Breaking News: Dorothy Lee Barnett Finally Behind Bars in the United States of America

Dorothy Lee Barnett

The Family Abduction Community is applauding the efforts of the United States and Australian Governments as we have just learned that Dorothy Lee Barnett is finally behind bars in the Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Above in the mugshot of Dorothy Lee Barnett in her grey and white jail outfit. That’s the outfit that is worn by captured International Parental Kidnappers.

Here’s what we have learned about Dorothy Lee Barnett’s arrest:

  • Dorothy Lee Barnett arrived in Charleston, South Carolina, USA on Friday, September 26, 2014 from Australia. Upon her arrival, she looked around for family or friends and there was no one present at the court house.
  • The 54-year old Barnett is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston, SC.
  • She is being charged with International Parental Kidnapping and Passport Falsification in United States Federal Court.
  • She entered a plea of not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Bristow Marchant.
  • Her lawyer is Russell W Mace III has delayed any bond or bail hearing.

Since Dorothy Lee Barnett has a personal lawyer, we do not believe she will claim she is indigent and request representation by a public defender. In many of these cases, a public defender is called in so that defense costs would be paid by the state rather than the accused and the accused family members. It appears that the defense will be wanting to bring in witnesses and expert witnesses from outside the the United States. In most situations, these witnesses have no knowledge of the case. Other than the Passport Forgery, the crime was committed in Charleston, South Carolina and we doubt any of these witnesses have any factual evidence to add to the case. In similar cases, there are usually fund raising drives by supporters of the accused and local non-profit organizations wanting to publicize their cause. We hope that these groups remember that this is a “parental kidnapping” and “passport fraud case”.

DOROTHY LEE BARNETT VIDEO BY ABC NEWS 4 IN CHARLESTON 

See the video of Dorothy Lee Barnett by Dean Stephens of ABC News.

ABC News Video - Dorothy Lee Barnett

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FORUMS

The rhetoric has started on some of the news sites by Dorothy Lee Barnett’s supporters.

ABC News 4 Comments 

  • Bruce J Michell – He’s been missing in action for a long time. If you read his comments as we’ve seen in other cases, it appears as if Dorothy Lee Barnett and her supporters are expanding their story. In most cases, defense attorneys will tell future witnesses to not talk to the media. However, in the comments section of the ABC News Site, Bruce seems to be providing the federal prosecutor with the entire defense. His recent comments post seems to contain many new allegations.
  • Some supporters talk about the father using his wealth and power to track down the parental kidnapper. This particular statement is insensitive to the plight of all searching parents. These supporters don’t seem to understand how parents with kidnapped children will virtually spend all of their life savings to find their children. Tragically, many do not have the funds to search for their child.
  • Dorothy Lee Barnett must be found guilty and serve the maximum time in prison to there to be justice in this case. If a parent doesn’t agree with a court order, they should go back to court and keep going back to court. They can’t put themselves about the law and kidnap their child.
  • There are some commenters who would like to believe that if the accused were to break the law, kidnap her child, move to another country – she should be innocent. According to the research, the motive in these cases is anger and revenge toward their former spouse and not love or protection of their child.

Dorothy Lee Barnett had so many reasonable legal alternatives before she committed this crime. She’s a parental kidnapper and doesn’t appear to have a track record for accepting custody laws involving young children. If she is given bail and goes on the lam again, that would not surprise us. This is an important case that the Family Abduction Communities will be closely following in the upcoming months.

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21 Responses to Breaking News: Dorothy Lee Barnett Finally Behind Bars in the United States of America

  1. The case of Kristin Ruggerio noted on your site is applicable to the Dorothy Lee Barnett story, except for gender reversal. The facts are different but the principles underpinning the facts are accurate. As with Ruggerio’s husband, Lee was falsely accused, the husband fabricated evidence and knowingly presented false evidence to the court. He committed several acts of perjury involving sworn documents. He did not act alone and there is the psychiatrist, the GAL and custody evaluator involved. In this case and over the past 20 years, he has treated the media as gormless fools, the FBI as plodding chumps. As in Ruggerio’s case, once the details are presented, I wonder whether the system will treat him with the outrage that has been directed at Lee for the past 20 years. Parental kidnapping is a bad thing but every case has its own set of facts which few can investigate. In this case, there happens to be a considerable mound of evidence. Time will tell, but not all is as has been presented over the past 20 years.

    • underwatch says:

      Bruce, can you explain your statement about in the comments section on one of the news sites about fire at the house of the mother of Dorothy Lee Barnett? It sounds like you are the one trying to fabricate evidence.

      The Editor

      • Hi Ed, just keep your eyes open, the facts are about to emerge.

