Samantha Geldenhuys – Have you contacted your Dad yet?

Savanna Geldenhuys, Savanna Todd

We have followed the recovery and reunification of parentally kidnapped children like Samantha Geldenhuys whose legal name in the United States is Savanna Todd of Isle of the Palms, South Carolina, USA. At 20 years old, the only biological parent she knows is her mother, Dorothy Lee Barnett alias Alex Geldenhuys. Her underground father, Juan Geldenhuys apparently tragically passed away on October 28, 2013 in South Africa. Her mother, Dorothy Barnett is awaiting extradition, trial in the United States and most likely prison for the crime of International Parental Kidnapping and Passport Forgery.

Now, the Australian Courts are faced with the decision to provide bail for her mother that has alluded law enforcement for 20 years despite her story being told on Unsolved Mysteries and several TV Talk Shows. In fact a TV Talk Show that her father from Isle of Palms, South Carolina appeared on led to the recovery of a child in the Dominican Republic. That child went on to live with the recovering and custodial parent in the United States and we understand she is doing very well. Unfortunately, there were no tips that led to the recovery of Savanna back then. If she were found back then, her life would have been very different today growing up in the posh community of Isle of the Palms, South Carolina and probably attending a Major University in the United States.

Abducted children like Samantha Geldenhuys must have had some tough times and living conditions growing up. With the Underground Mom’s consistent effort to hide her identity, we wonder if she were even allowed to attend her underground father’s funeral, Juan Geldenhuys in South Africa.

We call on Samantha Geldenhuys to join the group of underground children that reunify quickly with their biological parent. It takes a tremendous amount of maturity to realize that her mother kidnapped her for anger and revenge against her father. Dorothy Barnett was thinking of only herself when she fled South Carolina one day, violating a custody order. There are so many parents in the World that lawfully abide by child custody orders. What gives Dorothy Barnett the right to think that her case is so much different than the others?

Finally, we are always amazed at the Age Progression work done at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We see Samantha’s current photo next to the age progression one.

BTW Samantha Geldenhuys, have you called your father in Isle of the Palms, South Carolina?

Sources:

Photo: The Australian

Poster: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

 

 

About these ads

50 Responses to Samantha Geldenhuys – Have you contacted your Dad yet?

  1. Cliff Barnett says:

    Brilliant! If you looked into the lives of Savanna and her brother before writing this you would see it looks as if she has had a wonderful life and has a fantastic relationship with her mother. The stories written and told since her abduction have been told by one person with an agenda>>> Todd Harris. He was given plenty of chances to get his daughter back and refused every time.. Growing up in a “posh” environment with a father that has his own Demons may not have been the best thing for her. Also it appears she is going to a good college.

    • Celeste says:

      That’s because they wanted him to give up custody of his daughter and leave Savanna and her mother alone.
      Cliff would you do that if you knew that your daughter was endangered? I don’t think so.

    • Mary says:

      Cliff, your last name indicates that you might be a relative. Emotion aside, reality is your relative was awarded visitation time not custody of her daughter. Instead of moving forward by looking for legal pathways to challenge that outcome, reality is your relative bolted non-custodial child from the marriage in tow. Regardless of how you choose to repackage it or attempt to water it down, Cliff, your relative is now dealing with the consequences of her actions – regarded as serious crimes in most countries around the globe.

      Cliff, regardless of your perception of how wonderful life must have been or how fantastic you perceive relationships must have been or what makes for a good college or whose demons are more terrible, your relative’s actions prevented her daughter from knowing her identity or having a relationship with her father who, in case you have forgotten, was awarded custody of his daughter. It must be shocking for both children to discover that, behind the façade of their supposedly wonderful life, all wasn’t as it appeared.

      What a right royal mess your relative’s selfish agenda has created for both her children!

