Archive for May 14th, 2007

How opposite can two stories of parental kidnapping be? 

A mother, Allison Quets, accused of kidnapping her children in an adoption dispute is somehow more sinister then a father who abducts his children in a custody dispute. Is that really why U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan believes she deserves to remain in custody pending her trial. 

“I don’t feel there’s anything I could do to fashion a set of conditions that she wouldn’t act against those impulses,” Judge Flanagan said.

While she remains in jail, a Washington State Judge Donald W. Schacht is contemplating whether John Baugher  should be released with a monitoring device. He is accused of abducting his children in March and heading cross country to Connecticut. Their abduction sparked an Amber Alert and a massive manhunt as he was believed to be mentally unstable.

According to the Union Bulletin.

Schacht said he first wants to examine material including a video interview that two FBI special agents conducted with Baugher on the day of his arrest. Also, Schacht said he needs to be assured that Baugher has a permanent residence, that he’s financially capable of paying the $10-$12-a-day cost for electronic home monitoring, and that his children would not be at risk.

Concerns for the safety of 4-year-old Remi and 2-year-old Lars sparked an Amber Alert leading to Baugher’s arrest. He allegedly didn’t return the children to their mother and his ex-wife, Joelle Remillard, as required the afternoon of March 25 after a weekend visitation authorized by Zagelow.

Update 05-31-07 His trial has been postponed to allow for more time to prepare so he will remain on “house” arrest.

Meanwhile the status of Billy Ray Whisnant accused of abducted his children from Canada and taking them to North Carolina remains a well kept secret.

Update: News 91.9 Moncton reported the sentence handed down was 2 years and a day suspended 

Update 09-10-07:    John Baugher was sentenced and released on two years probation.

John Baugher, who plead guilty last week to custodial interference in the second degree and violation of a protection order, was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

He was given credit for having already served 167 days. The remaining thirteen were suspended

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The alleged abduction of Madeleine McCann is garnering worldwide attention. Earlier this year the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) held a conference in France. The keynote speaker was Ernie Allen, the President and CEO of both organizations. The goal was to brief queens and first ladies from eight nations on the issue of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children.

“In a civilized society, if our children are not safe, then nothing else matters,” stated Allen.  “These are among the most powerful, influential and respected women in the world.  I am confident that their message today will mobilize many nations to take swift action to eradicate these insidious acts against children.”

What has been accomplished since the conference hasn’t been the topic of much discussion in the U.S. press. Whether it was in Europe I don’t know the answer. If the attention given to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann doesn’t bring the issue to the forefront, it is doubtful any additional conferences will.


Madame Chirac Makes Historic Appeal to End Global Child Exploitation

Alexandria, VA and Paris, France – January 17, 2007 –Ernie Allen, the President and CEO of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), based in Alexandria, Virginia, today briefed queens and first ladies from eight nations on the issue of missing, abducted and sexually exploited children.  The meeting was hosted by First Lady of the Republic of France, Bernadette Chirac, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, and was attended by Laura Bush, the First Lady of the United States; Queen Silvia of Sweden; Queen Paola of Belgium; Lyudmila Putin, the First Lady of Russia; Suzanne Mubarak, the First Lady of Egypt; Jolanta Kwasniewska, the former First Lady of Poland; Margarida Sousa Uva Barroso, the wife of the President of the European Commission and former First Lady of Portugal; and Valentina Matvienko, the former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and current Governor of St. Petersburg.  Allen’s briefing took place during a meeting of the organization’s Honorary Board of Directors.

Read the entire Press Release here

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