Dede Evavold – Protective Parent Accomplice Guilty of 6 Felony Counts

September 30, 2016

Dede Evavold Mugshot (Photo Credit: Missing in Minnesota)

There was a historic verdict this week in Dakota County Minnesota as Assistant District Attorney Kathy Keena successfully prosecuted Deirdre “Dede” Evavold for 6 Felony Counts for Deprivation of Child Custody in the Sandra Rucki Teenager Family Abduction Case. This could be the very first criminal prosecution of a protective parent movement / family court critic accomplice. In 1992, Assistant District Attorney Rose Wing of Cobb County Georgia was unable to get a guilty verdict in the trial of the infamous Faye Yager. But over two


Assistant DA Dakota County

decades later it is Assistant DA Kathy Keena that has now delivered the verdict that could finally put an end to the protective parent / family court critic movement — or the parental kidnapping of children.

Family Abduction or the kidnapping of young children is a horrific crime and once an arrested protective parent is finally caught, most District Attorneys are reticent to charge third party accomplices. The DAs normally get the felony conviction on the parent that kidnapped the child(ren) and do not take the extra step to prosecute the accomplices.

On behalf of the Family Abduction Community of Recovering and Searching Parents, their families and others involved in these cases, we congratulate Assistant DA Keena and her team at the Dakota County DAs Office and other law enforcement in this case. We have waited a very long time to see a verdict like this that will hopefully help to shut down these movements.

What’s next – will Gina and Doug Dahlen take their case to trial or will they now plead guilty to save the taxpayers the expense of a trial? Keena is now 2-0 and the Dahlens will now need to negotiate with her their plea deal. I would think the key question that remains is that will the Keena also want the Felony Charges against the Dahlens?

Dede Evavold Found Guilty of 6 Felony Counts

September 29, 2016

Dede Evavold – Found Guility

In a historic verdict and 3-day Trial, a jury found Minnesota Protective Parent Movement Advocate Dede Evavold guilty of 6 Felony Counts. She was taken into custody.

Dede Evavold, one of the former leaders of the Minnesota Protective Parents Group and outspoken Family Court Critic assisted Sandra Grazzini-Rucki in kidnapping Sandra’s two daughters. Sandra Rucki was found guilty of 4 Felony Counts of Deprivation of Child Custody earlier this year.

Rather than hire an attorney or use a public defender or plead guilty, Dede Evavold elected to represent herself (she is not a lawyer). As her close friend and attorney Michelle MacDonald did not represent her.

Editor’s Note: Wow, this is a huge step toward shutting down the protective parent movement and encouraging those Family Court Critics to not engage in kidnapping or civil disobedience. It does not appear that the Protective Parent Network of Lawyers and Expert Witnesses stepped up to help Evavold in her legal defense. After this verdict, why would any divorcing mother trust the protective parent network. This verdict and a long prison sentence for Evavold would send a strong message to protective moms that they should respect the courts and exhaust their legal remedies in these cases before electing illegal ones. WOW!


2013 Photo of Dede Evavold and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki (Video by Attorney Michelle MacDonald)

The Smoking Gun in the Dede Evavold Trial. Missing in Minnesota reports that Dede Evavold sent Sandra Grazzini-Rucki an email with the criminal statutes for deprivation of parental rights. This is thought to be the most convincing evidence against Dede Evavold. She knew exactly what the crime was and the associated risk. Tonight Dede Evavold is in jail for her part in the kidnapping of the teenagers.




Dede Evavold Protective Parent Criminal Trial Resumes

September 29, 2016

Dede Evavold

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The leader of the Children of the Underground, Faye Yager was the most notorious protective parent movement member to go on trial in the ’90s in Cobb County, Georgia. Tragically, the District Attorney Rose Wing failed to get a criminal prosecution. Over twenty years later in Hastings, Minnesota protective parent movement member Dede Evavold is being prosecuted on six felony counts of deprivation of child custody in the Sandra Grazzini Rucki case. Instead of getting the assistance of protective parent attorneys like Faye Yager did, Evavold is representing herself. She is not an attorney.

