Did Joanne McDowell Drug Her Own Child then Kidnap Him?

January 2, 2019
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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.

1https://carolinapublicpress.org/26417/state-look-handling-child-abuse-allegations-divided-courts/


It’s Time to Extradite Alleged Parental Kidnapper Joanne McDowell

December 11, 2018
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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.


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.


Gina and Doug Dahlen Sentenced to One Year in Jail

May 2, 2017
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Gina and Doug Dahlen (Photo Credit: MissinginMinnesota.com)

Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen became one of the first third party accomplices to get jail time for their part in the teenager family abduction of Sandra Grazzini’s children.

During the Sentencing Hearing, their was chilling testimony by the father and the aunt about the lack of medical care provided to the teenager girls while they were underground.

As part of their sentencing, the Dahlens are prohibited from having non familial minor children stay overnight at their home.

According to http://www.missinginminnestota.com, “Judge Asphaug commended David Rucki for the pragmatic, practical, hands on realistic loving way he set about being a Dad to five children whose lives were turned upside down. She ended simply by saying “thank you.”

The decision by Doug and Gina Dahlen to plead guilty ensured that Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathy Kenna successfully prosecuted all of the people criminally charged related to the disappearance of the Rucki sisters.

Editor’s Note: The successful prosecution by Dakota County Attorney Kathy Kenna ending in 2017 is a new criminal prosecution standard for Parental Kidnapping Cases. We applaud her efforts! We encourage other prosecutors with Family Abduction Cases to review her legal work.

We also praise the efforts and patience of the father and his family in this case who have endured so much. We admire everything he and his family have done.

For more information, see www.missinginminesota.com


Who Helped Elaine Yates? Can Other Missing Children be Found?

January 23, 2017

Protective Mom Elaine Yates (alias Liana Waldberg) hid underground for over 30 years. She had to have received assistance from various protective parent supporter groups. In the past, some of the support has come from the Domestic Violence Shelters which were well funded after the Violence Against Women Act of 1994(VAWA). During that era, there was an abundance of funds available for these groups. In past cases, there have been a number of shelter workers or volunteers directly involved in kidnapping. There were also a number of loosely connected religious groups with the cases in Mississippi and in later years some of the Unitarian Universalists Churches that have supported protective parents.

Let’s hope Federal Law Enforcement assists the local Rhode Island District Attorneys Office to understand who helped Liana Walldberg. There are still a significant number of unsolved protective parent cases. Those children rightfully deserve to know their birth father and his family.


Breaking: Yates Girls Found! Parental Kidnapper Elaine Yates Arrested after 30 Years!

January 17, 2017

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One of the very oldest cases the Family Abduction Watch Editors have followed over the past 20 years has breaking news. The YATES girls have been found! This father has posted on our website a number of times over the past several decades in his search to find his children. Today, we are happy for this searching parents and will be even happier when we hear that the now adult children have reunified with him.

The Yates case represents one of the first cases cited by Children of the Underground Attorney Alan D. Rosenfeld and Garnett Harrison of Harrison & Rosenfled out of Montpellier, Vermont in the ’80s. Because of Attorney Rosenfeld and Garnett Harrison’s possible involvement in this case, it has been a long-time belief that Faye Yager aided in this abduction. This parental kidnapping took place out of nearby Rhode Island and had all the case history of protective parent/underground cases. It is believed by many in the Family Abduction Community that the Underground was started by Garnett Harrison with the Dorrie Sigley and Karen Newsome Cases.

Since authorities are now prosecuting Elaine Yates, is it possible that third party conspirator Faye Yager could be indicted?  More on this later!

 

 

 


It’s Time for Dede Evavold to Move On

November 1, 2016
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Dede Evavold

Dede Evavold did the crime now she needs to do the time. In the best interest of the Rucki children that rightfully deserve their privacy, it is time for Dede to move along. With good behavior, she can reduce the amount of time she spends in jail.

The Protective Parent / Family Court Critic Movement has existed for many years in evangelizing and supporting the crime of parental kidnapping, but the verdict in the Rucki case has sent a loud and clear message — our Nation’s Criminal Justice System will no longer tolerate this crime. It took over almost 25 years since the Faye Yager trial, but the prosecution of Dede Evavold as an accomplice should do more to deter others from engaging in this crime than any other case.

Unfortunately with any criminal case in the media, it often attracts some nefarious characters with grievances again others. Some of these characters may be an active threat not only to the victims of this crime but to possibly themselves and the community. That being said, it is time for Dede to move along and let the victims of this crime have some peace. This family and these children need to move forward with the lives and it’s time for Dede and her supporters to respect this.