      • Dani says:

        Celeste,
        With all due respect, you are naive to the manipulation and corruption that lead to the father receiving custody of his daughter. In all fairness I could have been the naive one in your shoes with all of your logical but unrealistic questions had I not been involved to see this sad display of a power hungry man seeking vengeance when he did not get his way. This is a nightmare attempting to defend a mother, a friend who protected her child and is not being supported by anyone because our so called “justice system” never fails anyone, right? Please have an open mind. What if Alex did what any exceptional mother would do? Shouldn’t you be cautious not to speak out in a case that you know nothing about other than what you have read by the “Todd influenced press”? I pray to God that nothing like this ever occurs in your circle of loved ones. I have close loved ones who were adopted by loving parents, never knowing their real parents (who beat them when they were infants). They have grown to be men and woman who have risked their lives defending your rights to sit on this site and speak out negatively about a woman you clearly know nothing about. You clearly do not know the father either or you would be certain not to defend such an evil man and still be able to look yourself in the mirror each and every day. The selfish act that was created in this case was by a group of “Good ol’ boys” that think money and power is more important than the well being of a 10 month old, nursing baby girl losing her mum. I promise you that Alex attempted the legal routes first but they were blocked at every angle. Your thinking may be an attempt to be noble but it is most definitely misinformed and 100% incorrect.

  2. underwatch says:

    In these Underground Cases, the searching parents usually spends hundreds of thousands of dollars. That’s money that should have gone to the child. What we’ve seen in these cases is that there are many lost opportunities for the child. There still can be new opportunities with Savanna and her father, but only if Dorothy Barnett and her supporters get some serious psychological help and realize that they have engaged in parental alienation. How can you possibly accuse the father in this case of having an agenda. That’s horrible, the only person with an agenda is Dorothy Lee Barnett. As is commonly said in Children of the Underground Cases, she played Judge, Jury and Executioner.

    Cliff, your statement that “he was given plenty of changes to get his daughter back” is highly offensive to any searching or victim parent. Let’s say Cliff that you had a grandchild. Your child’s spouse disappeared to Australia with your grandchild for 20 years. You and your son or daughter did not see your child for 20 years. Then some guy name Cliff says, “you had many lost opportunities to recover your child.” I recollect reading that these offers were made if he voluntarily gave the court ordered sole custody back to Dorothy. For those parents that have been through a court ordered psychiatric evaluation, all of them know that if you don’t like the results of the first one, you can go back and get another. Why didn’t ‘Dorothy do that? You can only conclude that she must have had some severe psychological issues to have lost custody.

    Parental Kidnapping is a serious crime and one of the cruelest forms of maltreatment against a child. We also contend that it is one of the most severe acts of Family Violence. We don’t understand how some Domestic Violence Organizations would support a parental kidnapper. There is never any legal justification for this crime.

    I would hope as a supporter of Dorothy Barnett that you would help Dorothy understand that the only way for both families to move on is for Savanna to reunify with her father. Dorothy should just come clean, admit that she made a horrible mistake when she went underground and encourage Savanna to reunify as an adult-child with her father.

    Finally, have you actually been to Australia and seen those living conditions? Have you been to Isle of the Palms and seen those living conditions?

    The Editor
    The Children of the Underground Watch Newsletter

    • Dani says:

      underwatch,
      ……So foster parents that save children from abusive parents should all get “serious psychological help for engaging in parental alienation?” How dare you search for parents that are protecting their children only to put them back in the hands of abusers? Go ahead and take offense, because Alex’s case is not the same as all cases. I would have hoped that an organization such as yours would have better resources to insure that the child’s safety is actually your first priority and not just another company “doing their job” at the expense of the very children you claim to protect. Parental kidnapping is no less of a serious crime when you do it by winning custody due to defamation of the mother and misrepresentation of oneself. The serious crime that is the cruelest is to take a baby girl from a mother who loves her child so much that she is willing to go to jail when she believes she needs to protect her.

      And Yes, I have been to Isle of Palms and seen those living conditions!

      • forthelost says:

        Foster parents are trained not to bad-mouth parents to children, even abusive ones, because children don’t love abusive parents any less.

