Today, Genevieve Kelley made her $250,000 Cash Bail and People Magazine Staff Reporter Elaine Aradillas (@elaineja) covered the story. It included a photo of the smiling Genevieve Kelley and her supporters.
This photo of a parental kidnapper who evaded the criminal justice system is an insult to not only the missing children’s community but our nation’s Family Court System. Genevieve and her supporters are trying to make the case that if a custodial-embattled parent does not like a judge’s custody ruling, then they can take the law into their own hands and flee to another country. Anyway you look at it, what Genevieve Kelley did is wrong and she has no legal defense. Anyone who has followed these cases will see that Genevieve Kelley is creating another forum for this horrible and vindictive crime against a minor. And People.com is allowing Ms. Kelley, her attorneys and her friends/supporters to wrongfully use their publication to disparage the child’s father and his reputation. The father in this case is a physician. The proper place for this debate was in Family Law Court. I personally have no sympathy for Ms. Kelley. She had the economic means and support of her friends who raised $250K in bail money — why wouldn’t she have just taken her case back to Court.
Genevieve Kelley deserves the maximum jail time and when convicted should pay restitution to the father of all his court and search costs.
I am disgusted with People Magazine and urge the Family Abduction community to not only cancel their subscription but write their Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also contact People Reporter Elaine Aradillas on her Twitter account at https://twitter.com/elaineja.
Note: We are not posting a link to the photo because it is offensive to all Parental Kidnapping Victims and their Families.