Court-appointed visitation supervisor charged in parental abduction case


August 29, 2013

Source: The Republic.com

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine woman appointed by a court to supervise a visit between a mother and children has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after the mother and kids fled the state.

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Jennifer Dore of Benton was the court-appointed visitation supervisor for Bethmarie Retamozzo. Authorities say she allowed Retamozzo to drive away with her children on Aug. 15 from Waterville.

Police say the 37-year-old Dore didn’t disclose the information to police until over five hours after Retamozzo left. Police said she placed the children at risk.

Retamozzo is being held without bail at the Kennebec County Jail on two felony counts of criminal restraint by a parent. She and the children were found Aug. 18 in South Carolina. She is expected in court Wednesday.

 

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Singapore, Albania and Ukraine sign the Hague Convention on Child Abduction treaty


February 2, 2013

Source: neurope.eu

The Hague Convention on Child Abduction, the main international treaty that covers international parental child abduction, today came into force between Australia and three additional countries: Singapore, Albania and the Ukraine.    

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As Attorney-General of Australia, Nicola Roxon stated: “Child abduction cases are incredibly complex, but the Hague Convention can play a role in helping to resolve these very difficult cases. I’m pleased that the Convention is now in force between Australia and Singapore, Albania and the Ukraine. This creates a stronger process to resolve international parental abduction cases, and will assist with access arrangements across these international borders.” And added: “The Australian Government is committed to ensuring the return of Australian children who are wrongfully removed to, or retained in, another country.”

The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a multilateral treaty, aiming to protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international boundaries by facilitating their return to the country where they normally live. The treaty also foresees that issues of residence and contact can be resolved by the courts of the child’s residence country.

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Consequently, parents whose children were abducted to Singapore, Albania and the Ukraine before  February 1, 2013 may be eligible to apply for contact with their children under the access provisions of the Hague Convention.

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Durham woman charged with kidnapping grandson in Hollis, arrested in Windsor, Connecticut


August 2, 2012

Source: naushuatelegraph

On Wednesday 8/1/12 at approximately 3:30PM the Hollis Police Department received a call regarding a possible parental kidnapping that had occurred.

Information received indicated that a 4 year old male child had been removed from the State by his mother contrary to a court order issued in the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua Family Division.

Hollis Police Patrol and Detective Division coordinated an immediate investigation in an attempt to locate the child. Over the following 8 hours, the child was tracked to a hotel in Windsor Locks Connecticut, where he was allegedly being concealed by a family member. Police officers began a dialogue with that family member in an effort to have the child returned to the State of New Hampshire and to the custody of his father, as ordered by the court. While this was ongoing, the Hollis Police Department applied for and was granted a felony arrest warrant for the family member that was concealing the child. Efforts to have the family member turn the child over to law enforcement voluntarily were unsuccessful and with the assistance of the Windsor Locks Connecticut Police, the missing child was located at a hotel in their town at approximately 11:00PM.

Arrested on a Fugitive From Justice charge in Windsor Locks, CT was Sandra Thorne, age 67, of 10 Watson Road in Durham, NH. The child is identified as Thorne’s grandson and was unarmed and in good condition when found. The child was returned to the custody of his father, John Testa. Thorne was held by the Windsor Locks Police Department in Connecticut overnight where she was due in their court this morning. Thorne faces extradition to New Hampshire to face charges of Interference with Custody, a Class B Felony.

The investigation in this case is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

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Man Charged with Allegedly Kidnapping Daughter, Assaulting Wife


August 2, 2012

Source: fox4kc

 A Missouri man has been charged with kidnapping and other charges after he allegedly took his daughter by force from his wife, authorities said on Wednesday.

Jonathan Ray Lee Parker, 26, faces parental kidnapping, domestic assault and disturbing the peace in connection to the alleged kidnapping on Wednesdy morning.

