Breaking News: Savanna Todd’s Father Speaks Out – Monday, March 10, 2014 6 p.m. ET

A Special Report: Savanna Todd’s Father Speaks to ABC News Reporter Dean Stephens – For the first time since the arrest of his former spouse Dorothy Lee Barnett, Harris Todd will be make his give his first interview to Veteran ABC News Reporter Dean Stephens. The interview will be broadcasted by ABC at 6 p.m. Eastern Time (Tuesday, March 11, 2013 8:00 AM AEST). In November 2013, Dorothy Lee Barnett was arrested in Australia for the 20 year Parental Kidnapping of Savanna Todd and for Passport Forgery. Dorothy Lee Barnett’s Extradition Case in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court is scheduled to resume this week in Australia.

Click on the Image below to view the the Video. Part 2 of this Video will on Tuesday, March 11, 2012 6 p.m. Eastern time (Wednesday, March 12, 2013 8:00 AM AEST).

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21 Responses to Breaking News: Savanna Todd’s Father Speaks Out – Monday, March 10, 2014 6 p.m. ET

  1. Celeste says:

    I hope Savanna will realize that her father will always lover her and that he always wanted what was best for her.

  2. Sonya says:

    I pray that both Lee and Samantha see this video and its balance tomorrow. This is a broken man whose only crime was wanting out of a tumultuous marriage. At this late stage he only wants to know his daughter. Is that so much to ask? Please those of you who have influence on Lee. USE IT … Mal, Bruce , Cliff try to put yourself in his shoes. He is no wealthy aristocrat, he is certainly not an abuser of any kind. I fear that if Lee continues along this path she will alienate any juror. This is not smart. Remorse and reunification is a much more sensible choice of defense. You can’t go back you can only go forward and work with what you have.

    • Ash says:

      I pray that you grow a brain and realise how wrong you are Sonya

      • Mary says:

        Oh to be 18, so worldly-wise and all-knowing!

        Ash, if you were offering an opinion on cricket, football, basketball or even volleyball or water sports, I would take notice. You would have grown up playing those sports on the Sunshine Coast, and tuned in to what is what and who is who in those sporting worlds.

        Ash, as you mature in years and life experience, you will realise what you thought were clever and informed responses in support of your friend’s mother were merely the uninformed babble of a unworldly and probably much spoilt young person still discovering his personality.

      • Ash says:

        I’ve never met Sam, Reece nor Alex (Lee) so nice try Miss Mary. Unsure where you’re getting this fact that I’m 18 too… ANother uncorrect fact but whatever you like to make you happy. Also, I’m a 23 year old girl so again, nice try Mary.

      • Mary says:

        Ash, your pretences or broadsides do not wound. The reality of this very sad matter is not about you or me or about who knows who or what. Reality in this matter is what it is, being:

        After an embittered and lengthy custody battle and trial process, Ms Barnett was not awarded custody of the daughter from the marriage. Not the only person to be in this situation. Ms Barnett then chose to follow an illegal path, rather than testing and exhausting all available legal avenues of appeal or looking for ways to eventually open doors of appeal – as everyone else has to do.

        False statements on passport applications, false documentation, falsely entering countries and the rest is illegal in probably most countries around the globe.

    • Neha says:

      this man’s crime was to separate a nursing baby from her mother!! This is crime AGAINST nature!!. I hope that guy burns in HELL!! I hope she will meet with him to spit in his face!!

      • Mary says:

        Neha, spitting in a person’s face in the country that Mr Todd’s daughter is currently residing in is classed as assault, and brings with it a criminal conviction. I would imagine it is also unacceptable and an offence in the part of the world that Mr Todd resides in, as it probably is throughout the USA and in most other countries around the globe.

        Neha, whatever your views might be, I am perplexed as to why you would encourage another person to break the law in this manner.

      • Celeste says:

        No! This man’s only crime was trying to protect his daughter from her mother who had untreated bi-polar disorder and was a danger to herself and her daughter.

      • Judith says:

        Neha Malla. What is it with you and spitting? Obviously, when things don’t go your way, you revert back to being the low class uneducated peasant that you’ve tried so hard to pretend you are not.

        After Bruce and other members of the family went to all that trouble to help arrange favourable media coverage and spend copious amounts of energy trying to spread their version story, they end up with nothing but a few maladjusted social dregs for their support.

        If it is all such a travesty of justice, why then is there not even one independent family law expert affirming what Dorothy’s support base are claiming? They all read the media, as this story would be something of interest to them in their line of work.

        After nearly 6 months of work, this is all they can manage to achieve. Pffttt.

      • forthelost says:

        Like that mother who they arrested who killed seven of her newborns? Is that okay if she was nursing another child at the time?

  3. underwatch says:

    Ash & Neha,

    Your comments show the type of “anger and revenge” that motivates most parental kidnappers. Researchers have found that the motive for parental kidnapping is not love for their child but anger and revenge against their former spouse. When individuals say they would have done what Dorothy Lee Barnett did, fully knowing they could end up in jail or prison — they certainly are not thinking of the future impact on their children. That’s why as young adults, Samantha and Reece are in this very sad predicament today. As I’ve said before, it’s time for Dorothy Lee Barnett to take full responsibility and ownership for her actions rather than continuing to blame others.

    In parental kidnapping cases, there are very few family members of the parental kidnapper that are willing to do the right thing before the kidnapping, during the kidnapping and after the kidnapping. I personally admire Sonya for speaking out and trying to convince Lee to de-escalate this situation. I really admire her for providing genuine and sincere solutions. The World needs more people like her.

    The Editor

  4. Celeste says:

    And she wasn’t a nursing baby!” She was nearly a year old.

    • forthelost says:

      Eight months, so she’d have been started on solid food about two months prior. And even if she was nursing, all that alcohol couldn’t be good for the infant.

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