Archive for the ‘Parental Abductions’ Category

An AMBER Alert has been issued for a missing 2-year-old Sanford girl, Hailey Traynham. She was taken by her father yesterday morning in Sanford after what investigators call a violent assault of the girl’s mother. Authorities are looking for Gary Traynham, 38, and his two year old daughter Hailey.

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Authorities say the two may be in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire this afternoon. Traynham is driving a 1998 green Dodge 1500 pickup truck with Maine registration 8629 NB. He is described as 5’11”, 230 pounds with balding brown hair, hazel eyes and a dark goatee. The girl has shoulder length blond hair, blue eyes and weighs between 35 and 50 pounds.

Anyone who has seen Traynham or has information on his whereabouts should call Sanford Police at 207-324-3644 or dial 911 on a cell phone.

Update 11-10-09:

MILTON, N.H. — A 2-year-old girl — whose father, police said, took from her mother’s home in Maine on Monday — was reunited safely with family Tuesday thanks, in part, to a hunter’s discovery.


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AN AMBER Alert has been activated in Williamsport, PA for A’dryn Allen Drummond

The 1 1/2 year-old child was taken by his 27 year-old father, Johnnie Alexander Drummond. His father is a convicted drug offender who escaped from a Berks County halfway house in August. He is considered armed and dangerous. They are in a black Mercury Mariner, PA tag FPM3019, heading eastbound on SR 973 in Hepburn Township, Lycoming County.

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He allegedly assaulted his girlfriend prior to fleeing with A’dryn.

If you have information, please contact Williamsport Police Department, 911

Update: The AMBER Alert has been canceled

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Brazilian National Human Rights Secretariat head Paulo Vannuchi says the court shouldn’t give absolute custody to either party. He told a Brazilian congressional hearing Wednesday of last week, the boy should stay in Brazil but the U.S. father should have liberal visitation rights according to this report.

Last month the U.S. Senate called for Brazil to return Sean to his dad in NJ.  They were strong words but backed with little action.

The U.S. Embassy posted this statement on their website. 


Brazil and the United States have an international agreement about how to handle wrongful retention and wrongful abduction of children from their original countries of residence: The Hague Convention of 1980. Both countries are obliged to make sure that this treaty is enforced.

The U.S. Embassy notes that a case centering on this question is currently before the 16th Federal Court in Rio and we are respectfully awaiting the decision of that court. Brazil has an independent and professional judiciary. This is not a question that should be decided in the press or the court of public opinion.

The wrongful removal and wrongful retention of children from their homes, and the forced separation of parent and child is unnecessary and cruel. The United States has facilitated the return of seven children to Brazil since The Hague treaty entered into force between our two countries. We call on the office of the Secretary of Human Rights to support the return of all children wrongfully removed and wrongfully retained.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Offers Statement on Goldman Child Custody Case

CHICAGO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ — The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an organization comprised of the nation’s top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys, has released a statement on the Goldman international child custody case and the need for the country of Brazil to return the boy to his father in the United States:

“Because the rights and best interests of a child must always take precedence, the AAML believes that Brazil should do everything within its power to return Sean Goldman and uphold the previously agreed to tenets of The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction,” said Gary Nickelson, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “As one of the signatory countries to Hague, the Brazilian government should never look the other way while a parent takes a child and violates valid court orders and the provisions of this international agreement.”

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Fighting for Sean

Homologation and Brazilian Child Custody Law

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Most people by now are familiar with the cases of Sean Goldman and Sean Hillman. David Goldman is fighting Brazilian courts for the return of his son. Carl Hillman is seeking help to have his son returned from Japan after his wife Mayumi Ogawa fled with their son after a bitter custody battle.

A case you may not be familiar with is the abductions of two Brunswick, Ga. children by their mother. Following allegations of child abuse by her against the father, which were deemed unfounded, she fled to Laredo, Tx. Surprisingly, even though she was on the run, she requested school records for the children from there. You would think that would be the end of her story but authorities chose not to take her into custody after questioning her nor to return the children to their father instead ignoring the outstanding federal arrest warrant charging her with unlawful flight. She is now believed to be in Monterrey, Mexico.

BRUNSWICK – FBI agents believe a fugitive Brunswick woman who failed to return her two young children to their father after a visit has taken them to into hiding in Mexico.

Maria De La Luz Lara, 34, faces federal charges of international parental kidnapping and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Glynn County police also have charged Lara with felony interference with child custody, court documents showed.

Also known as Rosaura Rosed, she fled the country after abducting her 11-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Garcia, and 10-year-old son, Abel Garcia Jr., FBI Special Agent Tony Alig told the Times-Union on Friday.

