A mother who is on the run with her three-year-old son has said she "couldn't bear" to lose her son Ethan.
But today a judge urged Rebecca Minnock to turn herself in, saying both parents needed a relationship with the child.
It comes as Andrew Butt, the former partner of Miss Minnock's mother, was held in contempt of court after a judge at Bristol Crown Court ruled he had lied about his knowledge of her disappearance.
ITV News' Peter Smith reports:
A family friend of a mother on the run with her missing three-year-old son faces prison after a judge found he had been "utterly untruthful" about their disappearance.
Judge Stephen Wildblood QC ruled Andrew Butt "told a string of lies" to police and in court about his knowledge of the disappearance of Rebecca Minnock and her son Ethan.
The only reason for him to have done so is that he knows precisely where Rebecca and Ethan went that morning because he took them to Cheltenham himself in his motor car.
Butt, 56, the partner of Miss Minnock's mother, was remanded into custody at Bristol Crown Court where he will return tomorrow to be sentenced.
The judge said he had the power to imprison Mr Butt, fine him or seize his assets after finding him guilty of breaching the terms of a collection order - an order made by the judge on Becky's family members ordering them to hand over Ethan, or any information which might help find him, to the authorities.
A judge hearing the case of a mother on the run with her three-year-old son has emphasised the importance of both parents maintaining a relationship with the boy "if at all possible".
Judge Stephen Wildblood QC told Bristol Crown Court the court, press and police are all working to find Ethan Williams, who is missing with his mother Rebecca Minnock and that he was "very grateful" for the help.
He said: "I know the mother has contacted The Sun and has expressed some views about what she thinks may occur.
"I think it is important to put right - so the public can understand - the seriousness with which the court takes in approaching the task of ensuring that both parents, if at all possible, maintain an effective relationship with the child."
The father of a three-year-old boy who is missing along with his mother has said "the welfare and safe return of his only child" is his priority.
Rebecca Minnock, 35, and her son Ethan Williams, disappeared from her home in Highbridge, Somerset, two weeks ago after a court ruled the boy should live with his father Roger Williams.
A statement issued on behalf of Mr Williams said he was working closely with the authorities and that his priority was the "safe return" of Ethan.
This is a very difficult time for Roger Williams and his family.
The welfare and safe return of his only child, Ethan, is understandably his priority.
Mr Williams is working closely with the authorities to ensure Ethan is located and the decision of the court is upheld.
No further comment will be given to the press at this time and we request that Mr Williams is given space and privacy.
Police have released two new photographs of three-year-old Ethan Williams who is missing along with his mother.
Rebecca Minnock, 35, was last seen with her son on May 26 in Taunton, Somerset, although officers are investigating possible sightings in the Cheltenham and Birmingham areas.
Rebecca is described as white, aged 35, about 5ft 3ins, of medium build with dark wavy shoulder-length hair. Ethan is white, of small build, with blond/fair hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Avon and Somerset Police.
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The sister of a woman who has gone on the run with her three-year-old son has said any mother in her situation "would have done exactly the same".
Rebecca Minnock, 35, disappeared from her home in Highbridge, Somerset, with her son Ethan two weeks ago after a judge ruled he should live with his father.
Her sister Limmie Shaw told ITV News that Rebecca had been in touch with the family to say they were safe and well but had not told them where they were.
Rupert Evelyn, ITV News' Wales and West of England Correspondent, reports:
Police have appealed for anyone with information on a mother and her missing three-year-old son to contact them.
Rebecca Minnock, 35, disappeared from her home in Highbridge, Somerset, with her son two weeks ago after a court ruled the boy should live with his father.
Since her disappearance, there have been possible sightings in the Cheltenham and Birmingham areas, Avon and Somerset Police said.
DCI Marie Wright urged anyone with information on the pair's whereabouts to contact the force as soon as possible.
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