Wendy Dawn Hill plead guilty to two felony counts of child concealment and received a 3 year suspended Prison Term after the court ruled she could not use the “necessity defense”. See more details on this case below.
Court gives probation to Walnut Creek woman who hid daughter from ex for 15 years
Published on Friday, November 11, 2011
By Daily Bulletin Staff Writer
MARTINEZ — For 15 years, Livermore resident Dean Click didn’t know where his daughter was — whether she was in school, or if she had any friends or family besides the mother dragging her from town to town under assumed names from the time she was 8 years old.
The moving around was to ensure she’d never see her father again.
With his second wife and stepdaughters by his side, Click watched a judge sentence his ex-wife, Wendy Hill, on Thursday to three years probation for disappearing with their 8-year-old daughter in 1995 during a bitter custody dispute.
Their greatest hope, Click family members said, is that one day Jessica — now grown — will let them into her life.
Hill, a 53-year-old Livermore woman, didn’t acknowledge Click or the women as they tearfully described the pain caused by the absence of Jessica, who wants nothing to do with them. She stands by her mother’s claim that Click molested her — an allegation investigated by Walnut Creek police and found to be “unsubstantiated, unreliable and plain not true,” deputy District Attorney Mary Blumberg said.
“It’s the most horrible feeling to know she views me as some kind of monster — the result of Wendy’s lies,” Click said. “I feel stripped and eroded of parenthood. I feel cheated.”
Hill was arrested in Southern California last year by Walnut Creek police and FBI agents, after a tip to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. At that time, Hill also accused Click of being a serial killer, Blumberg said.
The jury selection phase of Hill’s trial was nearing when on Thursday, after being denied permission to present a “necessity defense” to the jury, she took a court-offered plea deal. It calls for a suspended three-year prison sentence triggered only if she violates probation.
Hill pleaded no contest to two felony counts of deprivation of custody and was also sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 30 days’ credit for time served. She’s been jailed since September, her bail revoked after having missed two court dates Read Full Article…