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Fernie man accused of abducting child to return to Canada today

Photo of Robert Barnet- Amber Alert Suspect  - Submitted
Photo of Robert Barnet- Amber Alert Suspect
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The Fernie man accused of abducting his son and fleeing into the U.S. with him is being extradited back to Canada today.

Robert Barnett, arrested last month for abducting his son Alvin and then crossing into Montana with the child will be brought from Kalispell, Montana to the Roosville border to meet Canadian RCMP officers.

He will be arrested and will face a Justice of the Peace in Cranbrook over the next few days. He is being charged with abduction by a parent.

Barnett, who is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, was the subject of a regional manhunt Nov. 15 after disappearing with his 3-year-old son, Alvin, from the hotel where he lived and worked in Fernie. On Nov. 16, Montana authorities issued an Amber Alert for Robert and Alvin Barnett after the two were spotted crossing into the U.S. at the Port of Roosville, north of Eureka, Mont.

He was arrested in Whitefish the next morning. Alvin was found unharmed and has been returned to Canada. He is currently in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Following his arrest, Barnett initially refused to be voluntarily extradited back to Canada.

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