Dad of missing 5-year-old believes ex-wife, son headed west


April 15, 2013

Source: wtop.com

Cameron Serafin is missing. (Courtesy of Fairfax County Police)

UPDATE: Sunday- 4/14/2013, 12:10pm ET

WASHINGTON – The father of a missing 5-year-old boy tells WTOP he believes his ex- wife may be heading to the west coast with their son.

Joe Serafin says he thinks Rebecca Serafin and Cameron may be heading west, but is not aware that she has any friends or family in that part of the country.

Fairfax County police say Rebecca Serafin is now being charged with felony parental abduction, because police believe she’s taken Cameron out of Virginia where she and Joe Serafin share custody.

Police sources tell WTOP, they’vee tracked Rebecca Serafin and Cameron from BWI Airport to Birmingham, Ala., but it’s not known where they are at this point.

EARLIER: Thursday – 4/11/2013, 6:59pm ET

WASHINGTON – A 5-year-old boy is missing, and the boy’s father and Fairfax County police are asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Cameron Serafin is believed to be with his mom, Rebecca Serafin. Fairfax County police in the Reston district say they are concerned about his welfare.

The missing boy’s father, Joe Serafin, spoke to WTOP Thursday afternoon. He is very scared about his son.

“I’m worried about him, I don’t know where he is, I don’t know what’s happening to him,” Serafin says.

The child was supposed to have been returned to his dad on Sunday.

According to police, Rebecca Serafin altered her appearance and Cameron’s appearance in an “apparent attempt to avoid being located.”

Serafin says his ex-wife, Rebecca has a history of mental illness and substance abuse, which includes prescription drugs and heroin.

He says she disappeared with their son once before in 2011. The couple shares custody of Cameron.

Police tell WTOP that Rebecca Serafin also goes by the name Rebecca Love and Cameron also answers to Cameron Love.

He is 3-foot-5 and weighs about 40 pounds.

 

This photo shows what Rebecca and Cameron Serafin apparently now look like. (Courtesy of Fairfax County Police)

An arrest warrant has been issued for Rebecca Serafin, 32, charging her with a misdemeanor of custodial interference.

She is 5-foot-4 and weighs between 120 and 130 pounds.

Rebecca lives at home with her parents in the Great Falls Area, Serafin says. He says she packed some bags and told her parents she was going on a weekend retreat to a friend’s lake house. But, he says, there were an awful lot of bags packed.

Serafin says he knew immediately when they didn’t return that something was wrong. He says she wouldn’t answer any telephone calls or texts.

That’s when he called Fairfax County Police.

He has a message for Rebecca: “Please, just get Cameron home safely. Nothing else matters.”

He pleads with anyone with information to also help: “Please, help bring my son back.”

Information can be emailed to Crime Solvers. Police say people with information may text “TIP187” plus their message to CRIMES/274637 or call police at 703-691-2131.

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Dad takes kids in Fairfax, flees to Tunisia


Source: Washington Examiner

By: Emily Babay | 12/20/11 8:05 PM
Examiner Staff Writer | Follow Her: @Emilybabay
Photo courtesy of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN
Zainab Chebbi

Authorities are trying to recover two young Fairfax County children who were allegedly kidnapped by their father and taken to Tunisia.

Two-year-old Zainab Chebbi and 5-year-old Eslam Chebbi have been missing since Nov. 11, when prosecutors say their father, 39-year-old Faical Chebbi, flew with them to Tunisia.

Faical Chebbi called the children’s mother — his ex-wife — the next day and told her he and the children would not be returning, according to court records. Chebbi was charged in federal court in Alexandria with international parental kidnapping.

Chebbi and Edeanna Johnson-Chebbi divorced in January, nearly a year after she obtained a protective order because he threatened to kill her, according to court documents. Johnson-Chebbi had sole custody of Zainab and Eslam; Chebbi absconded with the children after picking them up from their grandparents’ house in Prince George’s County for a scheduled visit, according to the court documents.

“At first, I was sort of in an action mode,” said Johnson-Chebbi, who has created a Facebook pageand online petitions about the case. She said coping has gotten harder over the past month, but she is still optimistic her children will be returned.

“What else are you going to do?” she told The Washington Examiner. “I won’t allow myself to imagine that this will pass. They will be home. I just don’t know how or when.”

But Johnson-Chebbi faces an uphill battle. There are no treaties or agreements between the United States and Tunisia regarding parental abduction cases. The countries also don’t have an extradition treaty. And her ex-husband’s “arrogance” means the filing of criminal charges is unlikely to change his mindset, Johnson-Chebbi said.

She said the family’s court documents were on file with the Tunisian Embassy and the children shouldn’t have been able to obtain passports.

No attorney was listed for Chebbi in court records. The embassy didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Anyone with information can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST (843-5678).

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