‘I don’t know where she is’: 7-year-old kidnapped by father who refuses to vaccinate her

For two months, Mariecar Jackson tries to find her seven-year-old daughter who she says was taken to an undisclosed location by her ex-husband because he did not want the girl vaccinated against COVID-19.

Now the Regina, Sask.-area mom is turning to the public for help in a desperate attempt to find the young girl.

“In a pandemic, we just want to be with our family. We just want everyone to be safe and I don’t know where she is,” Jackson told CTV National News.

“It’s not good for a seven-year-old to live in hiding. It just breaks my heart.”

Jackson’s ex-husband Michael refused to return the seven-year-old Sarah after a visit in November. Mariecar wanted her daughter to be vaccinated; Michael, who is against the vaccine, didn’t.

Mariecar thinks Sarah is being kept away from other children, out of school and in hiding.

Meanwhile, Michael appeared on a right-wing talk show from an undisclosed location last week to discuss his stances against the vaccine. During the interview, uploaded to the online platform Rumble, he and the host exchange baseless and disproven stories about COVID-19 vaccines, including false claims that the MRNA vaccine alters human DNA.

“I’m her father, it’s my job to protect her,” he says in the video.

“Even if there’s a one in a million chance your daughter could die, not even, but there’s a one in a million chance she won’t be able to have a baby, wouldn’t that be enough?”

The missing girl is visible in the background for much of the interview. At one point, the host asks if the daughter wants the vaccine, to which her father points the camera at her.

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

Saskatchewan RCMP says they are investigating but declined to comment further on the matter.

Her mother says she still wants her daughter to be vaccinated, but says her main concern is getting her home safely. She says she is willing to take the decision to court and let a judge decide.

Lawrence Pinsky, a family attorney in Winnipeg, Man., says these types of vaccine-related disputes are becoming more common in Canada as the pandemic continues.

“[This] has changed over time and has become more of a vaccination issue with people asking the court to vaccinate or ban their children,” Pinsky told CTV National News.

“But the courts have been pretty clear across the country, but in Manitoba in particular, the premise is that vaccination is in the best interests of a child.”

In September, a lawsuit in Saskatchewan involving divorced parents disagreeing on the vaccine issue made national headlines, with the judge ultimately siding with the father who wanted their 13-year-old daughter to receive the shot.

In December, an Alberta judge ruled in favor of a woman battling her ex-husband over whether her children would be vaccinated against COVID-19, the first case of its kind in the province.

In a similar case in Quebec, a Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of a mother who wanted her 12-year-old vaccinated against the father’s will.

“There could be an unusual case where the parent can prove that the vaccine for the specific child is not warranted. That would be extremely rare and you would have to provide strong evidence,” Pinsky said.

“In theory, if someone could prove a medical reason with specific evidence, then there would be a case. Otherwise, the suspicion will be that vaccines are in the best interests of the child.”

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