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Woman arrested for 2001 kidnapping

A Missouri woman is facing charges for several felonies after she was arrested for allegedly abducting her grandson in 2001. The woman, now 60, is said to have taken the child from his home in Florida almost 13 years ago. She is accused of child abduction in connection with the case. The child has been sent to live with his father, who now resides in Alabama.

Authorities say the woman and her grandson moved throughout the state of Missouri for several years, as she took a variety of jobs at residential care facilities. The woman was arrested after a school administrator reported an unusual custody situation that did not seem to fit the family's story. The school official said the young man had several gaps in his educational history after having lived in several locations throughout the region. That woman contacted authorities several weeks after the boy began to attend classes in her small Missouri town.

News reports state that the boy's father is thrilled that his child is finally home. The father told authorities that his mother had parked a moving truck outside their house around Christmas in 2000. When he asked her about the truck, she said that she had purchased some new furniture and needed to move it. When the father came home, he found that the woman had cleaned out the home and taken his son. Unofficial documents showed that the pair had been in Missouri as early as 2002, but private investigators were unable to track them down until the school official blew the whistle.

The woman is facing charges for child abduction, but it is possible that she did not make off with the boy with malicious intent. Instead, it appears that she took good care of the child. This could be as simple as a misguided child custody dispute. Regardless of the alleged crimes, the woman deserves a fair trial and other unbiased legal proceedings in relation to her alleged criminal activity.

Source:, "Missouri woman accused of abducting Florida boy in 2001" No author given, Sep. 25, 2013

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