NZ mother speaks to missing girls on phone

December 6, 2015 9:00 pm


A NZ mother has not seen her daughters in more than five weeks. Photo / Supplied

The mother of four young girls missing in Australia has managed to
speak to them on the phone — but still has no idea where they are or
when she will get to see them again.
Stacey Smith has not seen
her daughters Charity-Beth, 11, Evergreen, 8, Summer, 3, and Serenity,
2, in more than five weeks after their father, New Zealander Joseph
Smith, took them from their Melbourne school and daycare on October 27.
Smith and her husband separated in January and shared custody of their
daughters, meaning Mr Smith was not breaking any laws and making it
difficult for police to act.
Until yesterday, Mrs Smith had only had a few emails from her estranged husband.
“You kind of go through days when you’re coping and other days you’re just surviving.
“Every day I ring repeatedly and regularly and hope that he will answer.

“Yesterday he answered the phone and let me talk to the older
girls for a minute and I was trying to ask them where they were but he
obviously had the phone on speaker and snatched it off them.”
She said the girls did not say much.
“They just said hello and that they love me.”
Smith, a 35-year-old account administrator, suspected her husband may
have taken the girls to Brisbane, where he had other relatives.
this week, a Victoria Police spokeswoman confirmed the children’s names
were on the missing persons list and police were looking for them.
However, today a spokeswoman said the authority was unable to comment on the matter while it was before the Family Court.
the girls have been missing, Mrs Smith has missed two of their
birthdays and was dreading the possibility of Christmas without them.
is really just unfair and now I am dreading, ‘oh my gosh am I going to
get them back before Christmas?’ I am starting to think of that because
it has already been a long amount of time.”

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