Editor’s Note: This show aired on 12/06/2015. See the comments.
Dorothy Lee Barnett plead guilty and is now a convicted felon for Parental Kidnapping. She kidnapped a very young innocent child and deprived her Yale-educated former spouse of his parenting rights. She has shown no remorse for her crime and has alienated the now adult-child from ever wanting to have a relationship with her biological father. She was spared a 20 year prison term by the Judge and District Attorney in South Carolina. The Family Abduction Community would have wanted to have seen the full 20 year sentence including the U.S. Passport fraud charges.
On Saturday, November 14, 2015 Dorothy Lee Barnett, the former flight attendant that never finished college will tell her pathetic story to CBS 48 Hours. The previous stories covered by CBS almost always tell the story from the mother’s perspective. They rarely interview a social scientist that would tell you that the motive for this crime is “anger and revenge” against the other parent, and not “love and protection” of the child.
In the likes of Jerry Springer, shows like CBS 48 Hours love to have criminally prosecuted and guilty individuals like Dorothy Lee Barnett tell their stories on National Television in the U.S. In some countries like Australia, these guilty inviduals get paid by the TV Shows (Barnett received hundreds of thousands of dollars from an Australian TV Show, that most likely went to her attorneys rather than Savanna). Barnett is more than likely going on the show to try and publicize her way to a future book deal since she will probably never work another day in her life with her Felony conviction.
We also will get to hear a few sound bites from Protective Parent supporter Bruce Michell. This guy is still hunting for the missing documents that prove Barnett’s innocence that of course would have prevented her from pleading guilty. With supporters like Bruce Michell and other supports, their unconditional support for anyone that kidnaps an innocent child is truly mystifying.
What we won’t hear on CBS is that Australia has a law preventing parents in custody disputes from posting photos of missing children. In fact it’s a crime to post a photo of a missing child in a Family Abduction. That’s more than likely one of the reasons Dorothy Lee Barnett was able to hide in Australia. In addition, Australians have not yet established a national missing children’s organization like the U.S. Department of Justice funded National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
We really hope that Dorothy Lee Barnett and Savanna don’t think they are in anyway interesting to TV viewers in the United States like the Kardashians. They are not and will never be. And if CBS does not show Dorothy Lee Barnett as the pathetic kidnapper she is, then what an insult it will be to the thousands of searching parents in not only in the United States but the World. Maybe someday some producer of this show will have a family member or friend impacted by the horrible crime, and only then will they realize how they got the story wrong.
The CBS 48 Hours show was produced by Liza Finley, Ryan Smith, Peter Schweitzer, Senior Producer and Susan Zirinsky, Senior Executive Producer.
Editor’s Note: In 1997, CBS featured a story on a similar case. The mother plead guilty and the custodial father raised the child. We believe CBS got that story wrong from the beginning and even might have indiretly aided and abetted the mother in this crime. Some of us allege that without CBS and their story, the mom may never had kidnapped the son to Europe.
Dateline also aired the story in August 2015 and interviewed the father. See that video.