It is being reported that on Day 4 of the Trial, Evavold provided no opening statement, no witnesses, no cross examination and no objections. Evavold refuses to do anything. Evavold previously rejected a plea deal.

This makes no sense whatsoever and it sounds like Dede Evavold is daring the judge and the jury to send her to prison. Inasmuch as the protective parent network of lawyers and supporters usually steps up to defend their own, even attorney Michelle MacDonald who is seen in this video with Sandra Rucki and Michelle MacDonald is a no show.

This video was shot in 2013 by these Minnesota Protective Parent Movement / Family Court Critic Supporters. Ironically, three years later Sandra Rucki is in jail, Dede Rutherford on trial and Michelle MacDonald is running for judge. This supports our conclusion that the motive for this crime in these cases is “anger and revenge” and not for “love and protection of the child.”

Dede Evavold’s Trial to Begin

September 26, 2016

Six Felony Counts for  Deprivation of Parental Rights in Sandra Rucki Case

A historic trial begins in Dakota County, Minnesota with the Criminal trial of Dede Evavold. Dede is accused of six felony counts of Deprivation of Parental Rights with her involvement in the Sandra Rucki Family Abduction Case. The prosecution of third party “protective parent network” or “family court critic” supporters is not common since most of these co-conspirators usually reside in other states or jurisdictions. However, the kidnapped girls were found in Hermann, Minnesota and the District Attorney has also charged Evavold. Dede Evavold was one of the founders of the Minnesota Protective Parents Organization. She is shown on Youtube videos with Sandra Rucki supporting the “protective parent” / “family court critic” movement.

Sandra Rucki was found guilty earlier this year, Dede Evavold elected not to take a plea a deal with the local district attorney. Evavold does not have a lawyer and is representing herself.

Where is Evavold’s friend, attorney and judicial candidate Michelle MacDonald?

Today in court Evavold was offered a plea deal to two counts, stay of adjudication, probation of three years, jail sentence under 90 days. She did not take the deal. She has no witness list, she has not provided the state with any discovery.

Editor’s Note: As a protective parent/family court critic movement supporter and kidnapper, Dede Evavold wants to use our Criminal Court system as a form of protest. She has no regard for the costs of a jury trial to the county. She has no lawyer nor does she want one.

9/27/2016 Update: Dede Evavold’s trial began today at 1:30pm. A jury has been selected. She is still representing herself. She declined to make an opening statement.

Sandra Rucki Sentenced -Taken into Custody

September 23, 2016

Sandra Grazzini Rucki Found Guilty

Sandra Rucki was sentenced to 250 days in jail and six years probation after a jury convicted her in July 2016 of six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights. She was given 133 days credit for time served and will serve the rest of her jail sentence in 15-day increments for the next six years. She was immediately taken into custody to begin serving a 34-day jail sentence. She will serve another 15-day sentence starting on November 18, 2017. November 18 is the day her two daughters were found by law enforcement. She was ordered to pay a $944 fine, 944 is the number of days her children were missing.

Here are some quotes from the custodial father:

“It’s not about retribution,” … “It’s about being accountable … that’s all I’m looking for is accountability.”

“My words are lost on Sandy, and I have my doubts that she can even comprehend the pain and trauma she has inflicted on her children,”

“You are the reason I made it through this. You are the light at the end of every day. You are my strength, my joy, my life. I would do this again a hundred times if I had to because it would mean in the end I would have you, all five of you.”

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Editor’s Note: WOW! We applaud the efforts of this Minnesota Criminal Court, the District Attorney, this father and his supporters. We like the sentence over a number of years since it allows the criminal justice system the ability to monitor the convicted defendant. In addition, many protective moms will do their time in jail then re-start the litigious process. This sentencing certainly sends a strong message to the protective parent community on the long-term impact of this crime.

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.

#stopfamilyabduction #familyabduction #protective parent #familycourtcritic #jointcustody #coparenting

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.