Breaking: Charges Filed Against Dede Evavold, Gina & Doug Dahlen in Teenager Family Abduction

Dede Evavold

Dede Evavold – Protective Parent Network

Gina Dahlen

Gina Dahlen – Protective Parent Network

Doug Dahlen

Doug Dahlen – Protective Parent Network

In a historic Teenager Family Abduction Case in Minnesota, charges have been filed against Dede Evavold (Deirdre Elise Evavold) 51, Gina Dahlen (Gina Schmit Dahlen, 47) and Doug Dahlen (Douglas Craig Dahlen) 53. The Dahlens are the owners of White Horse Ranch in Herman, Minestoa. This is one of the few times that third party conspirators in parental kidnapping cases and the alleged members of the protective parent movement are being charged. In most Family Abduction cases, the third party conspirators are in other states or countries so prosectors have a difficult time prosecuting them. In the Rucki girls case, the children were found in the same state. Dede Evavold and the Dahlens have been charged with 2 counts of parental deprivation for their alleged role in hiding the girls.

“Concealing children and keeping them from a parent for over two and half years in violation of a court order is unconscionable,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said.

Investigators believe Dede Evavold and Sandra Rucki brought the sisters to the ranch 2 1/2 years ago. Dede Evavold is the former campaign manager for Michelle MacDonald in her unsuccessful candidacy for Judge. Evvaold is a writer for Red Herring Alert and was a leader in the local Minnesota Protective Parent Network. Her profile was recently removed at Police used Gina Dahlen’s Facebook page to confirm the photos found on Evavold’s phone were taken at White Horse Ranch.

The Rucki sisters, now 16 and 17, were sent to an out-of-state reunification therapy program earlier this month. Their father, David Rucki, declined to comment. His attorney, Lisa Elliott, said reunification therapy “is going very well.”


Ranch owners, woman charged in hiding of Rucki sisters by Brandon Stahl (Star Tribune, 12-11-2015)

Dakota County Criminal  Complaints (Dede Evavold, Gina Dahlen | Doug Dahlen) – Read the Criminal Complaints

Editor’s Note: We applaud the efforts of Dakota County in prosecuting these third party conspirators in this Family Abduction Crime. Inasmuch as this network of Family Court Critics / protective parents have their criticism of our Nation’s Family Court System, committing civil disobedience is not the solution. Sandra Rucki and her attorney Michelle MacDonald had plenty of other legal alternatives before playing Judge, Jury and Executioner in this custody case. Any initiative to create an underground network for non-custodial parents to kidnap children is Minnesota, any other state in the United States or the World is morally wrong. It is also disrespectful to those in our child protection and family law communities.

A protest for Sandra Rucki sponsored by two protective parent organizations Safe Kids International and The Women’s Coalition is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th at Sandra Rucki’s next hearing. These protective parent groups have a right to protest, but we feel that any group encouraging a teenager to stay in hiding such as they did on their Facebook page is a horrible act against a minor. These groups have some extremist views in encouraging vulternable custodial-embattled mothers to commit acts of civil disobedience. There are better alternatives than kidnapping your children or encouraging Teenagager Family Abductions.

Finally, the Horse at White Horse Ranch as well as Sandra Rucki’s Attorney Michelle MacDonald were not charged.

The Horse at White Horse Ranch

The Horse at White Horse Ranch

Michelle MacDonald Protective Parent Attorney

Michelle MacDonald, Protective Parent Attorney

7 Responses to Breaking: Charges Filed Against Dede Evavold, Gina & Doug Dahlen in Teenager Family Abduction

  1. […] “broken children” heal by working with rescue horses. Some media outlets including family abduction watchdogs allege that Sandra, Evavold and the Dahlens are part of a larger network of anti-family court […]

  2. Lisa parker says:

    For someone sitting anonymously behind a computer, content to spout off about civil disobedience and what is morally right vs. wrong, you may want to take a look in the mirror. I have no affiliation with this case, however it’s alarming that you’ve basically tried these people in the public court before they’re proven guilty. Moreover, it’s my understanding that it’s also not confirmed if these people were a part of this protective parent network, which you’ve quickly deemed to be a “cult.” Shame on you for sitting on your high horse while simultaneously slandering these people with nothing to go on aside from one side of the story and your own interpretation of the facts. Please realize that while you may *think* your opinion is correct, you are fueling rumors without objective research into this case (and likely every other case you comment on) and can in no way know the facts as no one outside of the court does at this point. Moving forward, it may be more beneficial for those that actually read this if you’d save your “analysis” for the end of the case and follow your own advice on being morally just…

    • underwatch says:

      Hi Lisa, How would you feel if your children or grandchildren were kidnapped? And your son in-law or daughter in-law, who allegedly kidnapped them were found vacationing at a resort. You would feel exactly like we do in this case. A parent always has legal alternatives before deciding to kidnap their children. Your comments make you sound like a myopic narcissist. These individuals that aided and abetted in this case are taking no responsibility for their part in the judicial, law enforcement and missing children organization resources that were used by one parent who decided she could not coparent. I stand by the position we have taken on this case.

      • Lisa parker says:

        Key word being “allegedly.” Again, I don’t know any more than you or any other media outlet knows. What I do know is that you’re convicting based on your own assumptions, which is inherently the problem with biased journalism (are you a journalist or just a couch commentator). I have no doubt you have good intentions, but find it hard to watch you tear people down while you speak so highly about moral character. And please look up the definition of narcissist before you start labeling people with the term as well.

      • underwatch says:

        So Lisa, Sandra Rucki, Dede Evavold, Gina and Doug Dahlen and Michelle MacDonald go on ABC 20/20. This publicity prior to the upcoming trial was more than likely done to poison the jury pool. Most defense attorneys and prosecutors would advise their clients not to talk to the media. This Family Abduction website is being published to educate the general public on this crime. It’s also called Freedom of Speech. You are certainly entitled to express your myopic opinion on this subject.

    • Margo/Mom says:

      While it is true that Dede Evavold and the Dahlens have yet to face their day in court, Sandra Rucki has in fact been through multiple opportunities at defense and in fact lost custody of her children owing to decisions of the court.

      While I look forward to seeing a trial and verdict for each of these people, I personally have a very difficult time accepting the story that the Dahlens have put out via media that they had no idea what was going on, that some unknown lady simply dropped her daughters off with them one time and never came back–and particularly Mr. Dahlen’s claim to have believed that his only available options were to keep their girls there or send them to the streets. Remember, these people claim to be operating a therapeutic horse farm for abused children. And yet they claim no working knowledge whatsoever of the laws and agencies charged with the protection of children. Really? Really?

      Personally, I find it frightening how many people are willing to even entertain the kind of story being peddled by various parties willing to assist in child abductions.

    • Lisa they knew that the girls were missing and ran away from their custodial parent.
      For their father it was a struggle because their mother knew where they were and didn’t tell anybody. She was off sunning in Florida. And don’t give me no bullshit about how she didn’t have any money because she’s got money coming from her father’s insurance policy.

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