      • underwatch says:

        Dani,

        ……So foster parents that save children from abusive parents should all get “serious psychological help for engaging in parental alienation?” How dare you search for parents that are protecting their children only to put them back in the hands of abusers? Go ahead and take offense, because Alex’s case is not the same as all cases.

        Alex’s case sure sounds like almost every other “underground moms” cases that has been in the media in the past two decades. The big difference is that if the child was found before she turned 18, then the child would have been raised by the custodial father in Charleston, SC. The child would have been appointed a Guardian Ad-Litem attorney by the courts and her legal rights would have been protected by the courts. Alex/Dorothy, the abuser in this parental kidnapping/family violence case would have first had supervised visitation. The recovered child would have had therapy for the kidnapping and high-conflict divorce. Eventually, this situation might have de-escalated so the child life in her ’20s might have been quite different.

        I would have hoped that an organization such as yours would have better resources to insure that the child’s safety is actually your first priority and not just another company “doing their job” at the expense of the very children you claim to protect. Parental kidnapping is no less of a serious crime when you do it by winning custody due to defamation of the mother and misrepresentation of oneself. The serious crime that is the cruelest is to take a baby girl from a mother who loves her child so much that she is willing to go to jail when she believes she needs to protect her.

        There is no such thing as a permanent custody arrangement. Even mothers addicted to crack cocaine were able to work toward a relationship with their child in that time period. It sounds like you believe in maternal custody, despite the psychological condition of the mother. What Dorothy should have done is to go back to court and work toward re-building her credibility with the Family Law Courts. The judge and jury in this case should have been the South Carolina Family Law Courts.

        Dani, it sounds like you the real abuser here was Dorothy Lee Barnett.

        The Editor

  3. Stephen says:

    The courts are there to hear both sides and ultimately to do what is in the best interest of the child .
    What gives Dorothy the right to ignore a court ruling and deprive a father of the right to know his only child.
    What she did was illegal – it does not matter how anybody tries to justify it , the law is the law!

    • Dani says:

      Stephen,
      The courts do not always get it right. The law puts innocent people in jail and on death row where people sit for years before having innocents proven (if proven at all). Would you allow that to happen to your child if you thought you could prevent it when “the law” failed to get it right? We cannot say how we would react until put into such a situation.

      You sound like a father that would be devastated to have lost a child as most parents would. Please don’t mistake Todd for being anything like most parents.

      • forthelost says:

        If the courts get it wrong, you fight it in the courts. You can’t escape from jail and then use as your defense you were really wrongfully convicted.

  4. anon says:

    Samantha/Savanna has travelled around, she has had good life with many opportunities that most people only dream of. She has a loving and supportive family in Australia and South Africa…her adopted father loved her as much as his own son and to him, she was his daughter. I find this incredibly sad that her dad has just passed away which is heart wrenching enough and I know this is for the best and I’m sure everything will work out for the best for Samantha and her brother as they have a loving and supportive family and friends that only wish the best for them at this time, which must be very hard with the death of their dad barely 3 weeks ago. What must be understood is that Sam has led a completely normal life, a normal girl and actually grown into a wonderful young women. I’m sure her and her biological father have lots to talk about and build their relationship. He must be feeling the same and they can be there for each other too as it has been so long.

    • underwatch says:

      Dear Anon,

      It is tragic that the step father passed away. I read his obituary.

      The Geldenhuys family in South Africa are also victims of this crime. Most of them probably did not know of this situation until the story unfolded in the last several weeks. In following these cases, I am sure there are many that are speculating that the step father must have known. If that were the case, that must have been a horrible situation he would have been in, depending on when Dorothy Barnett told him. It also might have come up when the Dorothy Barnett divorced him.

      In regards to a normal life, this type of statement usually gets mixed reactions from the Missing Children’s Community. How many children grow up not knowing that they have a biological parent that has been searching for them for 20 years? How many children grow up with their baby picture appearing on numerous websites. How many children as young adults must see their mother in jail for committing this really horrible crime? And it was far from a normal life for Samantha’s biological father.

