crews descend on town as 'mum on the run' speaks out
media interest in the police search for a missing three-year-old
boy and his mother from Highbridge continues with news crews covering
the case oustside the homes of the pair's family this week.
crews have been reporting on the latest developments in the case
in Burnham and Highbridge.
comes as Rebecca Minnock, 35, has admitted that she's thought
about handing herself in to police but cant bear to give
up her son, three-year-old Ethan.
disappeared with him on May 27th after losing a custody battle
with her ex-partner.
are urgently trying to locate the pair so the child can be reunited
with his father Roger Williams, 39, from Burnham-On-Sea.
Minnock told the Daily Mail newspaper that her son "needs
his home, he needs his own bed", adding: "I know I cant
do this for ever."
accepted her actions were wrong and that, when she is caught,
Ethan would be "taken from me" but insists her son is
her desperation, the young mother said she had considered coming
out of hiding. "Its crossed my mind, it crosses my
mind all the time, but then I look at my son and think I cant
do that," she said.
read loads of people saying what a great mum I am and the people
that know me have signed a petition and then you see the negative
comments and its just so frustrating. I dont see any
do accept that what Ive done is wrong, Im going to
be in a huge amount of trouble for this. Its Ethan that
I worry about."
added: "Were both actually doing really well. Ethan
seems really happy at the moment. Hes missing my mum and
his fish, he has five little fish, and hes missing his nans
dog as well. I know Im going to get caught and hell
be taken from me."
probably think Im mad for what Ive done but Im
really realistic. I know I cant do this for ever, Ethan
needs his home, he needs his own bed, he needs his pets around
him, he needs to be mixing with his friends."
issued new photos of the toddler, pictured here, on Thursday as
the search continued.
court hearing heard how a family friend told police he would rather
go to jail for ten years than give her up to the authorities.
Butt, 56, was found in contempt of court after a judge ruled he
had told a "string of lies" to police and in court which
had hindered the search for Ethan. He could be sent to prison
or fined when he is sentenced on Friday.
had always lived with his mother since his parents separated in
February 2013, and his father applied for contact the following
two-year custody battle ensued, which ended when judges ordered
the mother hand her son over to Mr Williams.
Miss Minnock defied the court order and went on the run with Ethan
on May 27th. Police believe Andrew Butt drove them from her home
in Highbridge to Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
black Ford Focus was picked up on CCTV at the Asda store in Highbridge
when Miss Minnock was seen withdrawing cash.
then picked his car up on the M5 and in Cheltenham. But he had
told police the last time he saw Miss Minnock was the evening
before he gave her the lift.
Constable Anthony Davis told Bristol Crown Court that he detained
Butt on Wednesday after serving him with a collection order
for the missing child. Judge Stephen Wildblood QC found Butt in
contempt of court but said he would try to ensure both parents
in the custody battle have a relationship with Ethan in the future.