July 13, 2016
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.
“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.
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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