Mother charged with kidnapping son

UPDATE on FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 | A WOMAN has been arrested and charged with kidnapping her six-year-old son in Canberra.

ACT Police issued their first-ever Amber Alert for the boy on Wednesday after he was allegedly snatched from a house in Weston Creek by his mother on Thursday, August 23.

Following a national appeal to find the child, police released a statement late on Friday confirming the boy had been found “safe and well” in Carwoola, NSW.


“[The boy] will be brought to the ACT to be reunited with his father,” the statement said. “He will also undergo medical checks.”

The boy’s mother, Tessa Woodcock, was found by police nearby a short time later.

She was arrested and taken to Queanbeyan Police Station where she was charged with unlawfully taking her son.

ACT Policing Detective Station Sergeant Harry Hains thanked everyone who assisted in the search.

“Our focus since last Thursday has been the safety of Phoenix. It is tremendous news that he has been found, and that he is safe and well,” Detective Station Sergeant Hains said.

“Many people provided information during the investigation. This was invaluable, and helped ACT Policing, NSW Police Force, and other agencies to find Phoenix this afternoon.”

“At the conclusion of this extensive police operation, on behalf of ACT Policing I would like to express sincere thanks to the Canberra community, and the many people from the surrounding region who provided information in the week-long search.

FIRST on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 | POLICE in the ACT have issued their first ever Amber Alert as they desperately appeal for help to find a missing six-year-old boy, who they say could be in NSW.

The child was last seen being driven away from an address in Weston Creek by a woman, suspected to be his mother, around 1.30pm on Thursday, 23 August.

It’s understood the young boy and his mum, Tessa Woodcock, may be in either the Australian Capital Territory or New South Wales.

“[The boy] is not in the lawful custody of his mother and police are seeking to locate him as there are serious concerns for his wellbeing,” police said in a statement.

Anyone who has any information is urged to contact ACT Policing on 02 6256 7777.

NOTE: Details and photos identifying the child have now been removed from this article.