What Protective Parents Should NOT Do!

July 28, 2016

A message to the Protective Parent / Family Court Critics Movement, this is the end result if you engage in civil disobedience and kidnap your teenage children. There are always legal alternatives in child custody cases. There is no such thing as a permanent custody order. What would have been so bad about Joint Custody and Coparenting?



On July 28, 2016 in Dakota County, Minnesota, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was taken into custody after the jury found her guilty of 6 Felony Counts of Deprivation of Child Custody. She was released on a $100,000 Bail.

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Dakota County News Release: Former Lakeville Woman Convicted of Depriving Father of Custody of Two Daughters

July 28, 2016

Here’s the press release from Dakota County James Backstrom.


Editor’s Note: On behalf of the Missing Children’s Community, Thank you for prosecuting this Teenager Family Abduction Case. It’s verdict is historic for deterring others from committing this crime.

Time for the Evavold and The Dahlens to Plead Guilty to the Felony Charges

July 28, 2016

Sandra Rucki Conspirators

Now that Sandra Rucki was found guilty of 6 Felony Charges, it’s time for Dede Evavold, Doug Dahlen and Gina Dahlen to plead guilty and spare the taxpayers the expense of a trial.

Sandra Rucki is scheduled to be sentenced on September 21st. Dede Evavold’s trial is scheduled to begin on September 26th.

These three cases are some of the very small number of criminal prosecutions of third party conspirators Family Abduction cases. We hope the prosecutor does not reduce these charges from a felony in any plea deal.



Dakota County Minnesota Delivers Guilty Verdict in Teenager Family Abduction Case

July 28, 2016

“It is simply inappropriate and unacceptable for any parent to hide their children and keep them from the custodial parent in violation of a court order for any amount of time,”

“The almost two and a half years that these children were hidden led to significant trauma to her daughters and caused significant adverse impacts to the rest of her family. We are pleased with the jury’s decision in this matter.”

— Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom

Editor’s Note:

On behalf of the Missing Children’s Community, we applaud the efforts of Dakota County Assistant Prosecutor Kathryn Keena for her efforts in this case. Family Abduction or Deprivation of Custody Cases Criminal Trials with the Affirmative Defense are not prosecuted as frequently as they should be. This guilty verdict should send an important message to Family Court Custody Litigants, Critics and the Protective Parent Community that there are always other legal alternatives to kidnapping a child. It should help to deter this criminal act and any supporters from assisting in this crime.

We also applaud the Judge in this case. In many of these trials, the defense attorneys are allowed to re-litigate the divorce and custody case which provides another forum for the defendant as well as the cause.

The victim parent was fortunate to have the supportive efforts of a law enforcement team in his community that were able to locate and recover these children. The investigate efforts that this law enforcement team used were progressive and should be evaluated for use in other family abduction cases.

We hope the media will provide this family and especially the children with privacy so that they can move forward with their lives.

Finally, we applaud the efforts of this father who found his children, has done everything possible to protect them during this trial and can finally move forward in raising his children. It’s not time for the media and others to allow this family the privacy they rightfully deserve.

Breaking News: Sandra Rucki Found Guilty on 6 Felony Counts in Teenager Family Abduction Case!

July 28, 2016

Sandra Grazzini Rucki Found Guilty

This just in from MissinginMinnesota’s Twitter Account, Sandra Grazzini has been found guilty of 6 of 8 counts of Felony Deprivation of Child Custody. She was found not guilty of 2 counts of causing her children to be runaways. She was taken into custody and required to post $100K for bail with no conditions/$50K with conditions. She previously rejected two plea deals, offered to save her former spouse and her children the trauma of the trial.



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Breaking: Dakota County Jury Now Deliberating in Sandra Rucki Criminal Trial

July 27, 2016
Sandra Rucki, Mugshot

Sandra Rucki – On Trial

A Dakota County Jury is now deliberating in the Teenager Family Abduction Criminal Trial of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki. She has been charged with 8 Felony Counts which include Felony Deprivation of Custodial/Parents Rights (Conceal Minor), Deprivation of Custodial/Parental Rights (Take Minor) (Court Order) (From Parent) and Deprivation of Custodial/Parental Rights (Cause Minor to be a Runaway).

The Judge in the case is Judge Karen Asphaug and the prosecutor is Kathryn Keena. The trial started on Monday, July 18, 2016.

Update: The jury deliberations have ended for the day and will re-start on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8:30AM CDT.


