Parental Abduction – FBI’s Most Wanted For Parental Kidnappings

June 21, 2013

Source: FBI

Parental kidnapping or parental abduction is defined as the concealment, taking, or retention of a child by his parent in violation of the rights of the child’s other parent or another family member. Violated rights may include, for example, custody and visitation rights. Sadly, thousands of children are abducted by a parent and removed from the United States annually. Even more children are kidnapped by a parent within the confines of U.S. borders. Parental kidnapping also happens when a child is abducted from a custodial parent abroad and transported into the United States by the non-custodial parent illegally.

More Than Just a Custody Dispute

Make no mistake – parental kidnapping is illegal. Parental kidnapping is far more than a dispute regarding custody matters between divorcing parents. Such matters are relegated to the civil courts; however, parental kidnapping is a criminal act. In fact, parental kidnapping violates the laws of all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands, plus U.S. federal laws and international laws. It is dangerous and can be deadly.


Parentally-abducted children live a life on the run as if fugitives. It is not uncommon to see a child receive a new name, nickname, haircut, dyed hair, glasses, or otherwise altered appearance. Children may be coached not to reveal their true names, birth dates, home states and addresses, and other identifying information. They may move often to avoid detection and recovery. School performance and social relationships suffer materially (that is, if the child is permitted to attend school). Even medical treatment may suffer because of requirements for identifying information involved in the registration for care and insurance claims processing.

Traumatic for Children

Parentally-abducted children are traumatized emotionally and psychologically, especially if they are brainwashed by the abducting parent to believe that the other parent no longer loves them or has died. Abducted children are truly innocent victims of their parents’ decisions and actions. Their relationships with other family members, perhaps even siblings and grandparents, are terminated, and their sense of family, belonging, and identity is compromised, if not lost entirely in the process.

What typically starts as a custody dispute balloons into a much larger tragedy with long-term and widespread impacts. Perhaps most tragic are the higher risk factors that abducted children face for severe psychological conditions such as reactive attachment disordergeneralized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder in both the short and long terms.

Parental abduction may seem a last resort and only remaining alternative to a parent fearful of an abusive situation involving the other parent, an international move instigated by the other parent, or even an unfavorable custody dispute playing out in the courts. Ultimately, working within the family court system to resolve custody matters within the confines of the law is preferable for preserving the well-being of all involved.

Parents Wanted for Parental Kidnappings


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PARENTAL ABDUCTOR OFF THE HOOK: Feds drop charges against Long Island kidnap fugitive

January 22, 2013

Source: Daily news

Yvette Torres, who spent 12 years as one of the FBI’s most wanted parental kidnapping fugitives, has been given a pass.


Yvette Torres was arrested in September at Kennedy Airport by FBI agents after she agreed to return from Spain with her now-14-year-old daughter, Sabrena.

The feds have given a free pass to a woman who was once one of the FBI’s most wanted parental kidnapping fugitives, the Daily News has learned.

Prosecutors have dismissed criminal charges against Yvette Torres, whose smiling face was a fixture for 12 years on the FBI’s website.

The author Alice Sebold even used a photo of Torres’ daughter Sabrena and other missing children to illustrate a special edition of her haunting novel “The Lovely Bones,” about a young girl who is kidnapped and murdered.

Torres, 49, was arrested in September at Kennedy Airport by FBI agents after she agreed to return from Spain with her now-14-year-old daughter. She was released on $75,000 bail and faced three years in prison.


The FBI issued this Yvette Torres wanted poster.

The child was turned over to her biological father, Davis Beck of Long Island — who had shared custody of the girl when Torres fled in 2000.

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office said the decision to drop the charges was made in consultation with “all the parties.”

“In the interest of the child, this was the best course of action to take,” said spokesman Robert Nardoza.

A source familiar with the case said Torres’ voluntary surrender was a consideration in deciding the outcome of the case, but insisted she was offered no promises by authorities in advance of her arrest.

Torres suffers from bipolar disorder and other physical ailments, said another source.

“She’s a mess, which is one of the reasons she came back,” the source said.

Torres did not return a call seeking comment.


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