Fears are growing for a missing mother and her two sons after a family court warned she posed a “risk of harm” to them.
Samantha Baldwin is thought to have disappeared with Dylan Madge, six, and his brother Louise, nine, on Monday following a decision by Nottingham Family Court to remove the two boys from her care.
The 42-year-old was last seen near Nottingham city centre that day and a missing persons appeal was launched on Tuesday. Police later announced the investigation had become an abduction inquiry.
As the search enters its fourth day, police are continuing to appeal for information on the whereabouts of the trio, with officers warning Ms Baldwin may have changed her appearance or name.
Last night, Superintendent Rich Fretwell said officers were growing “increasingly concerned” for the children’s welfare and safety.
Miss Baldwin is considered to pose a risk of harm to the children
Nottingham Family Court
He said: “Samantha has no legal custody of the boys at this time. Our investigation team are exploring a number of lines of inquiry.”
Lines being investigated include whether Mrs Baldwin is being helped by someone, or is lying low at a hotel or bed and breakfast.
“There is always the possibility that Samantha could be being harboured by someone,” Supt Fretwell continued. “We would urged that person to come forward and let us know where the boys are.
"We would also like to appeal to anyone who owns or runs a guest house, B&B or hotel to check your registers and be mindful that the group may be staying under a different name.
"We would also ask caravan park operators and holiday let properties to think about any groups that have joined them since Monday.
"We cannot stress enough the likelihood that Samantha may have changed her appearance and we would like you to keep an open mind."
In a statement Nottingham Family Court added: “It is assumed that she has abducted Louis and Dylan. The children have now been made wards of court. Miss Baldwin is considered to pose a risk of harm to the children.”
Two women aged 62 and 36 have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and were released on bail.
Ms Baldwin is described as 5ft 7in and of slim build with shoulder-length, highlighted blonde hair and green-blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a red knee-length coat but may have changed her clothing.
Louis has collar-length straight fair hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes, while Dylan has collar-length straight dark brown hair, a tanned complexion and brown eyes.
Anyone with information should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 urgently, quoting incident number 332 of March 27.