      • underwatch says:

        Hi Bruce,

        We have followed many of these cases before they go to trial or the defendant agrees to plead guilty. In all these cases, the script is pretty much the same. The defendant and her supporters will enlarge their story adding or fabricating new details. Since witnesses usually are not charged with perjury, there are those individuals like you that will pretty much say anything if you think it will help the defendant be found not guilty. Then there is always the smoking gun documents or evidence that are going to “emerge”. I’ve found in following these cases that if this evidence existed, then there would have been no reason for her to commit this crime and kidnap a child for 20 years from the child’s biological parent and his family.

        For the U.S. Passport fraud charges, it sounds to me like a crime that is impossible to defend. If her life was so great or amazing in Australia — why would she did a U.S. Passport.

        – The Editor

      • Sorry Ed, my earlier reply was a little tart. I’m not really fighting with you, but your site seems to operate on a single principle, to the exclusion of the factual matrix in each case. As a statement of principle, I do not support parental kidnapping where one party is simply aggrieved that he/she did not get the preferred result. In these cases, the judges have a very difficult job, to measure the competing interests of people who are not inclined to compromise or concede. However, at all times, I support the parent who acts to protect their child from an abusive or vengeful parent. You may or may not know that there have been several instances in Australia, where fathers, granted custody of their young children have; 1. thrown them from the Westgate Bridge (she was 3 yrs old); 2. Strapped them into a car and then driven them into a dam and drowned the 3 little boys; and 4. Bashed their 11 year old son to death with a cricket bat, in front of their estranged wife. In each case, the wife was the custodial parent and the husbands acted to punish their wife. I am very aware that in the US there are similar but different laws to those in my country. I do however know that power, influence and above all money, will make a difference in any litigation, let alone the tragedy of divorce and custody, where the most primal fears of the opponents are laid bare. In the Lee Barnett case, there are very many people from all over the world who have provided documentation repudiating the accusations made against her by her ex-husband. As you know, she has left our jurisdiction and is incarcerated in the US. She left with an undiminished reputation of honesty and good character. According to the FBI, her prison report was faultless. As I have indicated, there is much evidence in the trial transcript and associated documentation to indicate substantial wrongdoing during the trial and aftermath, by a number of persons. The accusations made against Lee were nothing more than false. That will be a matter for your authorities and I suspect they will be annoyed to know that they have been hoodwinked over the years and have spent many agent hours and budget dollars, on finding a women fleeing a fraud on the US legal system. Those matters will emerge.
        I look forward to your comments.

        Cheers

      • underwatch says:

        Sorry Ed, my earlier reply was a little tart. I’m not really fighting with you, but your site seems to operate on a single principle, to the exclusion of the factual matrix in each case.

        As a statement of principle, I do not support parental kidnapping where one party is simply aggrieved that he/she did not get the preferred result. — Bruce J. Michell

        Wow Bruce, this is the first time I believe you have publicly admitted this. So it sounds like if Lee left Charleston out of anger and revenge toward Harris and because the Charleston Family Court didn’t give her sole custody of Savannah — then you believe she should be found guilty. You have described the crime of “Parental Kidnapping”.

        In these cases, the judges have a very difficult job, to measure the competing interests of people who are not inclined to compromise or concede.

        In the United States, it’s not just the Family Court Judge that decides. In the ’90s during the custody dispute, there is a court appointed evaluator and an evaluation that both parties and their attorneys agree to. Both went through psychological testing as part of that evaluation. The standard back then was “best interests of the child”. And in this case, there was a trial that apparently Lee did not not show much respect for the judge or the Family Court System.

        However, at all times, I support the parent who acts to protect their child from an abusive or vengeful parent.

        In the parental kidnapping charge, this is usually called the “Necessity Defense” and I understand that standard is did Lee exhaust here legal remedies before she fled. For looking at this case, it doesn’t sound like it.

        You may or may not know that there have been several instances in Australia, where fathers, granted custody of their young children have; 1. thrown them from the Westgate Bridge (she was 3 yrs old); 2. Strapped them into a car and then driven them into a dam and drowned the 3 little boys; and 4. Bashed their 11 year old son to death with a cricket bat, in front of their estranged wife. In each case, the wife was the custodial parent and the husbands acted to punish their wife. I am very aware that in the US there are similar but different laws to those in my country. I do however know that power, influence and above all money, will make a difference in any litigation, let alone the tragedy of divorce and custody, where the most primal fears of the opponents are laid bare. In the Lee Barnett case, there are very many people from all over the world who have provided documentation repudiating the accusations made against her by her ex-husband. As you know, she has left our jurisdiction and is incarcerated in the US. She left with an undiminished reputation of honesty and good character. According to the FBI, her prison report was faultless. As I have indicated, there is much evidence in the trial transcript and associated documentation to indicate substantial wrongdoing during the trial and aftermath, by a number of persons. The accusations made against Lee were nothing more than false. That will be a matter for your authorities and I suspect they will be annoyed to know that they have been hoodwinked over the years and have spent many agent hours and budget dollars, on finding a women fleeing a fraud on the US legal system. Those matters will emerge.
        I look forward to your comments.

