Oct 26 2013
A teacher missing with her five-year-old daughter following a family court tug-of-love dispute with her former partner has been urged to "come to her senses".
Jacqueline Davies, 49, and daughter Alice vanished in 2012 and are thought to have travelled to Russia.
Her former partner Julian Brown - Alice's father - begged her today to see reason and return.
Ms Davies' parents - who are both in their 70s and from Pentyrch, Cardiff - and sister could next week be jailed after a High Court judge concluded that they had not revealed all they knew about Alice's whereabouts.
Mr Justice Keehan decided at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London on Friday that Brian and Patricia Davies - plus their daughter Melanie Williams - were in contempt of court.
He said he would pass sentence in London on Wednesday - and he remanded all three in custody pending that hearing.
"I just want her to come to her senses and come back," said Mr Brown, a 49-year-old gas engineer from Aldershot, Hampshire.
"I'm not asking for blood. I just want to see my daughter every other weekend."
He added: "I don't want her parents and sister to be jailed. I hope she sees reason."
Mr Justice Keehan said Ms Davies had become involved in family court proceedings after separating from Mr Brown.
A judge had ruled that Mr Brown should have contact with his daughter.
But Ms Davies disappeared with the child and Mr Brown had not seen his daughter for nearly two years.
Mr Justice Keehan said Ms Davies was thought to have travelled to Russia with Alice -although it was not known if she was still there.
He said Alice's grandparents and aunt, who has two children, had been told to provide the court with any information they had about the little girl's whereabouts.
And he concluded - after hearing all three give evidence - that they had not complied and were in contempt.