Why aren’t they listed at the NCMEC as abducted children? Why did Texas authorities decline to arrest her? Will there be a federal investigation concerning that decision?

These are some other missing “children” from Brunswick and nearby Savannah:

Michael Anthony Bennett
Missing Since: 6/21/89
Age Now: 33
Missing from: Brunswick, Ga

Monica Renita Bennett
Missing Since: 6/21/89
Age Now: 35
Missing from: Brunswick, Ga

Jamaree Clarence Coleman
Missing Since: 7/24/93
Age Now: 15
Missing from: Brunswick, Ga

Justin Justo Vidal Garcia
Missing Since: 1/21/04
Age Now: 6
Missing from: Savannah, Ga

Samantha Michelle Garcia
Missing Since: 1/21/04
Age Now: 7
Missing from:Savannah, Ga

Related International Parental Abduction Posts:

Seeking Seattle Sean
Fighting for Sean
Case Type: Hague Case

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Family Asks For Help To Find Missing Girl

Brooke Hanna’s father says he expected her back home from a spring break trip to Florida on Sunday evening — she never returned — she’s not answering her phone and now he believes the girl’s mother may have taken her on the run.


Brooke Hanna was allegedly abducted by her mother, Donna Hanna. A US Marshal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant was issued for Donna. They may be traveling in a cream colored 2005 Chrysler 300 with Arkansas license plates 215MEC. Brooke’s navel is pierced. Donna may dye her hair blonde.

Mother facing arrest in Hanna custody dispute


Donna Wilson Hanna, 46, is accused of failing to return her 15-year-old daughter, Brooke, on Sunday after they spent spring break together in Florida. An arrest warrant signed Tuesday set her bond at $25,000.

Brooke’s father, Burt Hanna, is president of Fayetteville’s Hanna’s Candle Co., one of the largest privately held candle manufacturers in the country. The company was founded in 1987 and operates a 660,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on Armstrong Avenue that employs about 150 people.

Burt Hanna was awarded custody of their daughter on Aug. 15 after a bitter divorce and custody battle. Donna Hanna filed an emergency motion for custody on Monday with an affidavit from a Florida counselor alleging that Burt Hanna has acted inappropriately with his teenage daughter. Burt Hanna said the allegations are bogus.


He said he’s afraid his daughter and ex-wife will flee the country. He’s trying to get the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI to pick his ex-wife up on federal charges of fleeing from prosecution if she tries to leave the country.


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Update 04-16-09: Car carrying millionaire mother, missing Brooke Hanna found in Oklahoma

BONITA SPRINGS — A Bonita Springs woman being sought by U.S. Marshals for breaking a custody agreement may have caught a flight from Oklahoma with her daughter, according to the woman’s ex-husband.

The car in which Donna Hanna and daughter Brooke, 15, were last seen driving was found Tuesday at a Ramada Inn near an airport in Tulsa, Okla., said Burt Hanna, Brooke’s father. The two women have not been located.


Bruce Hanna has also filed suit against his ex-wife for not returning Brooke per their custody agreement according to the Northwest Arkansas Times.

Fayetteville businessman Burt Hanna filed a lawsuit Monday against his ex-wife, Donna Hanna, for failing to return their 15-year-old daughter, Brooke, on March 29.

Burt Hanna is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. He is also offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the return of his daughter.


Update 04-23-09: Mother And Daughter Arrive Home, Meet Federal Authorities


HIGHFILL, Ark. — Donna Hanna, who is accused of unlawfully leaving the state with her daughter, arrived at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Wednesday night with her daughter, where they were met by federal authorities.

Donna Hanna, 47, was taken into federal custody after arriving at the airport on a flight from New York. Officials said her daughter was taken to relatives.

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The search is continuing for eight year old Sandra Cantu who is missing from Tracy, California. She is among the (18) 8-year-old children Case Type: Endangered Missing listed at the NCMEC.  However, she is the only one not believed to be with a non-custodial parent or grandparent.

Sandra Cantu
Missing Since: 3/27/09
Age Now: 8
Missing from: Tracy, Ca

Of the (55)  missing children, currently 8-years-old, listed at the NCMEC most are victims of  Case Type: Family Abductions. Often viewed differently by some because the abduction involves a family member, yesterday’s tragic deaths of Duncan and Jack Connolly at the hands of their father reminds us how volatile these relationships may be.

Two of the children, both missing since 2001, are victims of  Case Type: Non-Family Abduction

Jarkeius Adside
Missing Since: 10/18/01
Age Now: 8
Missing from: Miami, Fl

Jacqueline Vasquez
Missing Since: 5/6/01
Age Now: 8
Missing from: Avondale, Az

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