October 19, 2013
A Saskatoon man accused of abducting his Brazilian toddler daughter from Ukraine in July will return to court Tuesday for a bail hearing. Alexander Fiodor Levine, 47, is charged with parental abduction between July 10, 2013 and Oct 11, 2013.
The child was found on the weekend, safe and healthy, in the Philippines, after Levine was arrested and charged in Saskatoon on Oct. 11, said Saskatoon police spokeswoman Kelsie Fraser.
The child was in the care of Philippine child welfare authorities as of Tuesday.
Fraser said it’s not yet clear why Levine allegedly took the child to the Philippines, or who he left her with in that country.
“I don’t believe he had a connection to the Philippines,” Fraser said.
Lavine, who lives in Saskatoon, is the father of the two-year-old girl who was born in Brazil to her Brazilian mother, Oziene Barbosa. The child never lived in Canada, Fraser said.
This summer, Levine and Barbosa travelled from Brazil to Ukraine. Barbosa reported the abduction to Ukrainian authorities in July, Fraser said.
Brazilian authorities were also notified. They contacted Saskatchewan Justice and the Saskatoon Police Service in August.
Numerous law enforcement and government agencies, in Canada and abroad, joined the investigation, including the SPS sex crimes and child abuse unit, the major crimes unit, forensic identification unit and tech crimes units, along with the RCMP National Missing Children Operations, the Canada Border Services Agency, Saskatchewan Justice and officials in the Philippines and Brazil.
Levine was arrested Friday in Saskatoon and charged with one count of parental abduction of a child with intent to deprive her lawful parent of the possession of the child.
Canada Border Services helped by tracking Levine’s passport to the Philippines, where authorities then became involved, Fraser said.
On Tuesday, Levine made a brief appearance, via video link, in Saskatoon provincial court, where he was remanded until Tuesday.
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