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Two questioned over disappearance of Eaton children are released from custody

Man and woman had been arrested in Co Down and were questioned by PSNI detectives.

Image: AP Photo/Peter Morrison via PA Images

THE 30-YEAR-OLD man and 28-year-old woman who were in police custody in Northern Ireland over the disappearance of four children from Co Louth have been released without charge.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said that the two were released ‘unconditionally’ yesterday afternoon, Monday 14 March.

The two had been questioned by PSNI detectives at Lisburn police station.

The four Eaton children – Chloe (12), Jessic (10), Jon (5) and Megan (1) – had been left in the care of Steven Appleton, 30, after their mother Rebecca Eaton had gone to hospital.

However when she was discharged and returned home, she discovered her children were gone.

This sparked off a national hunt for the missing children. They were found at a village of holiday cottages in Maghera, Co Down, after a local man recognised a photograph of Appleton that he had seen in a news report.

The children were safe and well when discovered.

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