A mother is with her child at home here in the States. Suddenly her son is kidnapped and taken away. It is feared that the father has taken the child to Baja, Mexico, in 2012.
There are laws set into place to bring back the child if taken out of the country by a parent. Why is it just now getting media attention in California? http://www.cbs8.com/story/24400999/mother-searches-for-abducted-son-sargon-rose-age-8 Come hear her recollection of the chain of events and her plea for help.
This is more information about aid in international child abductions http://travel.state.gov/abduction/solutions/solutions_3848.html.
Is parental child abduction illegal in the United States?
Yes, under U.S. law, international parental child abduction is a Federal crime. The International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act, 18 U.S.C. 1204,makes it a criminal offense to remove or retain a child who has been living in the United States to a foreign country with the intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of parental rights. Such an offense is punishable by a fine, imprisonment for not more than three years, or both. In addition, interference with a parent’s rights of custody is a felony in every state. We take wrongful removal or retention of a child very seriously.
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