Above: Alexander Watkins in 2009
Above: Christopher Watkins in 2009
Alexander Nikolas and Christopher Lukas Watkins
Last seen in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 6, 2009
Vital statistics: Alexander is a white male. He was born on June 7, 2001. Brown hair, blue eyes. He has a scar on the left side of his neck. His nickname is "Alex." He has been diagnosed with high functioning Autistic Spectrum Disorder and has behavioral and social skills issues along with possible anger management issues. Was seven at the time. Christopher is a white male. He was born on April 1, 2004. Sandy blond hair, blue/gray/green eyes. His nickname is "Chris" and he may use the alias names "Krzysztof" or "Krzys." Was four at the time. Both children speak English and Polish, may travel on Polish passports, are dual citizens of Canada and Poland, and have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Circumstances: They were abducted by their non-custodial mother, Edyta Ustaszewski Watkins. A photo and vital statistics are posted below. She picked up the children on the above date, along with her father Tadeusz Ustaszewski, for a weekend visitation. She then took them to New York and from there took a flight to Germany. Their father, Stephen Watkins, and Edyta were separated in 2004 and shared joint custody of the children until they were removed from her care by order of the Family Courts and by the Catholic Children's Aid Society on November 21, 2007 due to physical and mental abuse. They were then placed with their father in 2007, who was then granted sole custody by the courts after a long trial on January 26, 2009. Ustaszewski picked up the children on March 6th, 2009 for a weekend visitation with their mother. Ustaszewski drove Edyta and the boys to Rochester, New York on March 8th, 2009 and from there took a flight to Germany. Ustaszewski returned back to Canada the same day. Edyta, Alexander and Christopher have not been seen again. Edyta had been ordered to turn over in the children's' Canadian passports by the courts multiple times but never surrendered them. Edyta's Canadian passport was confirmed canceled forty-two days prior to the childrens' abduction due to Provincial Enforcement measures. U.S. Homeland Security confirmed all three traveled on Canadian Passports. An Interpol Red Notice has been issued by the Canadian Government seeking the arrest and extradition of the abducting mother and Yellow Notices have also been issued for information on the whereabouts of the Watkins boys. The RCMP has placed Edyta (Ustaszewski) Watkins on the RCMP’s Canada’s Most Wanted List. The RCMP announced on May 25th, 2010 that the Watkins abduction is one-of-five worst international child abduction cases in 2009. This is the first known documented Canadian case of a concerned parent involving a missing children’s organization before abduction. Mr. Watkins had contacted Child Find Ontario in September, 2008, when he saw signs that his ex-wife was going to abduct his sons. Ms. Terry Smith, case director of Child Find Ontario has been assisting in searching for the Watkins Missing Children. Ustaszewski was charged with aiding and abetting in a child abduction. His criminal trial date has been postponed on multiple occasions. They children may be in Poland, Germany, France, or Austria. Her family in Poland denies any knowledge of her whereabouts. They are considered at risk because of their mother's history of abuse.
Above: Edyta Watkins in 2009
Vital statistics: White (Canadian/Polish) female. Born on November 17, 1973. Light red/brown hair, blue eyes. She has a tattoo on her lower back and a tattoo of a scorpion on front waist. She may have cut her hair short and dye it blond. She is a dual citizen of Canada and Poland. She speaks English, Polish, German, and French. She may go by her maiden name, "Ustaszewski/Ustaszewsk " or use the alias first name "Edith" or "Alexandra." She has worked as a unionized actress (ACTRA Canada) and a talent agent. Was thirty-four at the time.
If you have any information as to the Watkins childrens' whereabouts, please contact the York Regional Police at 866-876-5423. Any information received can be kept confidential.
Information used to compile this casefile came from the following resources:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Canada
Missing Children Society of Canada
Help Find My Child
Alert! Abducted Missing Children
The Toronto Star
Facebook page for Alexander and Christopher Watkins
YouTube page for Alexander and Christopher Watkins
Twitter account for for Alexander and Christopher Watkins
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