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AMERICAN SOUGHT BY CANADIAN POLICE

Canadian authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of an American man they claim forcibly abducted two children, aged 3 and 7, Friday from his ex-wife's St. Catharines home.

The woman reported to Niagara Regional Police that her ex-husband took the two children at about 11:45 a.m. and allegedly transported them across the Canada-U.S. border en route to North Carolina. The couple were not identified.

An investigation by Canadian police revealed that the mother is in possession of a custody order issued by an Ontario provincial court, and the father is in possession of a custody order issued by a New York State court.

The American custody order apparently allows the father legal custody of his children on U.S. soil, Canadian officials said.

The children were located at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport by transit police of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and found "to be safe and happy," according to Niagara Regional Police.

The criminal investigation branch of the Canadian police agency is continuing an investigation. Canadian authorities said they plan to contact American officials in an effort to seek an amicable resolution in the case.

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