Breaking News: Dorothy Barnett Finally Arrested After 20 Years

Dorothy Barnett Arrested Australia

After nearly 20 years, Dorothy Barnett an Underground Mom and parental kidnapper of Savanna Todd was finally arrested in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in Australia. In 1993, Dorothy Barnett fled Isle of Palms, South Carolina using a falsified United States Passport with her then infant child. She was allegedly assisted by Faye Yager’s Children of the Underground Organization. Faye Yager appeared on several U.S. Television Talk Shows discussing the Dorothy Barnett Parental Kidnapping Case.

Like many Children of the Underground Cases that we’ve followed for the past two decades, Dorothy Lee Barnett fled Underground after losing primary custody to the child’s father. We understand Dorothy Barnett first fled to Frankfurt, Germany. Several years later traveled to South Africa and married a man named Juan Geldenhyus. I recollect at around that time, other searching fathers received rumors that there were Children of the Underground Mothers in Germany, France, Costa Rica and South Africa. Apparently, Ms. Barnett fled to New Zeland with her new husband and then later to Australia. Since Elizabeth Morgan fled to New Zealand in the ’80s, there have been only one previous child of the Children of the Underground found in New Zealand or Australia.

The arrest and probable future extradition of Dorothy Lee Barnett for Forgery of False Use of a U.S. Passport carries a maximum sentence in the United States of 10 years. The Parental Kidnapping Crime carries a sentence of up to 3 years. The arrest of Dorothy Barnett is also a celebration for the International Family Abduction Community of Searching and Recovering Parents. Over the past four decades we have seen:

  • Our  Family Law Courts have moved from Maternal Custody to Joint Custody to Co-Parenting
  • Our Nation’s Child Protective Services Systems have matured
  • And finally our law enforcement organizations and courts have taken great measures to enforce Domestic and International Family Abduction Crimes

What this means that parental underground mothers like Dorothy Barnett cannot claim the “necessity defense” or fleeing from an accusation of “family violence” as a defense to a parental kidnapping crime. As we have seen in the criminal trials of these underground cases, the underground moms never exhausted their legal remedies before they left. In the Barnett case, she left most likely after a Family Court Evaluation and Family Law Judge ordered primary custody to the father and supervised visitation to the mother. And as we have seen in these cases, the motive is always for anger and revenge and not for protection of the child.

Dorothy Barnett is also not the first Underground Mother to get divorced while Underground. April Meyer, fled underground with husband number 2 with husband number 1′s child, then got divorced and married husband number 3 while in hiding. We imagine that Dorothy Barnett is narcissistic and manipulative like most underground mothers.

Finally, on behalf of the Family Abduction Community, we applaud the efforts of the recovering parent. We have followed his case over the years and recollect that he spent thousands of hours searching for his daughter Savanna including going on Television Talk Shows. Most searching parents rarely get that kind of opportunity but in this case, this father did. As we have found in these cases, parents like Dorothy Barnett were not thinking of their child when they went underground, they were thinking of themselves.

There are now three things that need to occur in this case:

  1.  The most important is for Savanna Geldenhyus to prove that she is in the elite of the recovered adult children. To do so, she would need to do only one thing, she would need to call her father Harris up and start a reunification process. A simple phone call is the start. There is no way that Dorothy Barnett can ever prove in a jury trial that she had any reasonable excuse for committing this crime. If Dorthy Barnett had any credibility to her allegations, she could have just taken her custody time and stayed South Carolina. It’s so sad that Savanna has grown up without knowing her father who lives in the exclusive Isle of Palms Community on the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina. What we have seen in other underground cases is that there is so much opportunity a child misses while in hiding, and Savanna can still reap the benefits of having a relationship with her father if she acts quickly and maturely with this decision. We’ve seen far to many really horrible reunifications where the arrested parents continues to alienate the child against the other parent.
  2. Dorothy Barnett must be extradited back to the United States as quickly as possible. A good benchmark for the Australian Courts is the Elian Gonzalez case where the United States sent the child back to Cuba.
  3. Dorothy Barnett must be charged and sentenced to prison by a United States Court.

