Most District Attorneys in the United States have never prosecuted a Parental Kidnapping or Family Abduction Case. In 2016-17, Dakota County Minnesota Prosecutor Kathryn Keena prosecuted Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, Dede Evavold, Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen for Felony Deprivation of Child Custody. All four were found guilty and received jail sentences. Judge Karen Asphaug also sentenced Sandra Rucki and the Dahlens to jail time in day increments over a range of years. If there is any punishment that would be more appropriate for this type of crime is this form of sentencing. It allows the local Probation Department to more closely monitor the defendant after they are released from jail and results in protecting the victims of this crime.
In Parental Kidnapping cases, after the kidnapper is released from jail, in a number of cases the convicted protective parent attempted to snatch-back the child or commit the crime again. Since the convicted parental kidnapper normally goes back to Family Court to re-start the custody litigation, it provides the best possible scenario for the protective parent de-escalating the conflict. Although we have not yet seen that with Sandra Grazzini — we have seen it with other convicted protective moms. They eventually abide by the Custody Orders and make the most of their custody time with their children.
This type of sentencing should also help to motivate a recovered adult-child kidnapped to reunify with the left-behind parent. Although no court could order a reunification — all of us in the Family Abduction Community believe that Judges, Probation Officers, Parole Officers, Child Psychiatrists, Child Psychologists should encourage the convicted protective parent to support the reunification in these cases. We’ve seen in some cases the adult-child that was kidnapped is concealed even after the protective parent was arrested and convicted. The left-behind parent is never reunified with their kidnapped child.
Eventually, we would like to see harsher Family Abduction Laws in both America and other Countries. Until that time, any prosecutor that is assigned a Family Abduction Case should review this case.
Congrats to Dakota County Prosecutor Kathryn Keena and Dakota County for their efforts and results in this case!
Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen became one of the first third party accomplices to get jail time for their part in the teenager family abduction of Sandra Grazzini’s children.
During the Sentencing Hearing, their was chilling testimony by the father and the aunt about the lack of medical care provided to the teenager girls while they were underground.
As part of their sentencing, the Dahlens are prohibited from having non familial minor children stay overnight at their home.
According to http://www.missinginminnestota.com, “Judge Asphaug commended David Rucki for the pragmatic, practical, hands on realistic loving way he set about being a Dad to five children whose lives were turned upside down. She ended simply by saying “thank you.”
The decision by Doug and Gina Dahlen to plead guilty ensured that Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathy Kenna successfully prosecuted all of the people criminally charged related to the disappearance of the Rucki sisters.
Editor’s Note: The successful prosecution by Dakota County Attorney Kathy Kenna ending in 2017 is a new criminal prosecution standard for Parental Kidnapping Cases. We applaud her efforts! We encourage other prosecutors with Family Abduction Cases to review her legal work.
We also praise the efforts and patience of the father and his family in this case who have endured so much. We admire everything he and his family have done.
For more information, see www.missinginminesota.com
The story of convicted parental kidnappers Gina and Doug Dahlen and their White House Ranch facility in Hermann, Minnesota continues to unfold. The ranch is currently up for sale and it has recently been disclosed that the ranch is part of the assets of the divorce between Doug Dahlen and his former spouse. The Dahlens apparently now have to sell the ranch as part of his divorce settlement.
The Dahhlen’s held Sandra Grazzini’s teenage children for 944 days with full knowledge there was a nationwide missing children’s search for these children. Let’s hope on May 2nd when the Dahlens are sentenced that they make a public apology for their actions. If they do so, that should go a very long ways towards deterring others from committing this crime. If they do no provide this apology, then they deserve to do the time in prison. It’s important that our criminal justice system send a strong message that our nation’s courts will not tolerate parental kidnapping or family abduction. #stopfamilyabduction #stopteenagerfamilyabudction
Dede Evavold has until February 11, 2017 to pay her court fines and restitution. She also appears to be blogging about her victims.
The controversial protective parent movement is finally at its crossroads of redefining itself against “parental kidnapping”, “family abduction” and “teenager family abduction”. It sounds like the protective parent lawyers are distancing themselves from Dede Evavold.
At this point in these cases, the discussion point is: “Is the purpose of our criminal justice system to punish or rehabilitate?” In our humble opinion, and that of Dede’s sister it’s time for rehabilitation. It’s time for the Protective Parent / Family Court Critic Movement to take some ownership here and help Dede get the treatment that she needs.
Dede Evavold, one of the first parental kidnapping conspirators / protective parent movement supporters convicted in America has been released from jail. She will be on probation for 8 years and is prohibited from being around minor children and will serve part of her jail sentence over the next 8 years.
Editor’s Note: The very wise Judge is this criminal case really understood the protective parent movement and activists like Dede Evavold. Her sentencing rightfully addresses the privacy and rights of the victim children in these case that are now with the custodial father. The Family Abduction Community applauds this judge!