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February 8, 2001

Triplets' mother granted bail in abduction case

No contact allowed

Natalie Armstrong
National Post, with files from The Canadian Press

A mother accused of abducting her eight-year-old triplets from southern Ontario and taking them to Mexico has been granted bail.

However, Carline Vandenelsen, 38, must not have contact with her three children or their father, a judge ruled yesterday after a day-long hearing in Stratford, Ont.

Ms. Vandenelsen wept upon hearing she had been granted the $30,000 bail, which was posted by two of her siblings.

She is also only permitted to enter Stratford, where her children live with their father, to appear in court.

Her sister, Maureen Davidson, who helped post the bail, is allowing Ms. Vandenelsen to live with her until her next court appearance on March 19.

After the ruling, Ms. Vandenelsen was hugged by smiling family members who had not seen her for more than three months.

Ms. Vandenelsen is charged with three counts of abduction, one for each child.

She is accused of taking her children on a three-month trip through the Maritimes, Texas, and eventually Mexico, where she was arrested and the triplets were reunited with their father.

The children disappeared on Oct. 14.

Last month, police located the children in Mexico and returned them to their father.

Police escorted Ms. Vandenelsen to Canada from Acapulco last week.

A publication ban was issued on Monday, prohibiting the media from publishing many details of the case and court proceedings.

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