The Editor, The Children of the Underground Watch

Reference:

Law Catches up with mum 20 years after she fled with baby Savanna by Adam Shand and Sarah Elks, The Australian (November 14, 2013)

“The Kid Is With A Parent, How Bad Can It BE?”: The Crisis of Family Abductions by Ernie Allen

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30 Responses to Breaking News: Dorothy Barnett Finally Arrested After 20 Years

  1. Cliff Barnett says:

    did not like my comment??

  2. Cliff Barnett says:

    Would one of your donors be Harris Todd?

    • underwatch says:

      Hi Cliff,

      No we do not receive money from searching parents. This is an informational website for searching and recovering parents, their families and professionals on the Children of the Underground Group or Cult and the Family Abduction Crime.

      The Barnett family are also victims of this crime. What surprises us is that you have these proclaimed victims of domestic violence fleeing their abuser, but none of the families or people like Faye Yager ever appear to be worried about their safety. Faye opens a Bed and Breakfast and more or less invites any searching farther to spend a weekend with her after previously going on National TV and claiming she knows that there is satanic ritual abuse in their case (we are still not sure what she meant by that, but I wouldn’t book a hotel room in any location where the owner has made a statement like that). Furthermore, doing the last 20 years it didn’t sound like the Barnett family was worried about their safety. Research indicates that the abductor’s family knows the location of the abductor in 75 percent of the cases. That said, they are also victims and I bet they too are partially relieved that Dorothy was found so that they too can move forward with their lives. I am sure the holidays for the past 20 years have not been great having to worry about private investigators, taped phone calls, bank records subpoenas for wire transfers and search warrants.

      We’ve also seen cases where family members of the abductor have turned against the abductor cooperating with authorities on fear of being charged as a third party conspirator.

      Finally, we have also seen cases where the adult child has woken up one morning and discovered that the abducting parent fabricated the entire story out of anger and revenge against the other parent. They
      realize that the kidnapping parent wrongfully deprived them of a childhood life that they might have preferred. They have since cut off all contact with the kidnapper and her family. That’s why we think it’s time for Samantha and her extended family to call a therapist and to start the reunification process with her father. The longer she waits, the more difficult it gets.

      20 years ago Dorothy Barnett was a young mother, in her young 30s and made one very huge mistake that has caused her to be in jail today. 20 years later, Samantha is faced with one huge decision that is solely hers, does she have the courage and strength to contact her dad? Will she ignore the rest if the Barnett family and do the right thing? Btw, is Samantha in therapy?

      You can’t have every custodial embattled American Mother running off to Australia so the fate of Dorothy Barnett is pretty much determined. Especially in this post-911 era where you can’t have individuals like Dorothy Barnett or her conspirators falsifying U.S. Passports.

      • Cliff Barnett says:

        You seem to be responding to my original post without anyone else being able to see it.. If that is how this is going to work I think any future responses on your part without printing my original comments would be unprofessional at best.

  3. underwatch says:

    Hi Cliff, there are so many issues that are more important then the professionalism of some website for victims of the Family Abduction Crime. I would think that a better investment of money would be in therapy for Samantha/Savanna and for Dorothy. I would think that living in Australia near the beach or even in a jail cell isn’t fully taking responsibility for this crime. The father deserved a right to have a relationship with his child and neither Dorothy, you or the Australian Courts have the right to play Judge, Jury and Executioner. I’m not sure if the Family Law Judge in South Carolina that awarded sole custody to the child’s father is still on the bench, but despite any belief that Dorothy or you have, that Judge more than likely doesn’t like his or her Custody Order violated. Dorothy will need to explain to that court why she violated that order.

