Police investigating actress Eliza Szonert who snatched son in Malaysia: report

Eliza Szonert holds her son after taking him from a suburban Kuala Lumpur restaurant. Photo: Supplied A man talks to Eliza Szonert’s ex-partner as she talks to her son before taking him. Photo: Supplied
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Eliza Szonert, pictured here in 1996, played Danni Stark on Neighbours from 1993 to 1996.

Eliza Szonert snatches son in Malaysian restaurant following custody row

Malaysian police are reportedly investigating an Australian actress after she snatched her son from her estranged partner at a restaurant in Malaysia, local media report.

Eliza Szonert, who has appeared in Neighbours and Underbelly, told Fairfax Media she took her son to Kuala Lumpur to visit her former partner, but alleged the arrangement turned sour in recent weeks.

She alleges Ashley Crick kicked her out of their shared accommodation after a disagreement, refused to hand over her passport, and refused to let her see their son.

After appealing to the Australian High Commission, Ms Szonert says she enlisted the help of child recovery experts, finding her son at a suburban mall where she picked him up and quickly walked away.

The experience, captured on video given to Fairfax Media, shows it took 15 seconds for Ms Szonert to walk into the restaurant, pick up her son and briskly walk out again, as Mr Crick stood talking with the man who accompanied her.

Local news site The Rakyat Post reported Mr Crick filed a police report the same day.

The deputy police chief of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Law Hong Soon, said Mr Crick went to police headquarters to report what happened on Thursday night.

“I think this case is more towards a family conflict,” Deputy Commissioner Law told Malaysian national news agency Bernama.

“The police will seek Szonert to record her statement.”

After she whisked her son away, Ms Szonert said she was stranded in Malaysia without travel documents as her and her son’s passports were still with Mr Crick.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the department had been providing consular assistance to an Australian woman in Kuala Lumpur, but could not give further detail due to privacy concerns.

When contacted by Fairfax Media on Thursday, Mr Crick said he was “just focused on my son’s well being”.

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