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Is there an active New Mexico Amber Alert out for these missing children? They are not on the New Mexico Amber Alert site or at the NCMEC.

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El Paso Times

An alert has been issued for three runaways considered endangered persons last seen today at a gas station in Las Cruces.

Sisters 14-year-old Mercedes Lara Dickson, 13-year-old Stacey Lara Dickson, and 7-year-old Elizabeth Lara Dickson ran away at about 8 a.m. today from their adoptive parents’ home in the community of Cuchillo near Truth or Consequences, Sierra County sheriff’s spokesman Brad Spencer said

To view pictures of the three girls go to the La Cruces Sun-News

Update: The three missing girls are listed the New Mexico DPS under the category  NMSP News & Headlines  so contrary to the El Paso Times article maybe an Amber Alert was not issued. There are no active alerts displayed if you click on the Amber Alert link. You might logically conclude an Amber Alert would be placed on an Amber Alert page but apparently that isn’t the case.

 Endangered Persons Advisory   

Update 08-02-07 According to this ABC News story the girls left a note claiming they were abused. Is it possible they are running from one perceived bad situation to another?

The three girls have lived with the Dicksons since Aug. 11, 2006, when Donna Dickson says, the girls were taken from their biological mother after police received a domestic violence call.

Update: 

ALBUQUERQUE (AP – Aug. 2, 2007) – New Mexico state police say three sisters who went missing earlier this week have been found safe in El Paso, Texas.

State police Lt. Rick Anglada says the girls were heading toward the Mexican border

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Why when a father (who is a U.S. citizen) abducts a child in Canada and takes them across the border to North Carolina only charged with “child abduction”  but when a mother (who is a U.S. citizen) takes her birth children from North Carolina to Canada she is charged with “International Parental Kidnapping”? Is the difference really only due to an an on-going adoption battle or the direction traveled?

That is what appears to have happened in the cases of Billy Ray Whisnant and Allison Quets. Arrested in April he was sentenced on June 14th yet Ms. Quets who was arrested and returned to the U.S. in January remains in jail awaiting trial.

When Billy Ray pleaded guilty to “child abduction” charges, Judge Anne Dugas-Horsman told Whisnant he faces “a very serious charge.” Whisnant was charged after the girl was taken from a home in Salisbury.

Initial unofficial reports from Canada are he is being returned to North Carolina. The judge gave him a 2 year supended sentence with probation and he is to have no contact with the child’s mother.

At the time he was arrested the Hickory Daily Record conducted a check for prior criminal acts.

An N.C. Department of Corrections reveals a history of convictions for Whisnant, including assault on a female, larceny, felony breaking and entering to vehicles and resisting an officer.

Why is a non-violent mother with no criminal history indicted on “International Parental Kidnapping” charges kept in jail while a violent, convicted felon is charged with “child abduction” and virtually slapped on the wrist; you decide. Whether he faces any charges in North Carolina is not immediately known.

Why there is no media interest in his case is equally puzzling.

News 91.9 Moncton reporting the sentence handed down was 2 years and a day suspended 

 Related Post: Canadian or Carolina justice?

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Earlier this year Allison Quets was returned to the U.S. from Canada after allegedly abducting her birth twins. She remains in jail awaiting trial. So what happens when someone abducts their child in Canada and heads to North Carolina?

The Charlotte Observer reported this story yesterday. It will be interesting to see if he too will be charged with International Kidnapping and be denied bail. He has been able to allude authorities since April 23rd.

A 36-year-old Claremont man has been charged by U.S. and Canadian officials with the abduction of his 4-month-old daughter, who like her mother is a Canadian citizen, the U.S. Marshals Service announced today.

Billy Ray Whisnant Jr. surrendered to marshals in Charlotte this morning and is being held pending an extradition hearing, said Steve Gladden, spokesman for the Marshals Service Charlotte office.

The Hickory Daily Record conducted a check for prior criminal acts.

An N.C. Department of Corrections reveals a history of convictions for Whisnant, including assault on a female, larceny, felony breaking and entering to vehicles and resisting an officer.

 A detention hearing for Whisnant is set for Friday in U.S. District Court in Charlotte.

If  the U.S. District Court remains consistent, you wouldn’t think he should be expected to be out anytime soon. His story has yet to be covered as extensively as that of Ms. Quets as a quick Google search on his name “Billy Ray Whisnant Jr.” produces 2 results while “allison quets” will return 932 at last count.

In her decision to keep Allison Quets incarcerated for “abducting” her twins, the judge earlier this year made this statement concerning her decision to refuse bond.

“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.

Update 05-22-07: According to this Google Translated page from CapAcadie  Billy Ray should be in Canada. The only mystery now is why the media is ignoring his story in North Carolina.

Police officers of the GRC will go to North Carolina tomorrow (Sunday). They will return in company of Billy Ray Whisnant, who is extradited in Canada within the framework of an investigation relating to a removal of child.

The members of the GRC will be back to the International airport of Large Moncton Monday afternoon, in company of Mr. Whisnant.

Billy Ray Whisnant will appear before provincial Court with Moncton on Friday June 22, at 9 a.m

News 91.9 Moncton  confirms the sentence handed down was 2 years and a day suspended.

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North Carolina residents are having a difficult time confronting the issue of sex offenders and the “Jessica Lunsford Act“. Here is something else for them to think about.

In her decision to keep Allison Quets incarcerated for “abducting” her twins, the judge earlier this year made this statement concerning her decision to refuse bond.

“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.

Why does she remain in jail while others with more serious charges are free? In the case of Allison Quets, U.S. District Court Judge Louise Flanagan ruled she will remain in custody in North Carolina, charged with international parental kidnapping.

