Mum ‘borrowed £30k to abduct daughter’


August 12, 2016

Source: BBC

A mother borrowed £30,000 before taking her daughter to Cambodia for more than two years, a court has heard.

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The woman, who admits child abduction, took the girl, then aged eight, from her home in Devon and out of the UK in October 2013.

Exeter Crown Court heard the girl, now aged 11, is in foster care in a location unknown to her parents.

The woman was due to be sentenced but Judge Graham Cottle said he needed more details on the “unusual case”.

The 40-year-old mother, who cannot be named, took her daughter after a family court ordered her to grant the father access, the court heard.

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She said she had “lobbied the family court nine times” from abroad to say she wanted to be involved in the child proceedings and said the court made “no attempt” to contact her by email or telephone.

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Judge Cottle said he needed more information on what efforts she had made to contact the UK authorities before he sentenced her for child abduction.

“If she disappeared with the child, that’s one thing, if she initiated contact that is another. It is quite important information,” he said.

The court heard the father had wanted more contact with his daughter, who was born when her parents relationship broke down in 2005.

But the mother was “obstructive” and had defied 23 court orders over the years.

Prosecutor Bathsheba Cassell said the mother took out £30,000 in loans six weeks before she boarded a plane to Dubai and then flew on to Vietnam and Cambodia.

She was extradited in July after two UK police officers flew to Cambodia to bring her back.

The woman has been remanded in custody until 25 August.

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Father wanted on kidnapping charge detained in Thailand


July 13, 2016

Source: http://qctimes.com

Kidnapped boy returned after East Moline Police locate him in Bangkok.

An East Moline child is now back with his mother, after being kidnapped by his father, Daniel Glaus and taken to Bangkok, Thailand.

The boy’s mother, Kalyan Thein has primary custody and Glaus had limited visitation privileges.

“Is he not coming back home? And don’t know, wonder about what’s going on,” Thein said.

Those were the questions Thein was asking after her son’s father, didn’t bring him back when he was supposed to.

“I could have [been] really sad,” Thein said. “What I [did] is I had to keep staying strong so I [kept] staying strong and [kept] fighting past and [prayed] for all the people who pray and care for my son and me,” Thein said.

After that, she called East Moline Police, and with the leadership of Lt. Darren Gault, they didn’t stop until he was found in Bangkok.

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“In my power I [couldn’t] do this stuff, but he did it really well and he bring my son back really quickly, he promised and he did it really quickly,” Thein said.

“[We] worked with some fantastic people both in the United States and law enforcement, the state department as well as international law enforcement partners, so we can’t say enough from the police department standpoint on all of the cooperation that we got to bring this to a successful resolve and return the child back to the United States and back to the mother,” Gault said.

That all made it possible for Thein to see her 6-year-old for the first time in nearly three weeks on Tuesday morning.

“The moment I [saw] him in the airport, it’s like a special moment for our life and [my son is not lost anymore] and I bring my son back,” Thein said.

“She just immediately burst into tears and he was so cute he said, mommy why are you crying, and she said, ‘Because I’m so happy,’” Debbie Miller, a friend of Thein’s who rode with her to pick her son up at the airport Tuesday morning, said.

After a 20 hour flight back to the United States and a car ride back to the Quad Cities, Thein says she is overjoyed to have her very tired son back in her arms again.

“[I’m] really, really happy and now I feel really [relieved] again, and we had a really good day all day long and we’ve been praying like before and now I know I won’t be lost again,” Thein said.

Gault says the father is in custody of the Thai Government and once he is returned to the United States, he will be taken into custody with Rock Island County.

He recommends for those wanting to protect their children proactively to sign up through the State Department to put an alert on their passport. This will keep them from being taken out of the country.

You can find more information at state.gov.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

EAST MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) – The East Moline Police Department had some international help to reunite a kidnapped child with his mother.

On June 19, 2016, the mother of a 6-year-old boy reported that his estranged father, 48-year-old Daniel R. Glaus of Moline, had not returned the child after court arranged normal child visitation.

After the child was again not returned on June 20, 2016, the East Moline Police Department Investigation Division began an investigation to attempt to contact Glaus. Investigators determined that he had left the United States on an international flight accompanied by his son.

On June 20, 2016, police issued a warrant for Glaus’ arrest.

East Moline investigators worked with multiple federal agencies and who were able to locate Glaus in Bangkok, Thailand. He was detained by the Royal Thai Police on an immigration violation on Sunday, July 10, 2016.

Glaus was awaiting deportation to the United States where he was scheduled to be transferred to U.S. law enforcement custody.

Police say the boy was turned over to the care of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. The FBI Office of Victim Assistance and the State Department American Citizen Services made arrangements to have him fly back to the United States with a consular officer. The boy arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday morning, July 12, 2016 and was reunited with his mother.

The East Moline Police Department was assisted by Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. State Department American Citizen Services, the U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security, the Embassy of the United States in Bangkok, the Royal Thai Police, the FBI Office of Victims Assistance, and the US Marshals Service.

The case is still under investigation by the East Moline Police Department. Glause was charged in Rock Island County court with kidnapping, a class 2 felony.

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United States Partners With Thailand Under Hague Abduction Convention


April 2, 2016

Source: newsroomamerica.com

On April 1, 2016, the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Convention) will enter into force between the United States and Thailand. The United States now has 74 partners under the Convention.

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The Convention is a valuable civil law mechanism for parents seeking the return of children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside their country of habitual residence by another parent or family member. Parents seeking access to children residing in treaty partner countries may also invoke the Convention. The Convention is critically important because it establishes a legal framework between partner countries to resolve parental abduction cases. The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues, which serves as the Central Authority for the United States under the Convention, welcomes our partnership with Thailand and looks forward to continuing to work with Thailand on this critical issue.

For more information about international parental child abduction, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/childabduction/en.html.

For press inquiries, please contact CAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov or (202) 485-6150.

The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.

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