Missing girl and her mother have been located in Hamilton

The little girl at the centre of an Amber Alert issued earlier this month has been found safe in Hamilton.

Niagara Regional Police say nine-year-old Layla Sabry and her mother Allana Haist were located in the early morning hours of December 12.

Police say they are both in good health and Layla has been returned to her grandparents.

An Amber Alert was issued for Layla on December 2 after the girl’s mother failed to appear for a court hearing. On December 6, police issued a Canada Wide Warrant for Haist in relation to the abduction of her daughter.

Haist is the primary caregiver for the little girl but has been involved in a three-year-long custody battle with the child’s father.

Allan Haist, Layla’s grandfather, reached out to CHCH News yesterday to make a plea to his daughter Allana, asking her to come out of hiding so she can proceed with her custody battle.

“Allana, we know that you feel betrayed by this system and the rush to judgement,” Haist pleaded. “We know that you feel you were not treated fairly. But please, be assured that you and Layla have many supporters and everyone is committed to ensuring that everyone focuses on what is best for Layla.”

Allana Haist, 38, has been charged with Abduction in Contravention of a Custody Order and is schedule to appear in a St. Catharines court later today.


Commenting Guidelines

  • Comments are open for 2 days only after publication of article
  • All comments subject to approval
    • Comments must be constructive and a minimum of 5 words
    • Please do not submit multiple identical comments
    • Personal attacks will not be posted
    • We reserve the right to edit submissions for spelling, grammar, and language
  • CH-CHing! points will be awarded upon submission, however comments will not appear live until they have been approved
  • During the approval process, we reserve the right to withdraw CH-CHing! points awarded to you for comments that do not meet the above guidelines


Maria says:

Thispoor women all she wanted to do was protect her daughter from her horrible father yet she’s charged smh.