  4. Hal Loveless says:

    Lee Barnett was a long time friend of mine. I spoke with her shortly before she disappeared. I will believe her side of the story until proven otherwise, and others should hear her side before jumping to conclusions.
    The Lee I knew was a guileless young woman. She related to me the problems with her estranged husband. She said he never wanted children and that when she became pregnant he became emotionally abusive to her. After Savanna’s birth, Lee told me that Harris became even more abusive and began to spread lies about her behavior and lack of responsibility while filing for custody of their child. According to Lee, Harris had deep political connections, as well as a deep bank account and used both against her. I will admit I have never heard his side of the story, but as far as I know, Lee never told me a single lie. After she disappeared, I was told by her mother that her mother’s home in Belize mysteriously burned and that her brother Tommy was detained after arriving home from Mexico, kept in police detention overnight without his diabetes medicine which directly led to his death. Her mother told me that she was hounded by the police and that her bank accounts were frozen, ostensibly tom keep her from potentially helping Lee but more likely as an intimidation by her son-in-law.
    Before you accept a one sided story, you may wish to hear BOTH sides of the story. Imagine trials where only the defendant’s lawyer or only the plaintiff’s lawyer was allowed to speak.

    Hal Loveless, M.D.

    • underwatch says:

      Dr. Loveless,

      I would like to respond to your comments. I imagine that you haven’t read much of the research on the psychological impact on children from a parental kidnapping.

      It’s really too bad her family and friends couldn’t have persuaded her to stay and seek another custody evaluation. It sounds like she might have had some mental health issues, postpartum depression after the birth of her child. She may also have been disrespectful to the Judge in a Court Hearing. She must have also done very poorly in the court ordered evaluation. During this period, one must wonder where she was getting her advice. It sounds like the Judge and Court Appointed Evaluator finally decided that Savanna’s best interests were better served by sole custody to the father. Also most parents who have been to family law court know that custody orders are never permanent. She had reasonable legal alternatives.

      The accusations that a house in a third world country burned down, a brother detained at the airport, bank accounts frozen are common but very unlikely in these cases. This is not one of those CIA TV Shows. These are examples of the left-behind families of abducting parent blaming the former spouse for every tragedy that occurs after the kidnapper goes on the lam. The one person who could have changed all of this is Dorothy Barnett and only her. That’s what further makes this crime so heinous. As I have mentioned before, the Barnett family and possibly some of their friends are also victims.

      Finally, the trial for the right to raise Savanna was held with no lawyers for either side. In this case the Judge, Jury and Executioner was Dorothy Lee Barnett. I personally have very little sympathy for any kidnapper that evades the criminal justice system and is now wanting to be protected by it.

      Dr. Loveless, it sounds like you are using your role as a healthcare professional to support your friend. I’m personally not convinced that escalating the situation by unsupported and inflammatory allegations is helpful to a very horrible situation. I would suggest you read the literature on the psychological impact that Dorothy Barnett inflicted on her child and advise the family accordingly. Our research list includes some of the top notch professionals in this field.

      The Editor
      The Children of the Underground Watch

      Lee Barnett was a long time friend of mine. I spoke with her shortly before she disappeared. I will believe her side of the story until proven otherwise, and others should hear her side before jumping to conclusions.
      The Lee I knew was a guileless young woman. She related to me the problems with her estranged husband. She said he never wanted children and that when she became pregnant he became emotionally abusive to her. After Savanna’s birth, Lee told me that Harris became even more abusive and began to spread lies about her behavior and lack of responsibility while filing for custody of their child. According to Lee, Harris had deep political connections, as well as a deep bank account and used both against her. I will admit I have never heard his side of the story, but as far as I know, Lee never told me a single lie. After she disappeared, I was told by her mother that her mother’s home in Belize mysteriously burned and that her brother Tommy was detained after arriving home from Mexico, kept in police detention overnight without his diabetes medicine which directly led to his death. Her mother told me that she was hounded by the police and that her bank accounts were frozen, ostensibly tom keep her from potentially helping Lee but more likely as an intimidation by her son-in-law.
      Before you accept a one sided story, you may wish to hear BOTH sides of the story. Imagine trials where only the defendant’s lawyer or only the plaintiff’s lawyer was allowed to speak.
      Hal Loveless, M.D.

