20 Year Parental Kidnapper Dorothy Lee Barnett Hires U.S. Criminal Defense Attorney

Samantha Geldenhuys, Harris Todd

“I never expected to have more love in my heart for any other person in my life and I do for my daughter. Nothing is going to change that – nothing,”  — Harris Todd


The Dorothy Lee Barnett story finally began to move forward on Thursday, 17 April 2014 in a Queensland Maroochydore Court Room. Just months after Barnett asked the public for money to support her legal defense, she has hired Criminal Defense Attorney Russell W. Mace III.

Russell Mace III

Russell Mace III – Criminal Defense Attorney for Dorothy Lee Barnett

It appears Dorothy Lee Barnett and her family now have the funds to hire Barnett’s third team of attorneys, two in Australia and now the Mace Firm that has four offices in the United States – Charleston, Miami, Myrtle Beach and New York. It was only back in November, that Barnett was claiming that she had to mortgage her house in Australia to pay for a flight to her former spouse’s funeral. Then  it was reported that she received hundreds of thousands of dollars for a TV Interview and then an online fund raising campaign. In most of these cases, the parental kidnapper will claim they are indigent so that their legal fees are paid by the Public Defender’s Office, but money will surface for a private attorney like Russell Mace III. Barnett has been incarcerated in an Australian Jail and considered a high flight risk for the 20 year parental kidnapping and passport fraud charges as she awaits extradition to the United States.

According to Russell Mace, “She has agreed to come to South Carolina, I expect her to be back here within the next two months.” Mace further elaborated “she intends to forgo any further challenges”.

Editor’s Note: In monitoring these parental kidnapping cases over the past 20 years, we anticipate that Dorothy Lee Barnett will most likely change her mind and use every possible legal alternative to fight her extradition. She will find every possible forum including the media. I sincerely doubt that she will not forgo any further challenges and the worst thing that could happen would be for her to get bail and wind up in Belize or some other foreign country. Meanwhile, the money that should be used to compensate her victims including her own daughter is going to her legal defense.

I believe it is time for Dorothy Lee Barnett to take ownership and responsibility for the horrible crime she inflicted on her own child that deprived her former spouse Harris Todd of being able to be a father. I’ve heard from many father’s that one of the most cherish and special moment’s of a man’s life is when his child is born. I am so tired of hearing excuses and criticisms from Dorothy Lee Barnett and how she was wronged by our world’s judicial system and it’s time that she tell her story in the place where it all started.

 

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12 Responses to 20 Year Parental Kidnapper Dorothy Lee Barnett Hires U.S. Criminal Defense Attorney

  1. Celeste says:

    I think it’s time that Dorothy/Alex owned up to what she did to Mr Todd and her daughter.

    • Neha says:

      NO WOMAN IN HER RIGHT MIND WILL SIDE WITH THAT ABUSER!! TO TAKE A NURSING BABY AWAY FROM HER MOM IS THE MOST ATROCIOUS THING A MAN CAN DO TO A WOMAN. IT IS MILLIONS TIMES WORSE THAN RAPE!!

      • Mary says:

        Neha, have you been sipping on the giggle juice? I ask, because your latest comment is just so over the top, and I know that you are not two sandwiches short of a picnic.

      • Celeste says:

        Neha she wasn’t a nursing baby. She was a toddler of almost a year of age.

      • Celeste says:

        And get off of your high horse Neha. The only “abusers” here are Dorothy Barnett and Faye Yeager.

      • Judith says:

        In my head, I pictured this “Neha Malla” to be a late twenty-something or early thirty-something lady of Indian/Nepalese origin, just completed a Bachelor degree in one of the Humanities disciplines, and was charged with enough passion to save the Earth, the female gender and also help liberate Palestine. I pictured this lady to be perhaps the sort of woman that you might find in a quirky cafe, sipping on a macchiato made from single-origin ethically sourced coffee beans, and planning her next backpacking adventure in some exotic part of the World.

        Nope. Not even close. Try to picture a much, much older woman of caucasian origin from Arizona named Sheila Marler. In other words, another insignificant nobody who has no influence on the matter in any capacity. Due to her insignificance and impotence, she needs to make extreme sounding posts and talk about hell and spitting.

        As I keep saying. There’s no one who isn’t a direct relative or close friend of Dorothy/Alex who has independently seen this story, has done some background research and come to the conclusion that Dorothy has experienced injustice in this matter, at any level. That is, aside from a handful of middle-aged, bitter, acidic, resentful women, who are hoping that a victory for Dorothy would somehow alleviate their own personal issues of their own. It’s the same pattern and same formula in all of these sorts of cases.

        The only possible hope is that people who support Dorothy have, is to write articles and comments in such a way, that a reader out there with Bipolar or Borderline Personality Disorder would get “triggered” when they saw the article and their severe reactions could be harnessed to use them to cause harassment towards their targets while their are in their state of mental impairment.

        Am I wrong here?

