Former Calgary resident Oscar Maillard has been reunited with his son in Europe. The four-year-old’s face has been blurred at the request of family.
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Former Calgary resident Oscar Maillard has been reunited with his son in Europe after an Alberta judge issued a Canada-wide warrant for the four-year-old’s mother.Maillard said his son is at home with him in Spain after he and Dutch police officers found the boy and his mother, Elizabeth De Swart, at her grandmother’s home in the Netherlands.“Now we’ve been back in Spain, and we’ve just been enjoying life and puttering around in the swimming pool and just catching up,” he said. “It’s finally worked out. It’s been very tiring.”According to court documents, the father and mother moved from Calgary to Europe with their son in the fall of 2018. The family then settled in Spain in March. On May 6, while Maillard was in the central African country of Chad for work, he was told by the mother’s sister that De Swart and the child were in Calgary.On July 2, Justice Barbara Romaine heard an application from Maillard under the International Child Abduction Act and ruled the child’s habitual residence is in Spain and ordered the four-year-old to be returned to the home.Maillard’s lawyer, Leigh Sherry, said after the boy was not returned to Spain by July 6, she re-appeared before Romaine, who issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for De Swart. Calgary police confirmed that on July 10, the court issued a warrant for the arrest of De Swart for breach of a court order.De Swart’s sister has been posting updates on the situation to a GoFundMe page raising funds to cover legal fees. In the most recent post, Natalie Sorkilmo wrote that De Swart is working with her legal teams in Canada and in Europe, and does not know when she will have contact with her son again.“Once Elizabeth has her son safely back in her arms she will come out with her full side of the story,” she stated.