      It’s great to hear support from the Geldenhuys family for the reunification of Samantha with her biological father. There are so many resources available to assist these families.

      The Editor
      The Children of the Underground watch

    • forthelost says:

      I don’t consider being lied to about who your father is and living under an assumed name in another country, normal.

      • anne says:

        Wow…I suppose everyone else that isn’t “kidnapped” by a parent is normal? Wake up, society is barely normal on a good day, nevermind the injustice, corruption, greed that is fueled in places of power. Take a step back and ask yourself a question…perhaps you were in a similar situation, only think of how bad must the situation must have been for you to do something to this nature? There is a breaking point for survival and law is there to protect us, both sides. At the end of the day, there is a truth in everything. Deceit has it’s own burdens, truth sets us free (or supposedly). No this blog is not going to condone kidnapping, sure in some cases the children have been brought up in horrific environments, this is not one of those cases. Move on, put the energy in finding more missing children until you know the facts.

      • Elizabeth says:

        for the lost you have clearly had a very sheltered upbringing. I could not find the reply to your response above. Not to escape from prison and then say you were wrongfully convicted. I believe that there are many many people who are currently in jails around the world serving time for a crime they did not commit. As a child whose best interests were not taken into consideration when she told her mother her step father was sexually abusing her and continued to live with that abuse for another two years until the abuse was sighted by a neighbour who then did what the mother should have and called the cops. I believe with all my heart that if my child or I felt my child was under treat I would do my utmost to protect said child. No matter what or who I have to take them away from.

  5. Lily O Luinigh says:

    Hi Editor, um, you need to check out the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia sometime. Isle of Palms vs Sunshine Coast re poshness? I believe the Sunshine Coast would win hands down. I know a lot of mega wealthy people from the USA agree as they travelled the world to find the best place to live … And chose the Sunshine Coast. Just so you know when talking of opportunities lost:-)

    • underwatch says:

      Hi Lily,

      Okay Lily, I will admit that I have been surfing and kiteboarding in Charleston but not yet in Queensland, Australia on the Sunshine Coast.

      In November 2013, Conde Naste Traveler readers voted Charleston, the number one city in the United States.

      The United States has and still can provide Samantha / Savanna access to some top Universities and Colleges in the World.

      We also have some great beaches and surf too! Did you see this tear jerking post by a member of the Todd family?

      “We are beyond thrilled for Harris! I can only imagine the emotional toll Savanna/Samantha is experiencing right now. Samantha, you should know that you have numerous supporters and family in Charleston. Hopefully, a positive reunification for Samantha and Harris is in the works.”

      The Editor
      The Children of the Underground Watch

    • Mary says:

      Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a nice part of the world. It has lovely beaches and offers a laid-back lifestyle. Hospitality, tourism and leisure, aged care, retail, light manufacturing, fishing and farming are key economic drivers for the area.

      On the downside, it has a high crime rate caused by a high unemployment rate, an even higher youth unemployment rate and a high early school leaver dropout rate. High unemployment means there are pockets of the community that subsist below the poverty line. As well, many Sunshine Coast residents, as a means of gaining employment, daily commute to Brisbane one – two hours away.

      That said, Lily, mega wealthy people from the USA wouldn’t need to live hand to mouth. So, I guess for them the most stressful part of their day on the Sunshine Coast might be deciding on whether to open a bottle of red or white to enjoy with their meal.

  6. Bridget says:

    This site horrifies me. Your constant reference to the affluence of the father really does speak volumes. I find your belligerent attitude towards the daughter in this case absolutely abhorrent. How dare you try to attach guilt or responsibility to her ? I am genuinely shocked by what I read. If your attitude is any representation,of what this family faced, it is small wonder they disappeared.

    • forthelost says:

      The Barnetts are very wealthy too. How many families have vacation homes in two different countries they’re not living in?

    • forthelost says:

      I don’t think Savanna is responsible for any of this. She’s just learned her “father” was her stepfather and she has another father and extended family she doesn’t know. She’s probably in shock. I encourage her to contact her other family, though. They’ve waited nineteen years for this.