      • PB says:

        Dear Underwatch,
        Have you read much of the research on the psychological impact on physically abused children?
        I am proud to call Lee Barnett my friend. She did what most women in her situation would want to do…protect her 9 month old baby girl. How can you judge her on research, when you clearly don’t know the facts. How can you assume what Savannah’s life would have been like on posh Isle of Palms? Especially with the man that wanted Lee to abort her baby? Do you know the first visitation Lee had with Savannah, she arrived lethargic, with a swollen nose, scrapes on her chin and nose, and a bump on her forehead.
        Hal Loveless does not need an MD to speak the truth. Lee is a very caring, loving woman that went the distance to save her child.

      • underwatch says:

        >Dear Underwatch,
        >Have you read much of the research on the psychological impact on physically abused children?

        PB,

        This allegation appears right out of the “custodial embattled mothers” “domestic violence” playbook. For parents that were a part of custody evaluations during the ’90s, Dorothy Lee Barnett had a perfect opportunity to raise these issues during her sessions with that evaluator. She also could have taken her child to Child Protective Services or even had her attorney go to court. We also understand that the child had a court appointed attorney. But as many of us who have followed these cases, they simply don’t want to listen to the custody evaluator, their attorney or most importantly the judge.

        >I am proud to call Lee Barnett my friend.

        Wow, why would you be proud to call an alleged parental kidnapper a friend. From the perspective of missing children’s community, you are supporting a person that kidnapped a child for 20 years.

        >She did what most women in her situation would want to do…protect her 9 month old baby girl.

        That’s not correct, what most women or mothers in her situation do is that they use and exhaust every legal alternative they have before they break the law and a judge’s custody order.

        >How can you judge her on research, when you clearly don’t know the facts. How can you assume what Savannah’s life would have been like on posh Isle of Palms? Especially with the man that wanted Lee to abort her baby? Do you know the first visitation Lee had with Savannah, she arrived lethargic, with a swollen nose, scrapes on her chin and nose, and a bump on her forehead.

        We have read many of the stories like the one below. I noticed several of the allegations against Dorothy Barnett: “extensive evidence of affairs and drinking with other men – six in a space of just a few weeks…There was enormous alcoholic consumption when she was supposed to be breath feeding”. That doesn’t appear to be the behavior of a caring and loving mother.

        http://www.dartcentre.org/content/children-underground-7#.Uoyk042f8uU

        >Hal Loveless does not need an MD to speak the truth.

        This is an odd comment to make. Is it possible you previously impersonated yourself as a medical doctor. That sounds like the behavior of many “child advocates” or “protective parents” like Faye Yager (an Interior Designer). They have are not a Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ph.D. or Guardian Ad-Litem Children’s Attorney.

        >Lee is a very caring, loving woman that went the distance to save her child.

        Hal, you can be caring and a “loving woman” vs. a “loving mother” and still commit one of the most heinous crimes of maltreatment against child, a “parental kidnapping” or a “family abduction”.

        The Editor
        The Children of the Underground Watch

    • forthelost says:

      Um, even in the articles that came out after Barnett abducted Savannah it was mentioned she never accused him of abuse. Even Faye Yager conceeded that.

  5. kim Kinney says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Lee, Savanna, and her brother. I knew Lee and she was a wonderful, fun, kind, and loving person that only wanted what was best for Savanna.

    • Beth Mickalis says:

      I absolutely agree with all of Lee’s supporters that have posted here. I will believe her and support her to the end.

    • Mary says:

      Gosh, Kim, I struggle to understand how you see this woman as a “loving person that only wanted what was best for Savanna”. Others might say that this woman’s actions were those of a maladjusted and self-centred individual more interested in meeting her own wants and needs rather than those of her daughter’s.

    • If she really “loved” her daughter as much as she says she does, and wanted what was “best” for her, then she wouldn’t have breached the custody order.

