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Kidnapping charges laid in Mennonite assault case

09/10/2013 02:05 EDT | Updated 11/10/2013 05:12 EST
More charges have been laid against members of a Mennonite community in Manitoba.

Two women, members of the community, and a man who is not Mennonite, are accused of abducting a person under the age of 14.

The charges include kidnapping and confinement, obstruction of justice, and interfering with foster parents' ability to care for the child.

The charges come after a 13-year-old boy ran away from his foster home. He was later found in Saskatchewan.

He, along with dozens of children from the community — all but one of the community's kids — were apprehended by child welfare workers earlier this year as part of an RCMP investigation into child abuse.

The children were then placed into foster care. The parents and community leaders have been in talks with child welfare officials towards having the children returned.

So far, 13 adults face charges of abuse, including the two women found in Saskatchewan with the teenaged boy.

The charges are based on allegations of children being struck with cattle prods, whips and leather straps between July 2011 and Jan. 31 of this year.

None of the accused can be named to protect the identity of the children.

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