Queensland mother Dorothy Lee Barnett to be extradited to US for alleged child abduction


September 4 , 2014

Source: Brisbanetimes

A mother accused of abducting her infant daughter 20 years ago will be extradited to the United States.

The federal government has ordered Dorothy Lee Barnett, 53, be surrendered to US authorities to face international parental kidnapping charges, despite an appeal from her lawyers.

Ms Barnett was arrested on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast last year and charged with kidnapping her 10-month-old daughter, Savannah Todd, in 1994 and fleeing the US.

A digitally aged photo of Dorothy Lee Barnett released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children during the search for the alleged kidnapper.

A digitally aged photo of Dorothy Lee Barnett released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children during the search for the alleged kidnapper. Photo: Supplied

In November 2013 Australian and US police found Ms Barnett and her daughter, who now goes by the name of ­Samantha Geldenhuys, living in the suburb of Mountain Creek, west of Mooloolaba.

When arrested, Ms Barnett consented to extradition but then reneged.

Her lawyers asked the federal government to prevent the extradition, but federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan ordered this week that Ms Barnett be surrendered.

Savannah Harris Todd was taken when she was 11 months old.
Savannah Harris Todd was discovered at the age of 20 living in Australia.

Savannah Harris Todd was discovered at the age of 20 living in Australia

“The minister arrived at his determination following careful consideration of the provisions of Australia’s extradition law and taking into account representations made by, and on behalf of, Ms Barnett,” a government spokeswoman said in a statement to Fairfax Media.

According to US authorities, Samantha’s American father, millionaire stockbroker Benjamin Harris Todd III, had been granted sole custody of the then-10-month-old.

It is alleged Ms Barnett left for a birthday party with her infant daughter in South Carolina and never returned.

Mr Todd has spent the last two decades searching for his daughter, making public appeals for information on her whereabouts and circulating age-progressed photos of Samantha and her mother on international missing persons websites.

Ms Barnett is alleged to have fled to Europe on a false passport, changing her name to Alexandra Canton.

In 1995, she married a man named Juan Geldenhuys in South Africa with whom she had a son.

The family moved to New Zealand, before settling in Australia in 2007.

Mr Geldenhuys returned to South Africa about five years ago and is believed to have died from bone cancer in October, just weeks before his former wife’s arrest.

Samantha attended the local high school on the Sunshine Coast and, after graduating, moved to Townsville to study nursing at James Cook University, where she found a boyfriend in an engineering student.

Ms Barnett faces more than a decade in a US prison if convicted of international parental kidnapping and passport-related offences.

She has remained in custody since her arrest last year, but has regular visits from her daughter and son.

US authorities have two months in which to escort Ms Barnett to the US, subject to any application for a review of Mr Keenan’s order.

 

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Songs help musician cope with child abduction


Source: soundernews.com

As a 20-year music veteran, Lee Ellefson’s seven previous CDs have always been connected with business. His latest compilation, Galamae, is purely personal though, the result of a difficult time in Lee’s life – the abduction of his young daughter by her mother one-and-a-half years ago.
Named after his daughter, the CD is a collection of work the Gabriola-based musician has compiled over the last two years.
“Writing [the songs] was part of me processing the emotions,” Lee said. “The processing I think was healthy.”
The record is mostly jazz instrumental, Lee’s musical focus over the years, with some Latin influences. He recorded the album at Vancouver Island University where he is a guitar instructor in the music department.


“The writing just came – that wasn’t something I had to force,” Lee said of the process. “It wasn’t something I’d ever planned to do.”
Galamae is now over two years old and Lee has not seen her, nor even a picture of her, since she was taken. He continues to fight his ex-wife in court for custody. Galamae is living in Thailand with her mother who is married to another Canadian man.
“I was a father that was totally psyched about being a father,” said Lee. “My ex removed my child from a healthy situation; there was nothing abusive or dangerous about the life she had…. Her motivations, whatever they were, were selfish.” 
A concert is scheduled for April 12, 7 p.m., at the VIU theatre (building 310) where Lee will take the opportunity to discuss fathers’ rights and the court system. Tickets are available at Gabriola Artworks, Fascinating Rhythm and at the VIU music department for $12 ($10 for students). CDs will be on sale for $10.
“I’m hoping it helps me move forward a bit.”

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