  6. Belle says:

    I would like to congratulate Lee for having 20 wondferful years with her daughter. It brings tears to my eyes to read all this. I’m sorry to all the men who have found themselves left out – however, a mother births the child. nurtures that child. That eclipses any rights of a man in MY mind. When i became pregnant to an American – I made sure to birth in my own country. i know all his friends thought i was crazy – HIS behaviour did make me emotional and I was prone to incredible outburts – which – are fairly understandable when a man constantly lies to you when you are pregnant and is sleeping around. At your most vunerable – pregnant and seeing not a future, but a wrecked beginning and end. the emotiona abuse almost equal to any physical abuse… is it any wonder? I was lucky enough to have the foresight to have have made provisions – even neglecting to put his name on the birth certificate. For this reason i was able to leave the country and raise my own child without the shadow of this man, and with the support of family – instad of being stranded in an unfamiliar country with no support. i am positive that there would be women who were not so lucky. Yes, I accept there will be haters – but, men just don’t seem to understand that it is the way they treat women that make them act ‘crazy’. I am now in a happy sucessful relationship for two years – with another baby. not ONCE have I been pushed to act ‘crazy’. Haters – please ask yourself if you have EVER done anything that could make a hormaonal woman ‘crazy’. I think the answer may be yes?? My best wishes to lee – even a jail term cannot ever take away from what she managed to achieve xxxxxx

    • forthelost says:

      I’m sure if your child was taken away for almost twenty years you’d be just fine with it, right?

    • Celeste says:

      Are you really that stupid? Dorothy is a kidnapper and she wasn’t hormonal. She’s bipolar and she refused treatment.

    • underwatch says:

      Belle,

      >I would like to congratulate Lee for having 20 wondferful years with her daughter. It brings tears to my eyes to read all this. I’m sorry to all the men who have found themselves left out – however, a mother births the child. nurtures that child. That eclipses any rights of a man in MY mind.

      This position sounds thoughtless, cruel and insensitive to the plight missing children and the searching parent. This father relentlessly searched for Savanna for 20 years.

      That all said, what happened to equal rights? Lucky for the rest us, our Family Law Courts have progressed to the concept of co-parenting, joint custody versus maternal custody.

      I personally think that in many of today’s marriages, men are expected to do their equal share of raising their children from the day they are born. I also believe that an increasing number of fathers would feel they are as good or better than the mothers.

      Dorothy Barnett lied to her child about her biological father, committed several alleged felony crimes – what kind of parent is that? I have also read that Dorothy Barnett may not have been a responsible pregnant mother.

      >When i became pregnant to an American – I made sure to birth in my own country. i know all his friends thought i was crazy – HIS behaviour did make me emotional and I was prone to incredible outburts – which – are fairly understandable when a man constantly lies to you when you are pregnant and is sleeping around.

      It sounds like you are blaming the father if your child for your behavior, not your age or level of maturity. It was nevertheless your choice to bring a child into this World with this American Man. Maybe you should have just gone to a sperm bank?

      >At your most vunerable – pregnant and seeing not a future, but a wrecked beginning and end. the emotiona abuse almost equal to any physical abuse… is it any wonder? I was lucky enough to have the foresight to have have made provisions – even neglecting to put his name on the birth certificate. For this reason i was able to leave the country and raise my own child without the shadow of this man, and with the support of family – instad of being stranded in an unfamiliar country with no support. i am positive that there would be women who were not so lucky. Yes, I accept there will be haters – but, men just don’t seem to understand that it is the way they treat women that make them act ‘crazy’.

      I don’t think you should make that generalization.

      >I am now in a happy sucessful relationship for two years – with another baby. not ONCE have I been pushed to act ‘crazy’. Haters – please ask yourself if you have EVER done anything that could make a hormaonal woman ‘crazy’. I think the answer may be yes??