According to authorities, Parker forcibly took his daughter from her mother as the two were leaving a Gallatin dental office. Parker then allegedly hit his wife with his car as he was leaving the scene. Authorities from the Gallatin Police Department, Daviess County Sheriffs Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol searched for Parker until he was finally contacted and persuaded to surrender by Gallatin Police.

Parker is now being held in the Daviess-Dekalb County Jail in Pattonsburg, Mo. while formal charges are requested through the Daviess County Prosecutor.

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What can I do if my child is abducted?


June 30, 2012 – ABP World Group Child Recovery Services

Source: takelegaladvice.com

International child abduction is on the increase, according to family lawyers.
This fact is highlighted by the latest case to hit the newspapers – a seven year old child living abducted by her father Clark Rockefeller, during a supervised visit to him in America.
Reigh Boss, who lives in London with her mother, has not yet been found and, according to the press,  it seems that her father planned to take her, with  Reigh bundled into an accomplice’s waiting car, despite the attempts of a supervising social worker to stop him.
As family lawyers point out, marriages between couples of different nationalities have become more common over the last few decades – and international child abuction is consequently on the increase. Travel is now between countries and continents, which makes it  easier to abduct children.
Since it is usually the mother with whom young children are living, fathers are more often the abductors. (This is not correct. Red.) Mothers stands for approx.70% of all the abduction cases.
The problem has become so acute that the majority of civilised countries have signed international agreements to ensure that their courts will order the return of a snatched child to the parent from whom he or she was removed.
Sadly, there are some countries which are not signatories to these agreements.   When a child is removed to one of these, it may be difficult or even impossible to recover the child.
If you are afraid that your child might be abducted and taken abroad  by the other parent, you can alert your local police station.
If the threat of removal is ‘real’ and ‘imminent’ and you have evidence  to support your fear, police will circulate details of the possible abductor and child to all UK points of departure via the Police National Computer.
You can also write to your regional office of the UK Passport Service requesting them not to grant a passport to your child.
The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit [ICACU] is the authority responsible for  dealing with child abduction in England and Wales.
If you believe that your child is in danger of being abducted, ICACU advise that you keep the following information, or as much as is possible, ready:
On the Child:  – full name
-date and place of birth
– passport number, date and place of issue
-photographs or a physical description
– any entitlement to a passport other than a British passport
On the Person Who has Taken the Child:
– full name [including prior or maiden name and any aliases if applicable]
– date and place of birth
– passport number, date and place of issue
– photograph or a physical description
-occupation
– probable date of departure
– departure information [eg flight, train, ferry]
–  details of ties to a foreign country – eg names, addresses and telephone
– numbers of relatives, friends or business contacts.
 
Copies of Documents:
–  any agreements or court orders which relate to the child
– child’s birth certificate
– marriage certificate or divorce decree
– name and address of solicitor [if you have one]

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Conversations With America: International Parental Child Abductions


U.S. Special Advisor to the Secretary for International Children’s Susan Jacobs holds a conversation with President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Ernie Allen on International Parental Child Abductions from the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2012. The conversation was moderated by Deputy Assistant Secretary Cheryl Benton. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text

Watch the video here: Conversations With America: International Parental Child Abductions

Also Read; The Hague Convention proven useless

 

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DE BORTFØRTE BØRN SET AF 1,2 MILLIONER – Tv 2 i aften


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Seerne tog særdeles godt imod TV 2’s nye dokumentarserie “De bortførte børn”, der er støttet af Public Service Puljen.

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1.224.000 seere kiggede med, da Lars Højs dokumentarserie “De bortførte børn” havde premiere mandag aften på TV 2. Det første afsnit opnåede en share på 46 og seervurdering på 4,3.

I serien går skuespilleren Janus Nabil Bakrawi sammen med TV 2 ind i fire sager om børn, der er bortført. Mandag aften gik jagten efter den syvårige pige Diana, der blev bortført af sin far. Hun havde været væk i fem måneder, da moren Nadia Larsen fik at vide, at politiet ikke havde tid til at finde hendes datter.

