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On the run mother may face jail in legal battle

By Claire Hayhurst

Published 16/06/2015

Missing: Ethan Williams
Missing: Ethan Williams

A mother who went on the run with her three-year-old son during a bitter custody battle could be jailed if her ex-partner starts legal proceedings against her.

Roger Williams (39) and his son Ethan's guardian have until tomorrow to decide whether they wish to bring contempt proceedings against the boy's mother Rebecca Minnock (35) for defying two court orders.

Miss Minnock could be jailed - just as her mother Louise and her partner Andrew Butt were last week for withholding details on the little boy's disappearance.

Yesterday the Somerset mother-of-one was branded "utterly irresponsible" by the judge dealing with Ethan's case, saying that if everyone behaved like her there would be "anarchy".

Mr Williams described the last few weeks and months as a "time of immense anxiety" and said he was grateful to everyone who helped bring his son home.

Miss Minnock made allegations about Mr Williams which a district judge later ruled were false.

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