Australia Post has rejected claims it lost the passports of two children allegedly left home alone by their stepmother while she vacationed in Bali.
The woman left her stepchildren home alone for days has blamed the post office and said because the passports were lost she had to leave the four and six year old children behind.
But Australia Post said because the passports had been sent to China, they were no longer its responsibility, WA Today reported.
A spokesman for Australia Post said the passports had been sent to China on December 15.
'Delivery of this item in China is the responsibility of China Post once the item has been cleared by Chinese border authorities,' he said.
The woman had earlier said: 'If you are really concerned about my children, can you please help me sort out this post office and locate passports because without passports my children will not be legal here. So only when I get back the passports my children can be legal'.
The 28-year-old stepmother was arrested at Perth International airport and due to appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on June 22.
The children are now in the care of the Department of Child Protection and Family Services, where they are receiving appropriate care and support.