Where is Parental Kidnapper Aleidria Lichau?

February 14, 2019

On June 19, 2018 Aleidria Lichau (AKA Riversong Lichau) abducted her son from New York after a Family Court Hearing and related Family Court Evaluations. Aleidria Lichau, Riversong LichauA felony warrant for Kidnapping was issued for Aleidria Lichau on September 13, 2018.

Aleidria Lichau has a background in Sustainability and once gave a TEDx Talk.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Aleidria Lichau should contact the New York FBI Office at 1-212-384-1000.

Editor’s Note: In these cases, we have seen these proclaimed protective mothers attempt to get one-sided mainstream media stories as they setup their legal defense for parental kidnapping. We hope the mainstream media reporters don’t wrongfully allow her to further exploit her child in the media and on the Internet in this manner. These Family Court Custody Disputes involving young children belong in Family Court and not in the media. In Aleidria’s case, this child is now 7 years old. This child most likely had a strong relationship with his father and his extended family prior to June 19, 2018. What did Aleidria tell her son about his father and his extended family members. Are they alive or are they now dead?  Do they care about the child? Is the child using his birth name or another name? In this age of cell phones, Facetime and Skype, why hasn’t Aleidria allowed him to speak to his father and anyone else in the father’s family. What “LIE” or “LIES” did she tell him. What further emotional abuse has she inflicted on her own child? Can she afford medical care for her child?

It’s time for Law Enforcement to step up efforts to find Aleidria Lichau and bring her to justice and most importantly bring this 7 year old child home.

If Aleidria Lichau took her child abroad, that country should remand the custody case back to the New York Court. That country should respect the original jurisdiction of the case and should not allow the mother another forum to re-adjudicate the case. If a parent violates the court order and flees the jurisdiction, they should not be allowed to venue-shop. You can’t have American mothers or ones from other countries that don’t like the outcome of their custody case flee to another country to get a new forum or trial.

Finally, if Aleidria Lichau and other protective moms leave the country with their child(ren) — it is doubtful that she or other moms left the United States: 1) Filing their Income Taxes; 2) Paying off all credit card debt; 3) Without falsifying a passport or government document to leave the country; 4) Are not engaging in the crime of witness tampering with their allegations; 5) Are not emotionally abusing their child(ren) while hiding them from their biological parent and his family. These custody cases need to be heard in the court of initial jurisdiction. A parent should not be able to flee to another country to get a second ruling by kidnapping their child(ren). The evidence and the witnesses remain in the country of initial jurisdiction.

Did Joanne McDowell Drug Her Own Child then Kidnap Him?

January 2, 2019

Photo Credit: Carolina Public Press

In a Hendersonville, North Carolina Family Law Trial there was court testimony1 that Joanne McDowell may have allegedly drugged her child then videotaped it as evidence during a court order custody transfer. Those types of tactics are well known as part of the “protective parent playbook” for the past several decades. Custodial embattled protective moms are coached by protected parent groups to do just about anything including to commit acts of civil disobedience to get sole custody of their child. A win at all costs strategy. In the acts of therapist and venue shopping, some of these protective moms will have their child evaluated by numbers of doctors for alleged abuse. Some experts have alleged these mothers to have a form of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy.

Even after the Hendersonville trial verdict, Joanne McDowell ignored the Family Law Judge’s United States Court Order and fled to Canada where she was able to get Canadian Judge, Justice Carolyn Horkins of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto to grant her custody. Felony Obstruction of Justice and Felony Child Abduction Charges were subsequently filed against McDowell.

Editor’s Note: Joanne McDowell is one of the only Protective Moms and alleged Parental Kidnappers that is being protected by a conflicting court order in another Country. From her social media posts, she home schools her child and has effectively has been able to block any custody time with her child and the child’s biological father. She claims her child suffers from PTSD. We believe it is time for Canada’s Child Aid Society and the United States of America’s State Department to perform a Safety, Health and Welfare Check on this young child. Past history tells us that this mother has allegedly inflicted emotional abuse on this child by not only the parental kidnapping but by the parental alienation. This protective mom has had a number of years to return to the North Carolina Court to clear her name and to act in the “best interests of the child” but she has not done so. Again, it’s time for someone in the system to stand up for this child’s rights — it’s obvious that McDowell is incapable of doing so.


The Risk for Alleged Canadian Parental Kidnapper Joanne McDowell

December 17, 2018
JoAnne McDowell, Parental Kidnapper, Canada

Photo Credit: Carolina Public Press

After a custody court hearing in North Carolina, alleged parental kidnapper Joanne McDowell was able to flee to her home country Canada and get another court to give her custody. Despite a Felony Warrant for Parental Kidnapping in the United States, she was able to get a Canadian Restraining Order against her child’s biological parent. We can’t believe in this global era of joint custody and coparenting that any Canadian court issue such and order and claim jurisdiction for a case that was already adjudicated in the United States. Kelly Rutherford tried to get a New York Judge to give her custody but Monaco had rightful venue for that case and Kelly was not able to venue shop like Joanne did. Rutherford’s former spouse now has rightful physical custody of the children.