    • Dani says:

      “The news” reported Samantha and Alex as depressed… I am not sure where you misunderstood.

      Parent alienation is not recognized by the courts or my dearest friend would not have lost his daughter to a mother who poisoned their child against him. I am well aware of the damage of parental alienation. It breaks my heart to no end. Do not pretend to know my level of knowledge on this subject, you will lose hands down.

      This is an on ongoing case that has to be resolved in the court system (hopefully with more competent representatives). Thankfully public opinion is not taken into account since the public seems to think that the press is equal to their personal bible. I was there to see the case unfold. I unlike you, am not speaking from opinion based on “Harris facts?” but actual facts. I knew Harris, not Lee in the beginning.

      One would think that you’d be elated by the fact that you did not return another corpse of a child to a grieving parent. You should learn to recognize when something went right for the wrong reasons rather than wrong for the right reasons.

      Samantha is an innocent child/young woman to me but she is no more than collateral damage to you.

      • underwatch says:

        Do not pretend to know my level of knowledge on this subject, you will lose hands down.

        Dani,

        Did you actually write this? It sounds like you might have a narcissistic personality disorder. It also does not sound like you have any professional or legal credentials in this subject matter. And on a website like this, what is someone going to “lose”?

        I personally find your views to be from the ’60s and ’70s during the years where our Family Law Courts leaned toward maternal custody. A custodial embattled divorcing mother could allege domestic violence whether or not it occurred or not to get sole custody of a child.

        Since the ’80s and ’90s, the courts moved toward joint custody and domestic or family violence now became recognized as a two-way-street. You had mothers now getting arrested for domestic violence because the husband was the one with the bruises or scratches. But that didn’t mean that after the mother was arrested, the husband would get sole custody and claim he feared for his life.

        There is no way that Dorothy Lee Barnett exhausted her legal remedies before fleeing with her child. Your myopic views about parental alienation in the United Stated based on a few cases is pathetic. I would think for an evaluator and the court to recommend sole custody to a father, there had to be some form parental alienation or a mother with some severe mental issues. In any case, the professionals and the courts did not believe the mother was looking after “the best interests of the child”.

        Custodial-embattled mothers like Dorothy Lee Barnett always claim to have the evidence to support their innocence, but I would think if she did — she would ‘t have had to commit these felony crimes and deprive her former spouse of his relationship with his daughter.

        The Editor

      • Dani says:

        Editor,
        Yes, I absolutely wrote it. I had started an awareness group for parent alienation after receiving counsel from a lawyer informing me that PA it is not recognized in the courts. How narcissistic of me.

        You are publicly defending a man who was seen striking a pregnant woman. How many courts award custody to a father who does such a thing?… Whether it is the 60′s or the 90′s. As far as “bruises” well they were on Savanna’s body and face, those occurred while Savanna was in the care of her father. It was horrifying to see.

        You are speaking about a case you clearly know nothing about. One out of several psychologists’ evaluations said Lee had severe mental issues (the father’s psych coincidentally). The others simply said she had severe anxiety from the father’s intimidation tactics.

        I support a mothers right to protect her child when she feels as if she and her child are in grave danger (the law usually does to). You on the other hand support a man who struck a pregnant woman and neglected an infant.

        With all sincerity I hope you are speaking out of naivety. I understand that you only have the father’s words and outcome of the case to go by. I on the other hand witnessed the facts. Had I not witnessed the things I did I may be in your shoes supporting the court outcome. Therefore, I do not entirely blame you for your views but wish you would be less steadfast knowing that you do not have the facts.

        Am I to understand that if you felt your child was in danger that you would not protect him/her? Please do not answer that question… I will not be back on a site that cares more about the affluence of the parent than the well being of a child.

      • forthelost says:

        You must have forgotten to inform Faye Yager about those incidents, since even she said Harris wasn’t abusive.

        Oh, by the way, I’m ecstatic that Savannah was found alive and well, since I was terrified it would end badly.