Også flere politikere så med og kræver nu, at der skal sættes ekstra ind for at finde børn, der bliver bortført af en forælder til udlandet. Læs de politiske reaktioner på TV 2 Nyhederne

“De bortførte børn” er tilrettelagt af Lars Høj og Nikolaj Venge for Dokumentar Kompagniet. Serien har modtaget støtte fra Public Service Puljen.

De fire næste afsnit af “De bortførte børn” bliver sendt om mandagen kl. 20.00 på TV 2.

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DE BORTFØRTE BØRN PÅ TV 2


Kilde: Dansk Film Institutt

TV-PREMIERE. 2. januar er der premiere på dokumentarserien “De bortførte børn”, hvor skuespiller Janus Nabil Bakrawi optræder i en ny rolle. Han opsporer børn, der er blevet bortført til udlandet af en af deres forældre og efterlader den anden magtesløs tilbage. Serien er støttet af Public Service Puljen.

Lige nu er omkring 100 danske børn bortført til udlandet af deres far eller mor. Mange børn får ingen hjælp, men lever i uvished langt væk fra deres trygge tilværelse i Danmark, fjernet fra deres far eller mor og kammerater.

I dokumentarserien ”De bortførte børn” går skuespilleren Janus Nabil Bakrawi sammen med TV 2 ind i fire sager om børn, der er bortført. De efterladte forældre har bedt om hjælp, fordi de er utilfredse med myndighedernes manglende indsats for at få børnene hjem. Janus Nabil Bakrawi og tv-holdet tager over, hvor systemet har givet op og drager ud i verden for at finde børnene. De forsøger at mægle mellem forældre og løse konflikter, så barnet igen kan komme hjem. Det er blevet til fire dramatiske fortællinger, hvor vi møder forældre midt i deres livs mareridt.

Fokus på overset problem

Janus Nabil Bakrawi, kendt fra bl.a. “Taxa”, “Ørnen” og “Forbrydelsen II” indtager i serien rollen som både studievært, researcher, detektiv og mægler. Han trækker på egne barske erfaringer, da han som 7-årig blev hentet til Jordan af sin far og først vendte tilbage til Danmark fire år senere. Derfor ønsker han med serien at åbne offentlighedens øjne for det oversete problem:

“Jeg har selv været bortført som barn, men er kommet ud på den anden side. Jeg opsøger både forældre og børn og kan sætte mig ind i en sag fra flere sider. Jeg forsøger også at få politikere i tale, for det er et voksende problem. Jeg synes, det er vigtigt, at danskerne bliver oplyst om problematikken, og at politikerne tager stilling,” siger Bakrawi.

Dokumentaristen Lars Høj, som tidligere har været ophavsmand til TV 2-dokumentarer som “Er du mors lille dreng?” og opfølgeren “Er du stadig mors lille dreng?” har tilrettelagt serien sammen med Nikolaj Venge for Dokumentar Kompagniet. Serien har modtaget 3,8 mio. kr. fra Public Service Puljen.

“De bortførte børn” har premiere på TV 2 mandag 2. januar 2012 kl. 20.00 —

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Barnebortføring kan være straffbart


Kilde: Justisdepartementet

Barnebortføring er regulert i straffeloven § 216. Det er straffbart for en samværsforelder å bortføre et barn fra den barnet bor fast hos.

Det er også straffbart for foreldre å bortføre et barn fra barnevernet eller fosterforeldrene etter vedtak om omsorgsovertakelse.

Les mer om dette underBortføring fra barnevernet. Vedtak om omsorgsovertakelse trenger ikke være iverksatt, det er tilstrekkelig at vedtak er fattet.  At bostedsforelderen bortfører barnet er imidlertid ikke en straffbar handling. Dersom foreldrene bor sammen når bortføringen skjer, eller foreldrene har avtalt delt bosted, er bortføringen heller ikke straffbar.

