December 23, 2015
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.
Happy Holidays and Merry Xmas to All!
August 26, 2015
Dara Llorens has rejected a plea deal and the case is scheduled to go to trial on September 8, 2015 in Travis County in Austin, Texas. Dara Marie Llorens is charged with Interference with Child Custody and Aggravated Kidnapping. She faces up to 99 years in prison.
May 6, 2015
The judge in the case against Dara Llorens said she wants the case to go to trial by August or September. Llorens is accused of kidnapping her then 4-year-old daughter Sabrina Allen in 2002.
Prosecutors say Llorens picked Sabrina up during a scheduled visit and took off to Mexico. The two were located in the country last year, 10 years after Allen went missing. Llorens is charged with aggravated kidnapping and interference with child custody.
December 9, 2014
Here’s our list of parental kidnappers of 2014. During the year, all of these parental kidnappers were incarcerated or jailed for their crime. All of them kidnapped their children from the United States to another country and lived underground or in hiding. In 2015, each of these kidnappers will go on trial or be sentenced by a Federal Judge for their crime against an innocent child.
We would like to see each of them spend one day in jail for every day they kidnapped their child from their custodial former spouse. Parental Kidnapping is one of the most horrific crimes against a child and is one of the most severe forms of Domestic Violence. We applaud the efforts of the United States Department of Justice, International Law Enforcement Agencies and the Legal Systems and Local U.S. Law Enforcement for ensuring the criminal prosecution of these cases.
In 2015, we look forward to seeing convictions in these cases. We also want to see every searching parent in these cases reunified with their now adult-children. It’s time for these adult victim-children to be the responsible adult in these cases and send a clear message to their kidnapper. Their kidnapper had other legal options and should never had committed this outrageous crime.
Dorothy Lee Barnett
Dara Marie Lorens
2014 Major Events in Parental Kidnapping Cases
- November 24, 2014 – Parental Kidnapper, Dorothy Lee Barnett is denied bail.
- November 19, 2014 – Parental Kidnapper, Genevieve Kelley, Finally Arrested for kidnapping her 8 year old daughter 10 years ago.
- October 24, 2014 – Parental Kidnapper, Eileen Clark pleads guilty, admits to the court that she is guilty.
- October 2, 2014 – Parental Kidnapper, Dara Marie Llorens is arrested in Mexico after 12 years.
- September 30, 2014 – Parental Kidnapper Dorothy Lee Barnett Extradited from Australia, Finally Behind Bars in the USA.
- September 27, 2014 – Parental Kidnapper, Jacqueline Bontzolakes sent back to Federal Prison to finish serving an 18 Month sentence. In the end, she realizes that she didn’t exhaust her legal remedies before kidnapping her children. She says in post: “The appellate court didn’t find … that fact alone should have propelled me to take my children out of the country. Interesting…. Yet I move on in PEACE AND POWER…” Bontzolakes kidnapped her children to the Barbados.
- July 4, 204 – Parental Kidnapper, Eileen Clark extradited from the U.K.