On Monday, December 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas parental kidnapper Dara Llorens plead guilty. She was charged with Aggravated kidnapping, a first degree felony with a punishment range of 5 to 99 years or life in prison. She will be sentenced in February 2016.
Dara Llorens kidnapped her child in 2002 and hid her for 12 years. The child, now 17 was found in Mexico. The media is reporting that the child has been “reunified” with the father and his family. They report the parental kidnapping victim, now a young woman has graduated from high school and is enrolled in college.
Editor’s Note: It appears that in Texas, the “aggravated kidnapping charge” is one where the courts got it right in 2015. It is unfortunate that the penalties for the crime of felony parental kidnapping or felony deprivation of child custody are not as severe as it should be for the harm that is causes the child. The current laws do not take into account how long the kidnapping occurs. In one of the guilty pleas for 2015 in New Hampshire, Genevieve Kelly should have received a longer prison sentence and should not have been allowed to continue to conceal the now adult child with special needs from the custodial parent and his family. As we saw in the Dara Llorens case, the now adult woman has progressed much better under the care of the recovering parent. Our parental kidnapping Federal and State Laws certainly need to be re-examined since long-term abductions should certainly be classified as “aggravated kidnappings”.
Dorothy Lee Barnett should also have received a longer prison sentence in South Carolina. I think the victim father showed much more compassion and forgiveness than most parents in his situation. I am sincerely hoping that the now adult child will show more compassion for him in 2016. And hopefully she will be receive some therapy that will help her to understand if she is inflicted with Stockholm Syndrome.
In New Mexico, Eileen Clark was sentenced in 2014 and should have also received a very long prison sentence. Hopefully in 2015, these now adult children will also show some compassion toward their father and his family.
In 2016, we are really hoping that Texas will establish a new precedence by sentencing Dara Llorens to a very long prison sentence. The New Hampshire, South Carolina and New Mexico state criminal courts could have done a better job in prosecuting these cases. We are also looking forward to the prosecution in Minnesota of Sandra Rucki, Dede Evavold, Gina and Doug Dahlen in 2016.
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