        In these cases, the only real evidence in the case is what occurred prior to Lee leaving Charleston. If I were a juror, I would think that the Evaluator and the Family Court Judge’s Order would be most trustworthy evidence. I wouldn’t put much reliability on any new evidence by Lee’s friends and family.

        For the U.S. Passport Charges, it doesn’t sound like there is ANY legal defense for passport fraud charges. And in my opinion, there should never be. In these cases, the sole narcissistic act of the parental kidnapper costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. And defendants like Lee and now possibly her daughter crave the attention given to them. I would really like to see Lee apologize to the court, to Harris and her daughter. Ask for forgiveness of the court and publicly encourage her daughter to reunite with her biological father. In the words of Dale Carnegie:

        “If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.”
        – Dale Carnegie

        The Editor

    • Neha says:

      RIGHT ON, Bruce!! This man is evil. He separated a nursing infant from her mother. No normal loving mother would tolerate this non-sense!! Even if she gets convicted, and I really hope she doesn’t, that man will never get the love of his daughter by putting her mom behind bars!! She will hate him even more!! I hope he burns in hell together with the judge who ruled that Dorothy has to see her newborn every other weekend!! This is BEYOND cruel!!

      • underwatch says:

        Neha,

        You simply don’t get it. Harris Todd did not put Dorothy Lee Barnett behind bars, Dorothy Lee Barnett put herself behind bars. Furthermore, a victim does not press charges for Parental Kidnapping and U.S. Passport Fraud, the United States Department of Justice does. The law are in place to deter others from committing these horrible crimes against children.

        How would you feel Neha if your child or grandchild were kidnapped for 20 years. Maybe someday you or your child will walk in Harris Todd’s shoes as a 20 year victim of a parental kidnapping. Thankfully, there are many adult children that were eventually able to decipher truth in these cases and have reunified with their searching parent. We are hoping Savanna will get there soon. Meanwhile, thanks to the law enforcement and our judicial system, a criminal verdict with maximum prison time for Dorothy Lee Barnett should deter other from committing this horrible crime against an innocent child.

        Neha, you want to see Dorothy innocent because you believe in maternal custody and because she is a woman, not because you believe that one year old children need to be protected. In this world of free speech, you are entitled to your ignorant position.

        Hey Neha, did you finish Secondary School (high school) or did you drop out? You certainly didn’t attend any University!

        The Editor

      • And for the last time Neha Savanna WASN’T A NURSING BABY! SHE WAS A TODDLER!

    • hammy64000 says:

      Bruce, trying to reason with these people is the mistake I made. I participated here because I thought this was all a misunderstanding but my name and picture have been associated with Naha’s account and I’ve been dragged through the mud for my troubles. Further, the editor refuses to help me. Therefore, I can only assume that this blog is not the result of a misunderstanding at all. It is an ideological battle.

      I think it may have been someone here who commented on my blog. His ID was Truth Teller and he was sickly sweet and at the same time mean in everything he said. I now know he was also wrong about the facts of the case. I deleted his posts because he was running a little pre-trial in the comments section. I think that made him mad and that’s why he used my name and picture here.

  2. underwatch says:

    Hey Bruce Michell,

    Did Dorothy Lee Barnett’s Attorney Russell W. Mace III, tell you to quit posting comments on the Internet if you expect to testify at the trial.

    BTW, Bruce we don’t believe you have anything to testify about. Her “Necessity Defense” that she fled to protect her child from the court system’s verdict and committed passport forgery because she didn’t trust the United States Court System is a pathetic defense. Any testimony while she was in hiding in Australia is not relevant to the case.

    – The Editor

    • Neha says:

      necessity is not strong enough word to describe this woman’s dire situation!! She had to do what she had to do to protect her child. It’s similar to self-defense defense.

  3. Concerned says:

    Barnett did not leave Australia with an undiminished reputation of honesty and good character. She entered Australia on a false New Zealand passport and then accessed services, payments and rights that are only afforded to New Zealand citizens.

    • I would also like to point out that the International Parental Kidnapping and passport fraud charges against Miss Barnett are federal charges so Mr Todd couldn’t drop them even if he wanted to.

      • underwatch says:

        Celeste,

        You are correct. That’s something that the Australian Media as well as Dorothy Lee Barnett’s supporters don’t understand. It’s not like a U.S. Citizen can press charges against a defendant for Passport Fraud. These are Federal Charged filed by a U.S. Attorney.