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Case of Lakeville mom accused of hiding girls goes to jury July 27, 2016

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Why Dakota County Must Find Sandra Rucki Guilty in Teenager Family Abduction

July 26, 2016
Sandra Rucki, Mugshot

Sandra Rucki – Parental Kidnapper

In the next several days, Assistant Dakota County Prosecutor Kathryn Keena will start her closing arguments in the Teenager Family Abduction Case of the State of Minnesota County of Dakota vs. Sandra Sue Grazzini Rucki. We have an enormous amount of admiration, respect and confidence in Prosecutor Keena. We understand she has previously argued a case in the United States Supreme Court. The guilty verdict in this case and the attempt by Sandra Rucki and her small group of supporters to legalize parental kidnappings will have a significant impact on future Missing Children’s Cases in America.

In Sandra Rucki’s divorce, she was not willing engage in coparenting or joint custody  of her children. She continued to do everything possible to interfere with the custody of her children. As a flight attendant she could have easily agreed to joint custody and have merely gone on her with life with her new boyfriend. She could have made the most her custody time with her children and even used the hundreds of thousands of dollars she received in an inheritance in providing for her children.

Instead, Sandra Rucki did what a handful of moms do. She found the protective parent or family court critic movement and a group of supporters to assist her in sending her teenage daughters “underground“. In Sandra Rucki’s case, she found Dede Evavold and eventually Gina and Doug Dahlen to assist her in kidnapping them.

For almost 2 years, Sandra Rucki denied knowing where her children were and eventually went into hiding to Florida, to a vacation resort. She cut off her custody time with her three other children. And she now wants us to believe that during those two years, she did not contact her two teenage daughters in hiding.

In these protective parent trials, the protective mom like Sandra will say just about anything to be found not guilty. In her protest of her Family Court system case, she believes she has a license to commit perjury. After a divorce, as Family Courts move in the direction gender equality and joint custody or coparenting, the courts want parents to share custody. Protective moms like Sandra Rucki are use to getting what they want and are unwilling to take any other outcome. In most of these cases, they push the limits and tolerance of the Family Court Judge that judge eventually orders a major change in the custody. And in this case, the two teenage daughters, an order was given for them to live with their aunt. That’s when Sandra Rucki send the children into hiding.

Social Scientists have studied family abductions and in most of the cases, the motive is anger and revenge and not love for the children. In 75% of the cases, they found that a family member or friend knew the location of the children. In this case that friend was Dede Evavold, who was one of the founders of the Minnesota Protective Parent Organization.

The Protective Protective/Family Court Critic Movement or cause has been around since the ’80s with cases like Elizabeth Morgan and Faye Yager of the Children of the Underground. But in Sandra Rucki’s jury trial, those names will not be mentioned. That’s because Assistant Dakota County Prosecutor Kathryn Keena has also decided to prosecute the conspirators Dede Evavold, Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen. That decision is unprecedented because in most of these cases the conspirators are in other states or countries. Since the members of the network are also charged, they are not out publicizing their cause to the media.

Since the ’90s, the Protective Parent Movement has wanted to create a network of attorneys, exert witnesses, child abuse professionals and activists to help protective moms theoretically write their former spouse out of their children’s lives. The belief is that once an allegation is made, maternal custody is favored over joint custody with her former spouse receiving supervised visitation only and of course she wants to receive child support payments. However, after 9-11, it became more difficult for protective moms to obtain falsified U.S. Passports.

So in Hermann, Minnesota, Gina Dahlen, a former pharmaceutical sales representative and her husband Doug Dahlen setup a horse therapy camp for children. They hid the two teenage daughters at that camp. This was an ideal hiding place for the teenagers in a remote area of Minnesota where it appears people in that small town did not ask questions about the two daughters living in that community.

For most jurors and individuals hearing about this case, they may not understand the plight of the Searching Father and his Family in this case. For almost 2 years, this family had no idea where these teenagers were. If they were even alive. There were grocery bags used at local store with the photos of the kidnapped teenagers printed on them. The Searching Family had to provide an explanation to the younger siblings where their sisters were. In the terms of a Teenager Family Abduction Case like this, Sandra Rucki and her support network played “Judge, Jury and Executioner”. Some would say that one of the most severe forms of Family Violence is a parental kidnapping.

In cases like this, Sandra Rucki had many other legal alternatives  before deciding to kidnap her children. She could have gone back to court and asked for another custody evaluation. She could have simply taken her custody time and gone back to sharing custody like Kelly Rutherford, Madonna and Guy Ritchie. But Sandra Rucki did not do that. She wanted to take her case to the media, social media and a Nationwide ABC 20/20 TV Show to tell her story. It appears she wanted to give back to the cause by taking her case to trial regardless of the impact on her children, her family and former spouse.

This week, it is up to Dakota County Assistant Prosecutor Kathryn Keena to tell the jury why Sandra Rucki needs to be found guilty on all 6 Felony Counts. She must convince the jurors that a guilty vote will protect the rights of teenage children against kidnapping like this. She must ensure that Dakota County Minnesota jurors understand their obligation to send the message to others that it will not tolerate this crime against children. This is important to deter others from committing this crime.







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