on Sancroft Street at 8pm on the same evening.

The girl was located at 7pm on Sunday night and a man and a woman were taken into custody in Archerfield.

A 21-year-old Morayfield woman and a 42-year-old Victorian man have both been charged with one count each of abducting a child under the age of 16 and burglary and commit indictable offence.

They are both due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
 

Missing two-year-old girl found safe and well at Archerfield

UPDATE: A two-year-old girl, who was snatched from a home near Ipswich in a brazen abduction on Saturday night, has been found.

Bella Rose Goulding was found safe and well by Queensland Police at Archerfield about 7 o'clock last night.

A man and a woman are assisting police with inquiries.

The curly-haired toddler was taken from a property in Willowbank about 7.50pm Saturday.

The abduction allegedly involved three men and a woman.

It is claimed a group of three men forced their way into the residence, took the girl and left.

Her father Steven Goulding was in the house at the time and said he was hit in the face when he attempted to stop the men from taking his daughter.

Mr Goulding told ABC radio there were other children at the home when the alleged abduction took place.

"They just basically busted in, took the little child and as I went to walk out the door they smashed me across the face," he told ABC.

"It was quite distressing for the young children."

Police said the youngster was visiting with her father when she was taken.

A woman was seen with the three alleged male kidnappers.

A silver Mitsubishi sedan and a white Holden Commodore were seen leaving the scene.

The youngster was described as Caucasian in appearance with blue eyes and blonde hair.

Queensland was put on high alert yesterday as media outlets and social media carried images of the young girl and two people of interest.

Acting Inspector Alison Jewell said police followed several leads after information had been received from members of the public.

The investigation stretched into New South Wales before vital information tracked the toddler down to the inner-Brisbane suburb of Archerfield.

Queensland Police last night thanked the media and the public for their assistance.

Investigations are continuing. Anyone with further information can contact the child abduction safety alert hot line on 13 15 64 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

UPDATE: Police searching for a two-year-old girl who was taken from a residence at Willowbank last night have released images of a man and woman who may be able to assist with the investigation.

Around 8pm, the young girl, who is described as being Caucasian with blonde curly hair and blue eyes was taken from a residence on Sancroft Street.

She was last seen wearing a pink 'Dora the Explorer' t-shirt and grey leggings.

Three men and a woman were sighted in a white Holden Commodore and a silver Mitsubishi sedan around the time she was taken.

The girl's father was in the house during the abduction and said he was hit in the face when he attempted to stop three men taking his daughter.

At a press conference this afternoon, police said they believed Bella was in the company of people known to the family.

 

UPDATE: A DESPERATE search is still underway for a two-year-old girl who was abducted during a home invasion at Willowbank.

The girl is believed to have been snatched from a property in Sancroft St at about 7.50pm on Saturday night.

It was reported a group of three men forced their way into the residence, took the girl and left.

The girl's father was in the house during the abduction and said he was hit in the face when he attempted to stop three men taking his daughter.

At a press conference this afternoon, police said they believed the girl was in the company of people known to the family.

They said the curly-haired toddler was not a permanent resident of the Sancroft St home she was abducted from, and 

was visiting with her father when she was taken.

A woman was with the three male kidnappers and police are investigating whether the abduction relates to a custody dispute.

However they remained tight-lipped about whether the woman seen leaving the area was the girl's mother.

The four were seen leaving in two cars, a silver Mitsubishi sedan and a white Holden Commodore.

The girl is described as described as Caucasian in appearance with blue eyes and blonde hair. She was taken from wearing pink Dora the Explorer t-shirt and grey leggings.

Acting Inspector Alison Jewell the police were getting information from the public and appreciated all the help they were receiving and were following up all leads.

She said they have been in contact with police across the border in New South Wales.

Anyone with information on the girl's whereabouts can contact the child abduction safety alert hot line on 13 15 64 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
 

'It was quite distressing for the young children': Dad

THE father of  a two-year-old girl snatched from a Willowbank home has told how he was 'smashed across the face' by men who took the girl.

The dad told he was hit in the face when he attempted to stop three men taking his daughter.

He said there were other children at the home when the abduction took place.

"They just basically busted in, took the little child and as I went to walk out the door they smashed me across the face," he told ABC.

"It was quite distressing for the young children."

A woman was with the men and police are investigating whether the abduction relates to a custody dispute.

It's not clear whether the woman was the girl's mother.

The four fled in two cars, a white Holden Commodore and a silver Mitsubishi sedan, and police are seeking public assistance to find the two-year-old.

SUNDAY 11.34AM: THE Queensland Police Service is still seeking urgent public assistance to help locate the two-year-old who was taken from a residence on Sancroft Street, Willowbank around 8pm last night.

The girl is described as being Caucasian, with blue eyes and blonde curly hair.

Three men and a woman were sighted in a white Holden Commodore and a silver Mitsubishi sedan at the time.

SUNDAY 6.45AM: POLICE have spent the night searching for a two-year-old girl who was taken from her home around 8pm last night.

So far nothing has been found however police are reportedly looking for three men and a woman seen in the area around the same time as the girl went missing.

Police are still seeking public assistance.

SATURDAY 11.36PM: QUEENSLAND police are seeking urgent public help to find a two-year-old child who may be at risk after being taken around 8pm from a residence on Sancroft Street, Willowbank.

The girl is described as being Caucasian in appearance with blue eyes and blonde curly hair.

Three males and a female were sighted in a white Holden Commodore and a silver Mitsubishi sedan.

There is no further information available at this time.

Ring 131 564 to provide information about this incident.

Please ring 000 for life threatening information relating to the case.



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