      I am not sure what you mean by the term “Haters”? Is this all other men except your current husband or one that disagrees with your opinion? I am happy that you have found the love of your life and hope you continue to work at your marriage through patience and compromise versus craziness and hysteria. One bit of advice, if you ever have to go through a Family Law Custody Evaluation, you probably shouldn’t the exaggerate the craziness.

      >My best wishes to lee – even a jail term cannot ever take away from what she managed to achieve xxxxxxand you post .

  7. Lu Natic says:

    Hello? Custody of an unborn child awarded to the ex-husband??? Wow

    • forthelost says:

      He got custody of Savannah after she was born and she refused any treatment for her bipolar disorder. I’ve seen enough evidence of disturbing behavior from Dorothy Barnett for years I worried Savannah was *dead* and *killed by her mother*. Mothers statistically commit the most child murders, by the way.

  8. Bridget says:

    I find your site very disturbing, along with many of your comments.

    This perhaps disturbed me most of all

    It’s so sad that Savanna has grown up without knowing her father who lives in the exclusive Isle of Palms Community on the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina”

    Not a word about her father’s character, yet you drew attention to his wealth?

    Perhaps you could address one issue – how do you imagine the relationship between father and daughter will be encouraged by her mother being torn from her family and thrown in jail?

    • underwatch says:

      Bridget,

      What if your son or future son or daughter was put in this position? Your grandchild was abducted for 20 years. Your former daughter-in-law lost solely decided to be Judge, Jury and Executioner and steal your grandchild from you.

      The biological parents, his loving family, the now adult child – they are the victims in this case. There is one person that is responsible for putting her child into this position right now, that’s the kidnapping parent.

      That’s what makes this Crime really horrible.

      But there are some families that have gotten through despite efforts by the Special Interest Groups that will try and exploit the victim adult child and the arrested mother for publicity for their own cause. There was a mother who kidnapped her young child and even went on a National American TV Show to try and claim her husband was really a horrible person. I recollect she put a bugging device in the kid’s stuffed animal. Just like Dorothy Barnett, she boarded the Underground for Europe, met a man and ended up with the child in an Eastern Europe Country. Then a Civil War broke out and she found herself in a refugee camp. At the moment when her son was going to be put in foster care, she called her former spouse up and told him to pick up his child. She essentially recanted her story and allegations.

      The father with sole custody of the child, raised the child and supported a relationship with the mother. I believe the child is now a few years older than Savanna having graduated from college and is doing extremely well (wanting his privacy) like most victims in these cases.

      Bridget, of course you find this site disturbing. That’s because you are probably a supporter of one of these causes that you would put above this particular child and mother.

      I really hope these groups stay away from this mother and child and not try and influence them.

      The Editor
      The Children of the Underground Watch

    • Mary says:

      You say, “how do you imagine the relationship between father and daughter will be encouraged by her mother being torn from her family and thrown in jail?”

      I say, “This woman had a good run cunningly and unlawfully hiding out for the past 20 years so that, sadly, there could be no father/daughter relationship to date. Thankfully, she has finally tripped over her own cleverness. It is time this woman took responsibility for her actions and the consequences of those actions.”

  9. Angela says:

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  10. Kam Lewis says:

    these comments in this feed is disturbing to say the least. I know nothing of this case but what I have been able to read on the internet and the comments in this blog are bias and slanderous towards the mother without warrant, It suggests that she was abusive to the child, suggests that she moved often, from what I can see Savanna’s name was changed very early, The mother does not seem to of moved continually she was in plain site for most part raising her children in a married relationship until not long ago. She has a house now in Australia with a mortgage and a Son who is completing high school, Savanna is going to University In townsville and was totally unaware of who her father was. Sounds like she had a very stable life, the fact she did not know about her father says that her mother never talked about him. To say that Savana must now reunite with her father is pretty presumptuous to say the least. Her mother is now in Jail the only father figure she has ever known died recently and she has a 17 year old brother to support. All the money in the world that her father has may not interest her at all. She may like to stay in Australia with her brother and continue her studies. I did note that this post has referred several times to the life style she missed not living with her father? Sounds to me she did not miss out on love, nor want for anything. The pictures of Savanna are of a beautifully well groomed young lady. She does not look hard done by, She has a lot to deal with right now, her mother who she still is supporting along with her young brother, If her mother is deported and put in jail, how do you think this will affect her? Do not make assumptions on what she as a young 20 year old must do now. Your comments disregard her as a person, disrespect her feelings and the huge emotions she must be facing. How callous do you expect her to leave her brother hanging in the wind in pursuit of someone she did not know about until recently? How bout less presumptions on psychoanalyzing what her mother has done and why and what Savanna must do now and show some compassion. How about listening to what she wants. At the end of the day it is not any of anyones business your posts and comments here I hope and pray that this young lady is wise enough never to read.

