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?
Photo: The Australian
Poster: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children