There is the e huge risk for the accused parental abductor that is able to keep custody of the child until he or she reaches the age of majority (18 years). Many of these alleged kidnapped children as adults will determine on their own what happened to them. It is much easier these days with the Internet. The founder of the organization Take Root tells the story how as an adult child, she figured out that she was kidnapped by her mom and almost immediately severed ties and began a relationship with her biological father. There are other similar stories of adult-child that eventually figured out that their parent wrongfully kidnapped them from the other parent out of anger and revenge against the other parent and not for their protection.

So the risk for Joanne McDowell if she continues down her current path is that her child will not necessarily be loyal to her. We’ve seen these kidnapped children follow the money and once they reach eighteen, if they determine on their own what happened to them the adult-children will start a new relationship with their estranged parent. It might be for a new car, college tuition or even a new family including step-siblings.

During these Holidays, we really would like to see Joanne do the right thing and take steps to reunify her child with its biological parent. It’s time for everyone to move along and provide the best possible future for her child.

It’s Time to Extradite Alleged Parental Kidnapper Joanne McDowell

December 11, 2018

Alleged Parental Kidnapper Joanne McDowell (NC Felony Arrest Warrants Issued – Photo Credit: Carolina Public Press) 

In the United States, the last city/county that the parents lived in with the children has venue or jurisdiction over the case. So if one of the parents such as the case of Joanne McDowell wants to move to another city with the child, she will need the permission of that county Family Court. The mother can’t just move to another venue with the child which would be a parental kidnapping.

So it was apparent that Joanne McDowell didn’t want to stay in Hendersonville, North Carolina and share custody with her former spouse. And she did what many protective parents do, allegedly staged a video of her child after a custody transfer with related allegations against her former spouse, a physician. Does this sound familiar to those of us in the Family Abduction Community — you bet it does. This was a common tactic in the ’80s and ’90s. But the story doesn’t end her, Joanne McDowell who was in law school at Chapel Hill fled the jurisdiction and kidnapped her child to her native country Canada. And then she both shopped for a therapist in Canada and actually got a ignorant Canada Judge to give her custody. Wow, does that sound familiar — you bet it sadly does.

That was over 6 years ago and the Henderson County North Carolina elected District Attorney Greg Newman has filed Felony Kidnapping Charges against Joanne McDowell. But McDowell has somehow evaded the lame Hague Convention and has been extradited from Canada. Although not surprisingly, McDowell has not been able to finish law school at UNC Law School — and probably would more or less have difficultly becoming a lawyer in the United States with her felony charge.

We applaud Greg Newman for filing the felony charge against McDowell but would like to see some sort of justice for the father and child in this case. McDowell has wrongfully be able to obtain a Canadian Restraining Order against the father and his child which is pathetic. In most of these cases, the Canadian Judge should have had a phone conference with the U.S. Family Law Judge and ordered McDowell back to the United States. But the judge did not do that and allowed McDowell to venue shop. We think it is time for Newman to take steps to extradite McDowell. Possibly get a UFAP Warrant issued which Canada.

Editor’s Note: We don’t believe JoAnne McDowell is the victim here. We have seen her story before but it is time for a parent like her to step up for the Holidays and turn herself in to the North Carolina District Attorney. There is little doubt from looking at McDowell’s inflammatory posts on her social media accounts is that she has already engaged in parental alienation of her child. It is time for her to support a reunification of her child and his biological father. By doing so, maybe she could work to getting the felony warrant dropped and could return to law school in the United States. It’s probably not too late for her to finish her career path she started.

A final note on McDowell’s pathetic allegations against her former spouse. Dr. Katheleen Faller of the University of Michigan a very long time ago promoted a theory about these protective mom’s beliefs. She thought because McDowell’s former spouse was rejecting his wife in the marriage that the father must turning his affection to his child. When I heard about it back then I thought it was so disgusting it was not worth mentioning. But it seems that this ignorant mom might actually have this unreasonable belief. What’s so sad is that this particular mom has some even more pathetic friends that might actually believe her.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Searching Parents. We are keeping hope alive that these families will soon be reunified.

Cassie Doubleday Needs a Lifetime Ankle Bracelet to Protect Her Children

September 4, 2018
Cassie Doubleday

Australian Mum: Cassie Watter Arrested

In May of 2014, Protective Mum Cassie Doubleday was on the run in the Australian Protective Parent Underground as her family and friends and supporters cheered on this Facebook page. In that post, they have the audacity and cruelty to say: “Relatives of missing Townsville twin girls Isabella and Bronte Watter, 7, who have been missing for six weeks today, are hoping the children and their mother Cassie Watter are not found.”

