from today's star:
Mother pleads for daughter's return
Father appears in court as police search lakefront
By Josh Rubin
Staff Reporter thestar.com
A desperate Maureen Currie pleaded today for the public's help in finding her two-year-old daughter Alexis, as police searched the lakefront in eastern Toronto for any sign of the missing girl.
Speaking outside 41 Division police headquarters in Scarborough, an emotional Currie asked anyone who knows something to help. Her ex-husband Peter Currie appeared in court this morning charged with abducting Alexis, and Maureen suggested a relative may be holding onto her daughter.
"If you're a mother, you have to understand. I don't want to say I don't want you prosecuted, but I just want my baby back,'' said Currie.
Police are scouring Lake Ontario's shoreline from Etobicoke all the way to Whitby, and have called in the Durham Regional Police helicopter to search from the sky. They're focussing their efforts on a stretch of the Lake Ontario shoreline in Bluffers Park, between Markham Rd. and Brimley Rd.
Detective Reg Pitts said police are growing increasingly worried about the possibility of foul play, but hope Alexis may be with a relative or friend.
"We're holding out that hope, and that's why we're searching,'' said Pitts.
Pitts said Peter Currie is no longer cooperating with the investigation.
Peter Currie picked up Alexis and her 4-year-old sister Robyn last Friday at the Scarborough Access Centre, complying with a custodial agreement he had recently established with his estranged wife. The sisters were supposed to be brought back the following day.
It wasn't until Sunday that Currie brought Robyn to her grandparents' house. Police say he did not bring back Alexis.
Alexis' mother spent Monday night at 41 Division, answering questions and desperately waiting for news about her daughter. Just before 1 p.m. yesterday, police escorted her back to her Scarborough home.