        The Editor

  4. Editor,

    Still these are Australian federal charges. Passport fraud and International Parental Kidnapping. Which means that the people who are suggesting that Mr Todd drop the charges, and I’m certainly not suggesting any such thing, he can’t drop the charges because a crime was committed on Australian soil.
    So those two charges can’t be dropped by Mr Todd alone? Am I correct in saying so?

  5. Neha says:

    Dear Editor, your barbaric insults only reflect on YOUr character. I have a Master’s degree, if that is important to you. You are wrong that I believe in maternal custody. I believe a child must have a happy healthy family. But in today’s world, it’s a luxury. In this situation, the child was so young!! Although you say she was not nursing, this is not what is written in many sources. However, that is not even the point here. To separate a child from his/her mother is so damaging!! The ultimate child abuse took place when the kid was separated from her mother. I think that was absolutely atrocious. This mother did what any sane mother would!!

    • underwatch says:

      Dear Editor, your barbaric insults only reflect on YOUr character. I have a Master’s degree, if that is important to you. You are wrong that I believe in maternal custody. I believe a child must have a happy healthy family. But in today’s world, it’s a luxury. In this situation, the child was so young!! Although you say she was not nursing, this is not what is written in many sources. However, that is not even the point here. To separate a child from his/her mother is so damaging!! The ultimate child abuse took place when the kid was separated from her mother. I think that was absolutely atrocious.

      Dorothy Lee Barnett’s custody case with her former spouse sounds very much like many other custody cases. When parents separate and the child is very young, there are many like you in our society that believe that the child belongs to the mother and our courts shouldn’t award joint custody or co-custody (maternal custody, tender years doctrine). Neha, it sounds like that’s what you believe in.

      In the United States
      “Tender years doctrine was also frequently used in the 20th century being gradually replaced towards the end of the century, in the legislation of most states, by the “best interests of the child” doctrine of custody. Furthermore, several courts have held that the tender years doctrine violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. – Wikipedia”

      In Europe
      “The Tender Years doctrine was gradually abolished in the majority of the states of the EU. In those states the joint custody is the rule after divorce or the separation of the parents.”

      There is some research that has been published that some mothers might consider it an “insult” as a woman if they didn’t have sole custody of their child.

      After a Family Court Trial, a Family Court Judge might be so frustrated with a parent’s lack of respect for the Family Court that to protect that child, they would award custody to the father. They believed that the Ivy League Educated father would ensure that the child’s rights were protected. It sounds like this father had a loving family of the child’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that would also ensure the child was considered first. Despite the custodial-embattled mother’s beach cottage in the exclusive Isle of Palms Community in Charleston, South Carolina with beaches nearly as picturesque as the Australian Sunshine Coast — the former Airline Flight Attendant wasn’t yet ready to settle down. So she was going to take her anger and revenge out on not only that Family Court Judge but the father of his child and her entire family. I think what Dorothy really wanted was sole custody of Savanna and the right to live anywhere in the World and a monthly check.

      This mother did what any sane mother would!!

      Neha, parental kidnapping is never what any reasonable and sane human being should ever do.

      If Dorothy or Lee was such an amazing mother, where were her friends and family back then? They should have said, “Lee don’t run, stick around and prove to the judge that you should have joint custody”. If you run, you will eventually get caught and you will go to prison.

      That’s pretty much where we are today and that’s why Dorothy Lee Barnett is behind bars.

      The Editor

  6. Neha says:

    To the Editor: And yes, I know Todd has not literally put her behind doors. Perhaps I should have use quotation marks. Yet, I believe if he was a real man he did not push for solo custody to begin with!! A true man would NEVER separate a child from her/his mother!! Even if that mother is a drug user or otherwise unfit mother… A true man would help such a woman. You can all talk about equality but we all come from the mother’s womb, NOT the father’s. There is and ALWAYS will be that special connection we have with the Mother!!

    Also if you read research, most of the time it is abusive men who fight for sole custody!!

    • Neha,

      Dorothy Lee did psychological damage to her daughter by not allowing her to have a relationship with her father. By doing that she committed a crime against her daughter.
      If Dorothy “loved” her daughter as much as she says she did then she wouldn’t have breached the custody order and took her daughter out of the country.
      Taking a child from his/her country of origin and then hiding them for 20 years does more psychological damage than if the custodial parent moved away somewhere without telling the non-custodial parent.
      Harris did say that he doesn’t care if he ever sees his ex-wife ever again but he knows that’s Savanna’s mother no matter what the outcome of the trial is?
      Does that sound like a man who wanted to do harm to his child? think not.

    • forthelost says:

      You must be opposed to adoption, then.

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