30 Jul 2012

Woman who abducted toddler remanded in custody

7:06 pm on 30 July 2012

A woman accused of abducting a toddler in Auckland has been remanded in custody after a brief hearing in court on Monday.

Skye Mason, 27, is charged with the abduction of Alyssa Barker.

The 17-month-old was taken from her home near Kaukapakapa in Auckland on Friday and not found until Saturday evening.

Ms Mason had been taken in a few days earlier by Alyssa's parents, who took pity on her living on the streets.

She appeared in the Waitakere District Court late Monday afternoon following a psychiatric evaluation earlier in the day.

The judge said the evaluation showed Ms Mason was in a fragile state.

She is also charged with assaulting a police officer.