Dersom en samværsforelder bortfører et barn kan han/hun straffes med fengsel i inntil 3 år. Etterforskning forutsetter at den gjenværende forelder anmelder bortfører til politiet. Politiet etterforsker og påtaler ikke slike saker på eget initiativ. Dersom det foreligger en straffbar barnebortføring og handlingen er anmeldt, vil påtalemyndigheten kunne etterlyse vedkommende gjennom politikanalene og be om at vedkommende pågripes og utleveres til Norge. Selv om handlingen ikke er straffbar vil politiet kunne etterlyse barnet og bortføreren for lokalisering.

Ny straffelov

I den nye straffeloven, som er forventet å tre i kraft i 2013, er straffen for grov omsorgsunndragelse skjerpet til seks år. En internasjonal barnebortføring vil i de fleste tilfeller ses på som en grov omsorgsunndragelse. I forbindelse med ikrafttredelse av den nye straffeloven blir det også vurdert om straffebestemmelsen skal endres ytterligere.

Forholdet mellom sivil- og strafferett

Det følger av barneloven § 40 at dersom foreldre har foreldreansvar sammen, kan en forelder ikke flytte barnet ut av landet uten samtykke fra den andre forelderen. Å flytte med barnet uten samtykke fra den andre forelderen med foreldreansvar vil følgelig være ulovlig i henhold til barneloven uavhengig av om forelderen som har flyttet er samværsforelder eller bostedsforelder. At en handling er ulovlig etter barneloven må derfor ikke forveksles med en straffbar handling etter straffeloven.

Haag-konvensjonen gjelder bare for barn som er under 16 år, mens straffebestemmelsen gjelder frem til barnet har fylt 18 år. En barnebortføring kan derfor være straffbar selv om den ikke kan forfølges sivilrettslig.

Anmeldelse av bortfører

Hvorvidt man ønsker å anmelde bortføreren bør vurderes nøye. En straffesak vil kunne gjøre det enda vanskeligere for foreldrene å komme til enighet om samværsordninger og omsorg i etterkant av en barnebortføring.


For enkelte foreldre vil en anmeldelse tydeliggjøre hva de har gjort, slik at de returnerer barnet frivillig. For andre vil det forsterke tillitsbruddet mellom foreldrene og tilspisse konflikten ytterligere.

Les også: The same procedure as last year, Miss Sophie?   Av- Bortført.no

Skoleplikt

Det er straffbart å holde et barn som er i skolealder borte fra skolen. I følge opplæringsloven har barn og unge både en plikt og rett til grunnskoleopplæring. Dersom en elev er fraværende fra den pliktige skolegangen kan foreldre eller andre som har omsorgen for eleven straffes med bøter. Les mer om dette i opplæringsloven.

For nærmere informasjon om politi og anmeldelse, se www.politi.no.

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Jenter strømmer til selvforsvarskurs i Oslo etter den siste tids økning av overfallsvoldtekter


Kilde: VG

Oslos mange kampsportsklubber merker stor pågang etter hendelsene i hovedstaden den siste tiden.

Mandag skrev VG Nett om at flere butikker var utsolgt for forsvarssprayer og overfallsalarmer på grunn av voldtektsbølgen som slår innover Oslo.

VGTV:Se innslaget fra kampsportsenteret her

Hendelsene har også fått langt flere enn normalt til å søke hjelp og trening i byens mange kampsportsklubber.

VGTV:Lær selvforsvarsteknikker her!

Krav Maga Academy annonserte via Facebook at de ville arrangere et gratis selvforsvarskurs for jenter denne måneden. På kun få dager var kapasiteten sprengt, og i skrivende stund har nesten 1000 jenter meldt sin interesse.

Da VG Nett besøker klubben er treninge godt i gang, og flere titalls jenter og gutter hamrer løs på hverandre.

– Vi har opplevd en veldig økende interesse i høst. Det er vel 15 ganger så mange nå enn sist vi arrangerte et tilsvarende selvforsvarskurs, sier sjefinstruktør Ole Boe til VG Nett.

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