What Cassie Doubleday did in 2014 is one of the cruelest forms of child maltreatment. It is not only cruel to the children but the father, the father’s family as well as the children’s young friends and classmates. Cassie has many other legal remedies but her own narcissism and that of her friends and supporters caused this criminal act against innocent children.

Cassie Doubleday is out on bail today and wears a ankle bracelet. There is little doubt that the Australian Courts will find her guilty and she will be sentenced to prison. What the courts need to do is not only protect the children involved in this case until they reach the age of majority but they need to send a clear message to others to deter the heinous criminal act of child stealing. As the Protective Parent Movement in Australia attempts to use Cassie Doubleday for their cause — Australians should know better that child stealing is not the solution to Family Custody disputes.


Georgia Man Sentenced In International Parental Kidnapping Case

April 11, 2018

Father Kidnapped His Daughter and Fled to Egypt

Divett Lidrell Mays, Parental Kidnaper

Divett Lidrelll Mays, Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Parental Kidnapping

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – United States Attorney R. Andrew Murray announced today that Divett Lidrell Mays, 46, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for kidnapping his daughter and fleeing to Egypt. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. also sentenced Mays to three years of supervised release after he is released from prison.

John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, joins U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, on May 26, 2011, Mays picked up his seven-year-old daughter, K.M., from her mother’s Charlotte home for a custodial visit. Mays and K.M.’s mother had agreed that he could take her to Atlanta for the weekend and that he would return K.M. to Charlotte on either May 29 or 30, 2011. According to court records, Mays did not return K.M. to Charlotte as agreed. Instead, without the permission or knowledge of K.M.’s mother, Mays purchased plane tickets and flew with K.M. to Egypt.

Court records show that K.M. and Mays departed the United States on May 30, 2011, and arrived in Egypt on June 1, 2011. Mays retained K.M in Egypt until December 2014, when she was reunited with her mother through an FBI/U.S. State Department ruse and returned to the United States. Around May 2017, Egyptian authorities realized that Mays, a U.S. citizen, had no immigration status in Egypt and that he had outstanding charges in the U.S., so they facilitated Mays’ removal to the United States.

According to court records, in order for K.M. to travel from the U.S. to Egypt, she needed a passport, which Mays obtained by fraud. Over the course of the investigation, it was determined that on August 17, 2010, Mays went to a U.S. Post Office in Fulton County, Georgia, and submitted a signed and notarized two-parent consent form along with the passport application for K.M. The investigation further revealed that the application contained false information and a forged signature for K.M.’s mother on the parental consent form. The passport was later issued, and Mays used the fraudulently obtained passport to transport K.M. to Egypt. K.M.’s mother did not give consent for Mays to obtain a passport for K.M.

Mays is currently in federal custody. He will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray commended the FBI for their work on this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimlani Ford, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.

[Read more at www.justice.gov]

Editor’s Note: We applaud the efforts of the U.S. Kimlani Ford of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, NC, the FBI and the State Department for reunifying this kidnapped child with their custodial parent and prosecuting the parental kidnapper in this case.

Final Thoughts for 2016

December 29, 2016


In America, we value our free speech but when protective moms and their family court critic supporters post photos of minor children, the children’s medical information, court documents, photos of their former spouse’s attorney and the Family Law Judge online — that’s when the Family Law Judge needs to step up and put a gag order on all parties. In other words in regards to posting information online, these parents and their supporters need to shut the blank up. In Australia, there is a law that prevents even the mainstream media from publishing photos of children involved in custody cases. We don’t have such a law in America, but perhaps we should.

In 2016, the year started with custodial-embattled protective moms Kelly Rutherford, Genevive Kelley, Maya Tsimhoni, Sandra Rucki, Angie Vu Ha, Michelle Wolferts and their supporters posting such information on the Internet. But after these court cases progressed including jail time for some — most of these moms eventually accepted the idea of coparenting or some form of custody sharing even as the non-custodial parent.

Of all the minor and teenage children involved in these cases, none of them  want their photos or any information about their parent’s custody case on the Internet. And once posted, this information may be permanently on the Internet for the rest of these children’s lives. That’s a concept that these protective moms / family court critics have sadly yet to comprehend. But on a positive note, in looking at the recent Social Media Accounts of Kelly Rutherford and Angie Vu, they appear to be the thought leaders here. In the past six months, you don’t see any posts about their custody disputes with their former spouses. Perhaps it’s time some of the Protective Parent and Family Court Critic Movement groups took note of that.

In 2017, it’s time that we take steps to protect and respect the online privacy of our children.

The Editor