The citizens of North Carolina may want to beware. In neighboring Tennessee, a mother convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter yesterday has been and will remain free on bond until her upcoming May sentencing. Mary Winkler was accused of shooting her husband in the back while he slept in March 2006. She then fled the state with her children. It is possible she could spend less time in prison for her crime then Allison Quets will simply awaiting trial.

SELMER, TN — The jury returned with a verdict in the Mary Winkler trial. She has been found guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter…

Under U.S. law, Voluntary Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, but in Tennessee, the law is only three to six years. There is also a chance of parole after serving 30% of the sentence.

“I feel the verdict was just,” says Steve Farese, Winkler’s attorney.

An often used defense, it is easier to empathize with an alleged abused wife then to understand the actions of a mother suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) which we don’t.

You can take part in a research study at “The Depravity Scale” designed to provide standards for Judges and juries both across the United States and in other countries. It will decide that a crime is “depraved,” “heinous,” or “horrible” so they can assign more severe sentences.

Note: Acts of Murder qualify …. “International” Child Abduction does not.

Related Post: Murder and motherhood (continued)

Update 06-08-07

Mary Winkler was sentenced to 3 years but will be confined for 210 days after being found guilty of shooting her Church of Christ preacher husband, Matthew in the back while he slept.

The sentence includes credit for the five months she’s been in jail since her husband’s death, plus the possibility of up to 60 days in mental health treatment. The rest of the term will be served on supervised probation.

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The World’s Fair was hosted in 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee. A quarter of a century later, the State is once again drawing the world’s attention but this time for an 8-year-old Chinese girl.

In response to the post “Adoption or Foster care or Abduction” claiming to be the parents of Anna Mae He, they sent an e-mail providing these links below to present their side of the custody battle for her.

She has spent almost her entire life has in the care of a foster family but that may soon change as the Tennessee Supreme Court has ordered her returned to her biological parents

This story is about a child’s custody between her biological parents and a non-related foster couple. For more details, click ABC video:

(on the right titled “Custody Battle Gets Desperate”)

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iDiva weblog           (see “Comments” at the lower right)

Update 02-09-08 Last night ABC 20/20 ran an update to her story.

 

For the Love of Anna Mae

Two Families Come Together After Custody Battle, Only to Be Torn Apart

Nine-year-old Anna Mae He was born in the United States, but her birth parents plan to return with her to China — maybe for good — on Feb. 9.

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Allison Quets has been charged in a two count indictment with international parental kidnapping. You would think hers was the only international abduction case based on the publicity generated by mainstream media outlets.

Almost a year ago, Robert Skelton’s child went missing. The child’s mother, Karin Lynne Kvistad, allegedly decided she needed to relocate to Europe from Daytona Beach, Fl. according to the Daytona Beach news-journal online. 

Four days after Kvistad took Marissa Joy from Florida, a judge gave Skelton sole temporary custody of the toddler. There is now a warrant for Kvistad’s arrest on a charge of interfering with custody.

Skelton’s case is one of about 1,800 international abductions reported each year to the Virginia-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said Yiota Souras, a legal projects manager with the organization’s International Missing Children’s Division.

This PDF from “The Criminal Justice System’s Response to Parental Abduction” discusses at length the issue of Parental Abductions. The study does not specifically address the issue of cases involving adoption. Ironically where Allison Quets was apprehended within a few days, that is typically not the case. The study also indicates a low numbers of cases are handled by the criminal justice system citing a variety of factors.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act of 1980 (28 U.S.C. § 1738A) authorizes the FBI to investigate cases in which children have been abducted by parents or their agents across State lines or out of the country. The vast majority of cases (73.1 percent) reviewed by Hatcher, Barton, and Brooks (1993) revealed no assistance from the FBI.

His suggested remedy is to file a Hauge application to seek his child’s return.

The one catch to the Hague application is that the parent must pinpoint exactly where the child is in the foreign country, Skelton said.Skelton is racing against the clock to fill out his Hague application. The paperwork must be filed within a year of the abduction. After a year, a judge abroad could use his or her discretion to decide the abducted child has “resettled” in the foreign country, and refuse to return the child to the U.S., the State Department says.

From a San Antonio KSAT12 news report 03-01-07:

A 13-month-old Georgia boy was reunited with his mother in Mexico City Thursday night after Mexican authorities acting on a tip from U.S. marshals took his father into custody, authorities said.

The Mexico City field office of the U.S. Marshals Service has asked the Instituto Nacional de Migracion to review Will Brown’s immigration status. If he has violated Mexican immigration laws, he will be expelled and returned to face charges in Georgia.

Update: When you first click on the website Help Get Marissa Back the site stated Karin Kvistad had spotted at a bar in Spain. An additional click stated via a pop-up window that she had been arrested in Switzerland.

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Most of us when discussing travel from the United States would probably not think of Canada or Mexico as International destinations. In fact, when is the last time a child was taken to Mexico and returned have you seen International Kidnapping charges filed against the non-custodial parent? In the case of Allison Quets, it apparently makes a significant difference.

CONTACT: 919/856-4530

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

RALEIGH – United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that a federal grand jury has returned a true bill of indictment against ALLISON LEE QUETS, age 49. QUETS has been charged in a two count indictment with international parental kidnapping, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1204.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John S. Bowler is prosecuting the case for the United States.

An Indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilty. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A trial date has not yet been set.

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News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release

A link to the Indictment can be found here

Update 04-07-07: Allison Quets story on Dr. Phil

Note: The Dr. Phil show, following in the footsteps of Nancy Grace, has bumped Allison Quets story until April 12th in favor of more coverage of the never ending saga of Anna Nicole Smith.

Anna Nicole Smith’s estranged sister, Donna Hogan, has written an unauthorized book. She hasn’t spoken to her sister in years, so is she really trying to set the record straight or is she just tarnishing Anna’s memory?

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