    • forthelost says:

      And Carlina White turned out all right, so we should just leave her and her kidnapper alone.

    • Mary says:

      “… If her mother is deported and put in jail, how do you think this will affect her? …” It is an awful situation for this young woman and her brother to find themselves in. However, it must be remembered that their mother put them in this situation.

      I am not seeing why this woman would not be extradited from Australia back to the US. She is not an Australian citizen, having acquired permanent residence status in Australia through New Zealand citizenship gained on falsified information. She was not truthful when she entered Australia, providing false background information on herself, and procuring a false passport and providing false background information on a then minor. Also, an arrest warrant had been issued for her in 1994. It defies belief that she would not have known about this, so I suspect she was again untruthful when entering Australia.

      Her kidnapped now adult child is living in Australia on falsified documents. Her mother changed the last name and citizenship of a minor. Her mother does not have the right to do this. Her daughter will now have the added burden of having to sort this out.

      I hope her mother, who will have a lot of time on her hands whilst in remand awaiting her extradition hearing, will think long and hard on her actions and the consequences of those actions.

  11. Ruth says:

    I’ve known Harris Todd my whole life and can attest to his good character and profound heartbreak over losing the opportunity to be a part of his child’s life. I do not know Lee and am only able to judge by her actions, but hopefully after a great deal of dust has settled this unbelievable saga will move toward an equally hard to believe productive outcome and Savanna will find a way to accept and love both of the people who love her and brought her into the world.

    Savanna’s mother did not lose custody “because she was diagnosed as bipolar” as has repeatedly and sloppily been reported in the media. Among other things, she refused treatment for an apparent disorder and repeatedly acted in ways that put Savanna at risk throughout her pregnancy. Despite this, the father never had any intention of preventing Savanna’s mother from being a part of her life. He wanted Savanna’s mother to seek treatment so that they could both be parents parent to a child they both loved. I am sure the sting of being a new mother and losing full custody of one’s baby (especially in the South Carolina of 19 years ago) was humiliating and beyond what Lee thought she could bear, but clearly there was a better way out of what she thought was an intolerable situation.

    The abducted child in question has been raised according to the fictional narrative that her father was abusive to her mother. Not surprisingly the child is siding with the only parent she has ever known and not with a father she does not know and never has been allowed to know.

    Both parents have a right to be involved with rearing their children regardless of their gender, regardless of whatever love has been lost between the two parents, and regardless of any animosity and anger incurred as a result of not being awarded full custody. Whatever happens moving forward, one thing is certain: the father in this case has been unjustly disconnected and alienated from his child. How this injustice will be dealt with is an open question, but hopefully the fact that two parents love this child will factor into the decision.

    • Celeste says:

      I agree with you Ruth. Just because a child is with a parent that doesn’t mean that they’re safe.
      It seems to me that the child in question has been severely warped against the searching father.
      And the incompetency of the person who was supposed to be supervising the child in question and her mother is truly amazing. I hope that person gets fired.

  12. Noel says:

    Hi all, I just spent the last 2 and half years working with Alex, aka Dorothy. I know her only as a professional person to work alongside. This is a very messy situation and we all will never know the truth accept for those that are directly involved….Time will tell, maybe.

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