    • Dani says:

      Bridget, Well said….
      Thank you! thank you! thank you!

  7. Chantal says:

    Very superficial and close-minded analysis. BTW, there is a big world out of the US. Take a plane sometimes to a “remote” destination, you might learn something.

  8. TRUTH says:

    Nothing is more despicable than what you are doing “forthelost.” You are arguing topics, places, and relationships that you know NOTHING about. It is victimization at its finest and dumbest. You base your argument on biased assumptions that you “read” at best. All things that you write in your posts are wrong and lack investigation. Like Mr. Todd, you have an agenda. LIke Mr. Todd, you are MISLEADING people. Shame on you. Unfortunately, there are many gullible individuals like yourself that know nothing of the injustice in our court system. Your claim that the Barnetts are very wealthy people epitomizes your ignorance of this case. Do your homework. You might start with the tragic facts of the work site accident that took the life of Samantha’s maternal grandfather. Once you’ve done that, retract this nonsense you write and show proper respect for the Barnetts as well as the fine people that loved, supported, and protected Samantha for the past 20 years.

    • forthelost says:

      Yeah, they’re so poor they have a second home in Belize.

      Of course I have an agenda – I hate kidnappers. I admit it.

      • Dani says:

        forthelost,
        I hate kidnappers too!! especially the ones who take children away from their mums in a so called “custody case” by lies and manipulation. It is just as illegal build a false case and to lie to the courts as it is to protect your child from such a law breaker. forthelost, If you are someone missing a child from an actual kidnapper, my deepest sympathy in all its sincerity. However, the Alex/Samantha case is not then comparable to yours. But if not, then wake up because Samantha is not a dead corpse that you found but rather a daughter who loves her mum and has a depression that only her mum could help her with because her father abandons the women in his life that he believes to have depression.

      • forthelost says:

        Her father most certainly did not abandon her, or he wouldn’t have kept her room ready all these years.

        If he really built a false case and lied to the courts, the proper move is to fight it in court, not run away and then complain when you’re found they’re not fair.

        I don’t have children. See that little boy in my avatar, though? He’s dead from a “real kidnapper.” That kidnapper happened to be his father, but the ones that are most likely to kill children are their own parents, not some stranger.

        Presented without comment: http://forthelost.wordpress.com/the-victims-of-family-abduction/ All from “real kidnappers” that happened to be one parent or both parents.

      • underwatch says:

        However, the Alex/Samantha case is not then comparable to yours. But if not, then wake up because Samantha is not a dead corpse that you found but rather a daughter who loves her mum and has a depression that only her mum could help her with because her father abandons the women in his life that he believes to have depression.

        Hi Dani,

        I was not aware that Dorothy Lee Barnett/Alex Geldenhuys was a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist? If someone is diagnosed with depression and needs treatment, they should seek the help of licensed professionals.

        Additionally, rather than seek the assistance of an unlicensed “advocates”, one should see a licensed professional. There are certainly many qualified professionals in both Australia and the United States. I am certain that the father in this case has both the economic means, and the love for his daughter to ensure she gets the best of the best medical care. It certainly doesn’t sound like he is abandoning her in this case.

        There are certainly unresolved issues between the now adult-child’s parents. As with the “best interests of the child” family law term, this should still apply even though the child is now an adult. Those issues should not affect the resolution of this case.

        Dani, in 20 years, I encountered less and less individuals like you the general public’s knowledge increases of the emotional abuse of a parental kidnapping is inflicted on a child. I sincerely hope that you will eventually conclude that parental kidnapping is never a legal alternative in a child custody case.

        The Editor

    • forthelost says:

      I’m despicable. Really. I’ve spent all this time trying to help left-behind parents because I’m evil. I use a boy kidnapped by his father and sent back to his mother as corpse as my avatar because I get a thrill out of it. I try to console parents who have seached for their kids for ages only to find them dead:http://forthelost.wordpress.com/the-victims-of-family-abduction/

      Yep, I deserve to be shot, all right.

