Kidnapping and Guns – One Way to Get Custody
Sometimes after divorce, parents will do anything they can to gain custody of a child. In one case, a mother attempted to kidnap her child, in order to get full custody. Although not everyone resorts to such extremes, many violate custody in other ways. If you want to know more about child custody and divorce, contact an experienced family lawyer at 888-309-7736.
Four days after a Missouri judge signed an order granting divorce, the mother of a young boy, with the assistance of her new husband, kidnapped her son from her ex-husband's house at gunpoint. They intend to flee Missouri and cross the border into Mexico with the boy in a stolen vehicle. Because the mother and her husband did not have permission to take the boy from his father's home, this was considered kidnapping.
Initially, the police were able to track the kidnappers to Oklahoma by tracing their cell phone signal; however, the cell phone batteries were removed and the kidnappers vanished.
Due to a broken headlight, New Mexico police conducted a traffic stop on the kidnappers that resulted in a car chase and shots fired at the police by the kidnappers. Eventually, the kidnappers were forced to take the child by foot through the desert. They were caught with the child in Phoenix and the child was returned safely to his father.
The kidnappers now face 24 felony charges, including attempted murder and kidnapping.
While not many would go to this extreme to deprive their ex-spouse of time with a child or children, there are actions in defiance of a custody or visitation order that have consequences, which can be severe.
A few of the most common violations of custody orders are:
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