Is Australia Channel 7 Reporter Laura Sparkes Fairly Reporting this Parental Kidnapping Story?

At what point does the media fairly report the news and at what point do they become the news? That’s the problem we see with Laura Sparkes reporting of the Laura Sparkes, Controversial Reporter, AustraliaDorothy Lee Barnett 20 Year Parental Kidnapping Case. Reporter Laura Sparkes has introduced herself into the story, almost taking part in the parental alienation in her reporting of this story. She has injected herself into the now adult child victim’s life as part of a really disgraceful form of a Television Reality Show.

Over the past 20 years, we have followed the cases of these underground moms that kidnap their children. What is similar in these cases is that the parental kidnapping mothers and their family are self-centered attention seekers. They believe that a different set of rules apply to them then other members of society. We saw this in the early ’90s when Faye Yager talked about Dorothy Barnett’s case on a TV Talk Show. Let’s face it, the father was invited to appear on this show, he didn’t convince these producers to do this show, they were telling Dorothy’s story. At that time, Yager took responsibility for aiding in Dorothy Lee Barnett’s kidnapping of Savanna. Next, we followed the mother in the controversial Children of the Underground story by Pittsburgh Post Reporter McKenzie Carpenter and Photographer Allan Detrich. This Duo hoped to win a pulitzer for this story. Detrich was present at several parental kidnappings and took photographs of several of those abductions. At the time, we thought that was unethical. It was our feeling that some of those parental kidnapping would not have taken place if the media was not involved. Allan Detrich was later fired by the Toledo Blade News Organization and publicly reprimanded by the National Press Photographers Association for digitally altering numerous photos, a code of ethics violation in photo journalism.

Here are some Parental Kidnapping Statistics in Australia that we haven’t seen in any of Laura Sparkes’ coverage of this case.

“Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show about 2.5 million Australians are currently denied access to family members because of family-law proceedings.”

“International kidnappings of Australian children are steadily rising, a tragic consequence of the growth in cross-cultural relationships. According to the federal Attorney-General’s Department, 163 parents sought their abducted child’s return using the Hague Convention last financial year, up from 146 parents two years ago. It’s the highest rate of international child abductions a year of anywhere in the world.”

We noticed that Laura Sparkes has not taken the time to tell the plight of Family Abduction victims and the horrible and emotional impact it has on children. Rather than have the young adult victim say she wasn’t a victim, how about interviewing an expert in this field? Laura Sparkes, if you would like a list of people to interview, we could supply you with one.

Finally, in our quest to find photos of parentally kidnapped children in Australia, we found that it is illegal to identify children involved in custody disputes in Australia.  Australia requires a Publication Order to publish a picture of a child that has been parentally kidnapped. Getting a Solicitor or an Attorney to get a Recover Order and then a Publication requires a searching parent to spent a significant amount of money.

We would think that these are far greater issues to Australian law-abiding citizens than the story of Dorothy Lee Barnett.

Reference

Please to catch mums and dads on the run (The Telegraph News, March 14, 2010)

Child recovery specialist: on the hunt (The Sydney Morning Herald, Oct. 7, 2012)

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6 Responses to Is Australia Channel 7 Reporter Laura Sparkes Fairly Reporting this Parental Kidnapping Story?

  1. unbiased says:

    And now a politician who is hearing one side of the story backs a woman who abducted her child.
    He states “the judge got it wrong” – Wow I wonder which of Lee’s supporters gave him that information.
    http://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/21304697/qld-mp-supports-family-of-savanna-todd/
    Well Mal ,bigger fool you !

    • Mary says:

      Unbiased, it would be the out there Dorothy/Alex supporter who lives in Mal Brough’s electorate. Mountain Creek is in the electorate of Fairfax, not in Mal Brough’s electorate of Fisher.

      So, is the Member for Fisher a personal friend or golf /yachting/or some other club friend of the out there Dorothy/Alex supporter who lives in Mal Brough’s electorate? If not, is there anyone who can shed light on why the Federal Member for Fisher has taken it upon himself to take more than a passing interest in a matter involving a resident in another electorate?

    • Drew says:

      “Unbiased” since you know her nickname as Lee you obviously knew of the case back then. Clearly outlining the fact that you were part of the UNJUST ruling set 20years ago.

      • underwatch says:

        Drew,

        The Family Court in America actually got it right. The Judge and evaluators correctly concluded that Dorothy Lee Barnett would not share custody. Unfortunately, they should have mandated supervised visitation in a secure facility to protect Savanna’s right to have both parents involved in her life.

        Someday, you may find yourself with court ordered supervised visitation. Your divorcing spouse’s might be alleging that you might be a risk to kidnap your child. If that were the case, then you would be able to thank Dorothy Lee Barnett for not being able to have custody time with your child outside if a guarded room.

        Drew, I can’t believe you are so naive to believe that a parental kidnapping website would have anything to do with a family court custody case. Most divorcing parents know nothing about parental kidnapping until after the kidnapping.

  2. Bill says:

    Well I had my Son removed from Canada under a fraud in 1989 during and immigration. The Mother removed the son then divorced the Father-me a few months after arriving there. I was then told by the Attorney-General’s office in Australia..”Mothers’ can’ kidnap their children but Fathers can”-really. They-(the court) awarded custody to the Mother. My Son in now alienated from me.

    Thanks Australia….

    • underwatch says:

      Well I had my Son removed from Canada under a fraud in 1989 during and immigration. The Mother removed the son then divorced the Father-me a few months after arriving there. I was then told by the Attorney-General’s office in Australia..”Mothers’ can’ kidnap their children but Fathers can”-really. They-(the court) awarded custody to the Mother. My Son in now alienated from me.

      Hi Bill,

      It sounds like the courts favored “maternal custody” back in 1989 rather than today’s standard of “joint custody” or “co-parenting”. That’s really horrible that your son’s mother or your former spouse engaged in “parental alienation”.

      I have been trying to find a website in Australia that show photos of all the children that are parentally kidnapped. I am finding that Australia has a specific law that prevents children’s photo from being published on the Internet or by the media if they are involved in a Family Law Case. So if a Australian child is parentally kidnapped, it appears that the searching parent or news media can’t put the child’s photo on the Internet.

      There are so many parentally kidnapped children that are recovered solely by publishing the child’s and abducting parent’s photo. It seems law Australia may have some work to do in catching up with other countries in the World for protecting children from being parentally kidnapped. I am also shocked to find that they do not have a centralized Missing Children’s Organization like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.

      Maybe Savanna Todd’s story will help to push Australians to re-evaluate to current laws for protecting the rights of children and both parents. I find it very difficult to believe that their system has not changed so much from 1989 when your rights as a parent were not protected. Your son had a right to be raised by both parents and it saddens me to hear your story. Maybe someday in the future your son will understand what he missed out on.

      Thanks for sharing this.

      The Editor

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