May 2, 2017
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
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.
January 17, 2017
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!
November 1, 2016
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.
July 18, 2016
Sandra Rucki on Trial
Sandra Rucki’s trial begins today and there hasn’t been a high-profile protective parent/family court critic Family Abduction Trial in over a decade. In this new era of coparenting and joint custody, most defendants have not taken their chances criminal jury trials. In addition, Sandra Rucki has been charged with eight felonies and if she does take it to trial, she could serve over a decade in prison.
There are sources reporting that that Sandra Rucki was offered a plea of two felony counts. By Rucki pleading guilty, it would certainly save the Minnesota taxpayers a considerable sum of dollars considering her co-conspirators Dede Evavold, Gina and Scott Dahlen would likely receive substantially lesser plea deals — possibly reducing the felony charge. That said, the importance of this case in getting a felony conviction against both Evavold and the Dahlens would be historical in deterring others from committing this crime. It would more than likely steer the Family Court Critic movement to more constructive agendas rather than civil disobedience.
In addition, the Rucki family appears to be going on with their life without Sandra. One of the girls graduated from high school despite being in hiding. It would no doubt be better from this family to not have to have their personal life history made public in a very public criminal trial.
Now the pressure is on Sandra Rucki and her attorney. We hope Sandra Does the right thing.
July 18, 2016
Sandra Rucki on Trial
See this news story in the StarTribune:
Trial to begin for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki in disappearance of her 2 daughters
The number of felony counts against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki of Lakeville has grown to eight.
The jury trial of a Lakeville mother accused of hiding her two teenage daughters from their father for more than two years begins Monday in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.
Note: We would like to see the media including the StarTribune leave the girls first names out of the media during their coverage of the trial. Although they may have no legal responsibility to do so, that would be the morally responsible thing to do in these cases.
March 30, 2016
Dara Llorens – Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison
Austin Texas protective parent Dara Llorens was sentenced to 6 Years in Prison in the 2002 kidnapping for her daughter. Dara Llorens, 46 was sentenced to two years for the charge of interference with child custody and six years for aggravated kidnapping. Both charges to be served concurrently. She could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Dara Llorens sentenced to 6 years for kidnapping daughter by Andy Jechow, KXAN
This was a 12-year kidnapping and Dara Llorens and her punishment was far less than the 12 years she kidnapped her daughter. Although Llorens did plead guilty and spared the public the expense of a jury trial although she did raise the “necessity defense” at her sentencing hearing. We would like to see new legislation to make the penalties harsher for long-term family abductions. The punishment should fit the crime and the horrible nature of these crime and the impact on these children.