February 2, 2017
Dede Evaold (Photo: Twitter)
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.
January 30, 2017
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!
January 27, 2017
Elaine Yates – Federal Parental Kidnapping Charges
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin’s has minimized the crime of Parental Kidnapping and Family Abduction. It’s apparent that the lobby and special interest groups have put pressure on him not to charge Elaine Yates. In the decision not to charge her, it’s hopeful that the U.S. Attorney will step up and investigates Yates for crimes she must have committed while in hiding. Did she pay taxes? Is she guilty of identity theft? Did she commit forgery?
January 24, 2017
Gina Dahlen – Arrested
Doug Dahlen – Arrested
The Horse & Gina Dahlen
Gina Dahlen and Scott Dahlen, the owners of White Horse Ranch in Hermann, Minnesota plead guilty to one count of depravation of parental rights for their role in the Teenager Family Abduction of the Rucki girls
Both of the Dahlens admitted in court that they knew the teenagers’ father had been awarded custody of all five of his children in November 2013. The girls were held for 942 days. The Dahlens admitted they knew he had custody and failed to contact the father or law enforcement. The Dahlens had been charged with six felony counts.
It is unclear of the Dahlens were charged with a Felony. They testified against both Sandra Rucki and Dede Evavold.
Gina and Doug Dahlen will be sentenced on April 3, 2017 at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.
The horse did not plead guilty.
January 23, 2017
Protective Mom Elaine Yates (alias Liana Waldberg) hid underground for over 30 years. She had to have received assistance from various protective parent supporter groups. In the past, some of the support has come from the Domestic Violence Shelters which were well funded after the Violence Against Women Act of 1994(VAWA). During that era, there was an abundance of funds available for these groups. In past cases, there have been a number of shelter workers or volunteers directly involved in kidnapping. There were also a number of loosely connected religious groups with the cases in Mississippi and in later years some of the Unitarian Universalists Churches that have supported protective parents.
Let’s hope Federal Law Enforcement assists the local Rhode Island District Attorneys Office to understand who helped Liana Walldberg. There are still a significant number of unsolved protective parent cases. Those children rightfully deserve to know their birth father and his family.
January 19, 2017
The Domestic Violence community has convinced some junior reporter that Domestic Violence was not a crime in 1988. Why didn’t they take the time to get a quote from a criminal attorney on this rather than a domestic violence advocate with likely no professional or licensed credentials. Why wouldn’t assault be crime in 1988?
The County Judge in this case released Elaine Yates and hasn’t even chared her former spouse George Rapier. The media really needs to do some research on this case. Rapier was Yates’ underground spouse and should also be culpable for this crime — although many of us in the Family Abduction Community would speculate that George Rapier was the one that turned in Yates (for immunity from prosecution).
The sooner the victim father in this case is reunifed with now adult children the better. If not, then it’s likely Yates committed other crimes such as income tax evadtion, fraud and possibly some other federal crimes.
The judge in this case should be ashamed of himself in minimizing a 30 year parental kidnapping. The protective parent movement started in the Northeast and there has always been an attempt to further this case.
What the father in this case really needs is a civil attorney to file a lawsuit aginst his former spouse for millions of dollars. This mother must compensate this parental kidnapper for her crime.
January 18, 2017
Elaine Yates, Parental Kidnapper
Elaine Yates (alias Liana Lynn Waldberg) eluded law enforcement for 30 years. She was said to have once been in New Zealand with her daughters. She apparently lived in an affluent neighborhood in Houston. Let’s hope the judge in Rhode Island does not give her bail and lets her spend time in jail for her crime.
In long-term parental kidnapping cases, the law has not yet been changed to allow longer criminal sentencing. In this case, Elaine Yates played Judge, Jury and Executioner to her former spouse’s custody rights. She deserves to spend 30 years in prison for her crime.
In addition, it’s time for any third party conspirators that initially helped Elaine Yates be prosecuted. We have always heard that Faye Yager, of The Children of the Underground had assisted Elaine Yates. Possibly Yates could get a reduced sentence for giving up the identity of those that assisted her.
In this new era of coparenting and joint custody, you can’t have parents like Elaine Yates kidnapping their children in these cases. In some of the previous cases, some of the small city District Attorney did not want to prosecute these cases. Let’s hope the District Attorney is this Rhode Island County fully prosecutes Elaine Yates for her crime.
Editor’s Note: We are praying for the victim adult children in this case and hope that they will soon reunify with their father.