Mothers Being Prosecuted For Parental Kidnapping
A Michigan woman who fled the state after refusing to turn over her children to their dad, the custodial parent, has been arrested and charged with two counts of custodial interference a.k.a. parental kidnapping.
This news comes as it’s also being reported that three children kidnapped four years ago by their mother have been located in Mexico and will be reunited with their family.
In the Michigan case, Wendi Sue Carpenter and her two children were located in Colorado roughly three weeks after she was scheduled to return the children to their father in Michigan, according to FOX 17 News. This kidnapping follows years of unsubstantiated false allegations against her ex-husband, the news source reports.
The father, Eric Carpenter, reported his children missing when Wendi didn’t show for the scheduled custody exchange. The FBI was eventually brought in and obtained a federal warrant for the mother’s arrest.
Incredibly, the women’s current husband said the mother does not want to “hurt [the kids] in any way” and that he “can’t imagine what they’re going through emotionally right now.”
The emotional trauma inflicted on these children by their mother is shared by three other children whose mother violated the child custody agreement with her ex-husband by kidnapping her children four years ago.
Jennifer Lopez DeJongh and her children were found in Mexicali, Mexico, and have been transferred to U.S. authorities.
She and her ex-husband, Brian Miller, were fighting over custodial rights regarding medical and educational decisions before the alleged kidnapping, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The three children are the grandchildren of Rep. Gary Miller of California.
Here’s hoping these parental kidnapping cases are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Wendi Carpenter’s court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 30. DeJongh is currently being held on $500,000 bail and faces up to three years in prison for child custody deprivation.
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