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Runaway girl’s father hid her – police

Filed under: General — JohnPotter @ 5:58 pm Fri 7th January 2005

A Hamilton man who helped his runaway daughter elude authorities for a week may face charges, Cambridge police say.

Louise Irwin, a state ward, was listed as missing on December 30, after a row with Lynette Karam-Whalley, the Cambridge hairdresser who has been her foster-mother for the past two years.

After leaving Mrs Karam-Whalley’s salon, the 13-year-old hitch-hiked to Hamilton, where she was picked up by her birth father, Ronald Irwin, Sergeant Gordon Grantham said today.

Mr Irwin then allegedly hid his daughter from authorities for a week, telling police he had no idea where she was.

Today, Mr Irwin said that over the years 10 of his 11 children had been placed in CYF care because of alleged neglect.

“The real reason why I hide (sic) her was because I was trying to get hold of a counsellor,” he said.

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  1. It would almost seem incredilious that police could possibly think about charging a father for trying to hide his daughter from the authorities so he could arrange for her to see a counsellor. She went to her Dad for help so he could address the difficult set of circumstances she faces. Will a court cconviction for Dad solve her problem?
    I can sympathize with his sad situation as my ex and her family abducted my two daughters 4 years ago and made malicious false allegations to CYF ,police and family court. 12 criminal convictions & 6 permanent protection orders later, no access arrangements are in place!
    Police could never imagine my horrific experience, they could never imagine the anger,frustration,confusion and sheer torment that I live every second of the day. I have been to hell and back trying to highlight a injustice but nobody gives a toss as the system gives me no credibility. If my two daughters walked up my driveway I would hide them for life, stuff the dishonest system. It is sad indictment when fathers in this country are treated like villain’s . I know who is guilty of the villainous behaviour but she is not accountable.

    Comment by Peter Burns — Sat 8th January 2005 @ 10:27 am

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