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  3. Lee, ironic huh.no it's an alias. says:

    Well it’s been 2 months. Savanna was only found through an internet tip to the fbi Linking to her facebook, as SAMantha Guldenhuys AND ANOTHER LINK TO HER STEP FATHER’s OBITUARY he died in October 2013, hence they think it was her father’s friends,that is her STEP FATHER’s friends but they’re WRONG it was an internet tip, that came from the Southern United States.
    The timing of his obituary is what helped link Alex Geldenhuys as Samantha’s mother.
    But it was the Picture, specifically the one of Samantha Geldenhuys with her brother, half-brother Reese that was sent. But that was done anonymously.
    Also the tips weren’t just sent to the FBI there were several other Facebook related tips sent to the same Agency that actually got things done, in Alberta Canada bc the same person who came up with the tips there, all relying on the internet and pictures and SUSPECTED LOCATIONS found Sigourney Chisholm’s CO VALEDICTORIAN PICTURE.
    But this person doesn’t want the drama or reward, also this person was a child minor and used other people’s emails to send these tips.
    Of course all of this could be seen as a lie bc where’s the proof in emails that would never be revealed public.
    BC this person, actually a VERY YOUNG WOMAN reserved the right of anonymity. her only regret is that it was an obituary that sealed the SUSPICION. While trailing facebooks in Australia and New Zealand oh and stumbling upon ALEXANDRA GELDENHUYS BOATING LOGGS on the internet.

    But this all just hearsay .-Sarcasm

  4. Lee, ironic huh.no it's an alias. says:

    I know all of that could be contrued as crazy so your welcome to take it down, Thanks. also I don’t even remember the password to this e-mail, it’s a throwaway. also the sigourney chisholm case actually involved a canadian girl, and those circumstances where so different from this case but even then I WAS SHOCKED at the Court Leniancy, but we’ll see how this plays out then.’
    Also have you put Nathan Slinkard’s case on your website.

    Oh and the reason this was all posted was to stick it to Faye Yaeger, you know from one SOUTHERN woman to another (IRONICALLY I was born in Charleston and raised in SC) although I’d say we’re about 2 generations apart, that is if she’s still alive, also to stick it to the Ott’s, you know the ones the MOTHER WHO RUNS HER ONE “PROTECTIVE PARENT SANCTUARY” TO THIS DAY OUT OF Oregon or Washington State, and No that’s public knowledge not an anon. tip.

    But like I said feel free to delete both these comments if you wish.

  5. Tbone says:

    Any woman who is judging Lee has no right to until you’ve walked in her shoes. If my ex husband (if I had one) lied to the court and took such drastic measures to deceive the court to win custody I believe I would do the same thing. A controlling, vindictive person is just as much an abuser as a physical abuser. Maybe when the truth comes out he can go on trial for perjury along with those who lied for him. And for the woman above who claimed the child was almost a year old and not breast feeding, what does she know? Many women continue to breast feed or provide breast milk for health reasons. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain she went through in only being able to see her baby two weekends a month. What kind of person does that to you? I hope that he is not only exposed for the deceptions and lies, but for all of the other accusations of what he has done over the years to try to find Lee and to get even with her.

    • underwatch says:

      Tbone,

      Any woman who is judging Lee has no right to until you’ve walked in her shoes. If my ex husband (if I had one) lied to the court and took such drastic measures to deceive the court to win custody I believe I would do the same thing. A controlling, vindictive person is just as much an abuser as a physical abuser. Maybe when the truth comes out he can go on trial for perjury along with those who lied for him.

      Tbone, why would you not think that Dorothy Lee Barnett is the liar here? It sounds like law enforcement and the courts don’t agree.

      And for the woman above who claimed the child was almost a year old and not breast feeding, what does she know? Many women continue to breast feed or provide breast milk for health reasons. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain she went through in only being able to see her baby two weekends a month. What kind of person does that to you?

      This father hasn’t seen his child for 20+ years because this parental kidnapped played judge, jury and executioner. What kind of person are you that doesn’t feel horrible for him?

      I hope that he is not only exposed for the deceptions and lies, but for all of the other accusations of what he has done over the years to try to find Lee and to get even with her.

      Have you heard his interviews? He was on several TV Talk Shows in the ’90s. What a horrible position as a stock broker to have to go on a television talk show to try and find your child.

      Dorothy Lee Barnett and now her daughter have put this father through more pain and suffering than anyone could imagine. Tbone, until you have walked in his shoes — you certainly don’t have the mental capacity to understand this crime.

      As I have always stated about this case, Dorothy Lee Barnett had plenty of legal alternatives before she fled. Where was her mother, father, brother and so called friends? Why wasn’t she able to confide and get assistance from at least one of them? Or maybe she did. And everyone close to Lee knows that Lee does what she wants regardless of what anyone around her thinks she should do. That is the profile of a “Parental Kidnapper”.

      The Editor

    • LOL @tbone

      Um have you seen Harris’s interview? There’s no animosity towards Dorothy for what she did. He still considers Dorothy to be Savanna’s mother no matter what the outcome of the trial is.

      With that said my point is Savanna would have been eating solid food by that time. And while I’m very aware that most mothers breast feed indefinitely most mothers stop breastfeeding at 6 months to a 1 year old.

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