    • underwatch says:

      Hi,

      Please take a look at some of the missing children on the ForTheLost blog. For searching parents of missing children, there are so few resources available to parents. Many of these parents don’t have the economic means and organizations like FortheLost.org provide so much hope and support for these parents and their families. It is so horrible to not know where your child is and to go through every holiday season is a one of the worst feelings any parent could experience.

      Your comments about this organization are so insensitive.

      I wonder how many of the Barnett family members knew Dorothy Lee Barnett was in Australia. In most cases, at the very least they knew the person that did know.

      I recollect a story of a searching father that’s former spouse disappeared with his daughter. One day, he received a phone call form one of his former spouse’s family member informing him of the location. The mother was soon arrested in Mexico and extradited back to the United States. The mother was not of Mexican ethinicity, she was an American. It’s really too bad some of Dorothy Barnett’s friends and family members didn’t try and help the FBI locate her earlier That might have significantly changed the position Dorothy Lee Barnett would be in today. As we’ve seen in most cases like this, the decision to violate the court order and leave the country would be a life changing experience for her as well as her family members. It was her sole decision.

      The Editor

      • forthelost says:

        I know a lot of cases that would fit that description.

        Being called evil isn’t new. It’s better than pedophile or misogynistic man who lost custody of his kids (I am a woman with no children, custody or not.).

  9. TRUTH says:

    You apparently have not been to Belize. Like I said, on this point and countless others that you attempted to articulate, do your homework. You project emotion and bias based on LIMITED resources including your own experiences. You and all supporters of Underwatch, For The Lost, should reevaluate your position as editor. You are not reporting with any accuracy and your embarrassing assumptions are counterproductive to the mission of Underwatch.

    • Celeste says:

      Why are you supporting the kidnapper?

    • forthelost says:

      Okay then, educate me.

    • underwatch says:

      You apparently have not been to Belize. Like I said, on this point and countless others that you attempted to articulate, do your homework. You project emotion and bias based on LIMITED resources including your own experiences. You and all supporters of Underwatch, For The Lost, should reevaluate your position as editor. You are not reporting with any accuracy and your embarrassing assumptions are counterproductive to the mission of Underwatch.

      To Truth, As an advocate for Searching Parents that have had their children kidnapped, every so often I come across a post like this. What kind of person goes on the Internet to a Missing Children’s website and publicly posts a message like this? This parent has not seen his child in 19 years. If you had not seen your child in 19 years, how would you feel about your above post?

      The Editor

  10. Celeste says:

    And what did you hope to accomplish undergroundwatch by making it seem like it’s Savanna’s fault? Like a 11 month old baby has control over something that she, obviously, had no control over?
    I mean seriously! This is the last thing that Savanna needs. If she wants to contact her father then she will. You just don’t understand that she’s in shock because she had a family in South Carolina that she had no idea existed.
    She can’t just leave her life behind and go back to a place that she’s never been to before.

  11. Celeste says:

    And if Savanna is listening

    http://www.takeroot.org

  12. betty says:

    If you supported the abducted child, then back off. You don’t the circumstances of her life. You don’t know why her mother took her or whether or not her father was truly a good father or just someone trying to protect their own reputation. Let the people who know samantha/ savanna counsel her about what is best for her. Maybe the worst thing for her could be to get to know Mr Todd And maybe its not. But you are not close to her and you do not know what she needs.

  13. Celeste says:

    Yeah like I’m going to trust Australian media who only gives a one sided story. Not even getting the father’s side of the story.
    Dani and Min are you stupid or something?
    Mr Todd has spent 20 years of his life trying to locate his daughter. The only reason why this so called “mother” took off with her daughter is because she didn’t get what it was she wanted. She wanted full custody of her daughter and no visitation with her father.
    If Miss Barnet really cared about her daughter she would have accepted Mr Todd’s custody arrangement and got her bi-polar disorder treated. First she accused him of being a homosexual which she wasn’t able to prove that he was a homosexual and now she’s accusing him of child abuse, which I doubt she can prove that,
    You know what I see? I see a man who has dedicated the last 20 years of his life trying to have a relationship with his daughter and the mean and spiteful woman that is his ex-wife who broke the law was on the FBI’s most wanted Parental Kidnappers list and chose to disobey a court order.
    And to add more to this Savanna is in contact with her father via e-mail. She didn’t know he even existed.

