Saskatchewan

U.S. sending Dawn Walker, accused of faking her own death, back to Canada to face criminal charges

A Saskatoon woman accused of faking her and her child's deaths is going to be returned to Canada. Dawn Walker has been detained in the U.S. after being arrested in Oregon for allegedly using false identification to cross the border with her child.

Dawn Walker will have to answer to charges of abduction and mischief

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Dawn Walker is being sent back to Canada from the U.S., where she has been held in custody since being arrested and charged with illegally crossing the border. (Submitted by Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations)

A Saskatoon woman who has said she was the victim of domestic abuse is to be returned to Canada after being arrested in Oregon for allegedly using false identification to cross the border with her child.

Judge Stacie F. Beckerman of the U.S. district court in Oregon ordered that Dawn Marie Walker, 48, be returned to Canadian officials Wednesday.

Walker was the subject of an extensive search after she disappeared with her child. She was found and arrested in Oregon earlier this month and has been detained in the U.S. since.

U.S. prosecutors filed a court document in Oregon alleging that Walker "kidnapped her child," faked her and her child's deaths, then fled to the U.S. as part of an "elaborate and well thought out plan."

The prosecution and defence both consented to Walker's return to Canada after she waived a formal extradition process, which would likely be lengthy.

Scott Kerin, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, told the court that returning Walker to Canada is in the best interest for both countries.

Walker is to be released to special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.

The agents are to drive her to the Canadian border, where she is to be released to officials and answer to charges laid by the Saskatoon Police Service, including public mischief and child abduction in contravention of a custody order.

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