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Sask. mom asks for public help after her 7-year-old daughter was taken to unknown location by anti-vaccine dad

A mother in Regina says her ex-husband took her daughter to an undisclosed location two months ago because he doesn’t want the daughter to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mariecar Jackson is begging the public for help in locating the seven-year-old, whom she last saw in mid-November. She said she feared for her daughter’s mental health and physical safety.

“She’s only seven. She has to be home. I just want her to be home,” Mariecar said.

Mariecar said her marriage to her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, ended several years ago. Their daughter attended grade 2 in Regina and lived most of the time with Mariecar, who worked as a teacher’s assistant. The girl also spent time with Michael at his home in Carievale, Saskatchewan, a village 300 kilometers to the southeast.

WATCH | Sask. a woman says she will never stop looking for her child:

Sask. mom asks the public for help to find her daughter taken by an anti-vaccine dad

A Saskatchewan mother is begging the public for help in locating her seven-year-old daughter taken in mid-November by the girl’s father to prevent her from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. 1:55

Mariecar wanted to get her daughter vaccinated against COVID-19. The father did not. After he disappeared, he took part in an online talk show from an undisclosed location to express his point of view.

The girl was due to return to Regina after a visit with her father in mid-November, but was not returned. Mariecar spoke to her daughter by phone on November 21. It was their last contact, Mariecar said.

Sask.  mom asks for public help after her 7-year-old daughter was taken to unknown location by anti-vaccine dad
Michael Jackson has been keeping his seven-year-old daughter in an undisclosed location since mid-November, despite court orders to return the girl to her mother. He said he had to protect the girl from the COVID-19 vaccination. (Provided by Mariecar Jackson)

There was an unconfirmed sighting at a rural gas station in early December, but no one has seen the pair since, Mariecar said.

The father makes a video appearance on a talk show

“We don’t think they’re in the community anymore. It could be out of the province,” said Jill Drennan, lawyer for Mariecar and director of the Regina Rural Legal Aid office.

“We just don’t know where she is. We’re asking the public for help.”

Saskatchewan judges issued two court orders demanding that the girl be returned immediately to her mother.

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” she said.

Sask.  mom asks for public help after her 7-year-old daughter was taken to unknown location by anti-vaccine dad
Mariecar said she just wanted her daughter to come home. She said she had not seen the girl since mid-November despite court orders demanding her return. (Richard Agecoutay / CBC)

Police went to Michael’s home in Carievale to enforce the order, but no one was there, Drennan said on Tuesday.

Saskatchewan RCMP were not available for comment. Regina Police said the copy of court orders emailed by the CBC on their own “do not provide the verification that we would need” to merit an investigation by their department.

The father appeared last week via video from an undisclosed location on the online talk show Living with Laura Lynn. The host has repeatedly expressed support for the father’s actions. They traded unsubstantiated and disproved stories about COVID-19 vaccines for nearly 45 minutes. Michael said he “had to protect” the girl from the vaccine.

“Even if there is a one in a million chance that your daughter may not even die, but there is a one in a million chance that she may not have a baby, wouldn’t that be enough?” he said.

‘Mom will never stop looking for you’

The host then asked the father if his daughter wanted to be vaccinated. He pointed the computer camera at the seven-year-old girl.

“It can change your DNA. I don’t believe God wants me to do it. And it can make you sick and kill you,” the girl said.

The host then replied, “So it looks like you kinda know what’s going on, ha ha. Okay. So cute!”

Michael could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. CBC News attempted to reach him by sending messages to the email addresses listed for him in the court documents, as well as by other means.

Drennan said the man’s video appearance increases the urgency of the search.

“It’s been over 60 days. It appears he has no plans to fire her,” she said.

Sask.  mom asks for public help after her 7-year-old daughter was taken to unknown location by anti-vaccine dad
Regina’s lawyer Jill Drennan said the ex-husband who was babysitting his client’s daughter was using his anti-vaccine beliefs as an excuse. (Zoom)

As for Mariecar, when asked if she had a message for her daughter, she started crying, stopped, and then responded.

“Mum will never stop looking for you. Mum loves you so much. Every day I pray that one day you will be home. I love you so much. Mum is strong and one day we will be together.”