    WATCH!!! I know a lot more about it than you know.

    http://underwatch.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/breaking-news-seeking-savanna-how-a-father-dealt-with-20-years-of-search-part-ii/#respond

  14. Minyama says:

    Celeste, I have only a couple of questions if you have the integrity to answer:
    • Do you support the American judicial system? (This is the most important question)
    • Do you support a parent who gains custody of a child through fraud?
    • In that circumstance, is the parent who escapes the fraud to protect their child, guilty?
    • If the fraudster then secures the expenditure of large sums of public funds to stalk the innocent party, do you approve?
    • Once the avenging fraudster finds his wife (who proves to be a whole lot smarter than him) do approve of the expenditure of significant public funding to support the original fraud and jail the smartarse bitch?; and finally
    • Is your attitude shaped by losing children yourself?
    I realise all this is theoretical, but I want all your tiny audience to hear your true position.
    Love to hear your reply
    PS: Tell old mate the editor I’m back. (Short term only, I have more important issues to address and it pleases me to waste a few minutes respondin to your sad twisted drivel)

    • underwatch says:

      Bruce, this is Editor. I would personally never write something like this:

      “Bruce, I have only a couple of questions if you have the integrity to answer:
      • Do you support any judicial system? (This is the most important question)
      • Do you support a parent who kidnaps their child with no respect for any judicial system?
      • In that circumstance, does a parent have the right determine sole custody of their child ignoring all judicial legal systems?
      • If the parental kidnapper then secures the expenditure of a large sum of money from the Media to publicly disparage her former spouse, do you approve?
      • Once the avenging parental kidnapper is arrested (who proves to be a narcissists) do you approve of the expenditure of any public criminal defense money for attorney fees and expert witnesses, use of funds from federally supported non-profit groups or donations from public funding to support the original fraud and jail the smartarse bitch?; and finally
      • Is your attitude shaped by your protest of government?
      I realise all this is theoretical, but I want is the global media and the thousands of visitors to underwatch.wordpress.com to hear your true position.

      Love to hear your reply

      Bruce, I will say that in the past 20+ years of following these parental kidnapping cases, I have never seen such an insensitive comment as the fourth to last line of your post. Two of the main respected advocates in the World for missing children today are Adam Walsh of America’s Most Wanted and Marc Klaas. Each of these fathers lost a child. If you would ever have the opportunity to meet these individuals, you would never say to them what you said to Celeste. Your comment to Celeste is so horrible and insensitive.

      Bruce, I would like you to publicly apologize to Celeste.

      The Editor

    • Judith says:

      Bruce sounds like he might have had a little sweet spot for Alex/Dorothy. His behaviours have that irrationality and passion that a lovesick teenager might have. Maybe “Alex” has that little sparkle about her, which his wife Judy is lacking.

      I think Bruce visited Dorothy at Wacol Women’s Prison during the morning visiting hours between 8:45-9:45am. On the drive back home, he was angry and was stewing over the situation. To alleviate his anger and feeling of impotence and powerlessness, he’s tried to find someone to attack and punish. So he’s jumped straight on the computer when he got home and posted an attack at what he perceived to be the easiest target.

      People like Bruce, Neha and the small circle of existing friends are not seeking to educate anyone, nor are they looking for a constructive debate. What they are trying to do is somehow find the right set of words and phrases which will inflict a wound on anyone who supports the father.

      It’s a good sign. It shows their impotent rage because they have no influence or control and that no one else bought into their side of the story.

  15. unbiased says:

    Yawn ,oh look Bruce is back with his made up drivel .
    Thank goodness he has more important things to do and wont be around for long.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: