The letters from love-tug children ‘begging not to go back to dad’ after they went on the run with their mother

The letters from love-tug children ‘begging not to go back to dad’ after they went on the run with their mother

  • Jessica, 14, writes: ‘I am not happy at all… I do not want to go back to Spain’

  • Jennifer Marie Jones, 46, abducted them from their father in Spain

  • The mother and her children went on the run before she was arrested

  • Miss Jones is being held at a police station in Gwent, south Wales

    ‘Four children found after going on the run with their mother in Wales have written letters begging not to be made to live with their father in Spain.

    As their mother, Jennifer Jones, was held by police, family members released hand-written notes they claim prove a judge was wrong to order them to be sent away.

    In one, Jessica, 14, writes to the judge: ‘I am not happy at all… I do not want to go back to Spain,’ underlining the word ‘not’.

    During their time on the run, Miss Jones told family members she had acted drastically to ‘protect’ her children from their father, Spanish Lieutenant Colonel Tomas Palacin Cambra, who she claims was abusive towards her and the children. He denies the claims.

    Miss Jones has fought a bitter custody battle with her former husband since their 12-year marriage ended in 2008. She has tried to run away with the children once before.

    Their father was granted custody in the Spanish courts, but the children return to Wales to spend the summer holidays with Miss Jones and her family.

    Last week she failed to send them back, and a High Court judge ordered her to return them to Spain by midnight on Friday.

    She failed to do so, and lost an appeal on Monday. But when police officers and social workers went to her home the family had disappeared.

    At a hearing on Tuesday, Mr Justice Roderic Wood said he was ‘very concerned about the children’, launching a national hunt for the runaway mother. After they were found yesterday, grandmother Brynelda Jones, 78, said returning them to Spain would be ‘like sending lambs to the lion’s den’.


    Read more: She adds that she is ‘scared’ to be with her father and is ‘finally feeling brave enough to speak up for myself’.

     


     

     

 

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