May 5, 2017
Convicted of Deprivation of Child Custody
Most District Attorneys in the United States have never prosecuted a Parental Kidnapping or Family Abduction Case. In 2016-17, Dakota County Minnesota Prosecutor Kathryn Keena prosecuted Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, Dede Evavold, Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen for Felony Deprivation of Child Custody. All four were found guilty and received jail sentences. Judge Karen Asphaug also sentenced Sandra Rucki and the Dahlens to jail time in day increments over a range of years. If there is any punishment that would be more appropriate for this type of crime is this form of sentencing. It allows the local Probation Department to more closely monitor the defendant after they are released from jail and results in protecting the victims of this crime.
In Parental Kidnapping cases, after the kidnapper is released from jail, in a number of cases the convicted protective parent attempted to snatch-back the child or commit the crime again. Since the convicted parental kidnapper normally goes back to Family Court to re-start the custody litigation, it provides the best possible scenario for the protective parent de-escalating the conflict. Although we have not yet seen that with Sandra Grazzini — we have seen it with other convicted protective moms. They eventually abide by the Custody Orders and make the most of their custody time with their children.
This type of sentencing should also help to motivate a recovered adult-child kidnapped to reunify with the left-behind parent. Although no court could order a reunification — all of us in the Family Abduction Community believe that Judges, Probation Officers, Parole Officers, Child Psychiatrists, Child Psychologists should encourage the convicted protective parent to support the reunification in these cases. We’ve seen in some cases the adult-child that was kidnapped is concealed even after the protective parent was arrested and convicted. The left-behind parent is never reunified with their kidnapped child.
Eventually, we would like to see harsher Family Abduction Laws in both America and other Countries. Until that time, any prosecutor that is assigned a Family Abduction Case should review this case.
Congrats to Dakota County Prosecutor Kathryn Keena and Dakota County for their efforts and results in this case!
February 2, 2017
Dede Evaold (Photo: Twitter)
Dede Evavold has until February 11, 2017 to pay her court fines and restitution. She also appears to be blogging about her victims.
The controversial protective parent movement is finally at its crossroads of redefining itself against “parental kidnapping”, “family abduction” and “teenager family abduction”. It sounds like the protective parent lawyers are distancing themselves from Dede Evavold.
At this point in these cases, the discussion point is: “Is the purpose of our criminal justice system to punish or rehabilitate?” In our humble opinion, and that of Dede’s sister it’s time for rehabilitation. It’s time for the Protective Parent / Family Court Critic Movement to take some ownership here and help Dede get the treatment that she needs.
January 30, 2017
Dede Evavold, one of the first parental kidnapping conspirators / protective parent movement supporters convicted in America has been released from jail. She will be on probation for 8 years and is prohibited from being around minor children and will serve part of her jail sentence over the next 8 years.
Editor’s Note: The very wise Judge is this criminal case really understood the protective parent movement and activists like Dede Evavold. Her sentencing rightfully addresses the privacy and rights of the victim children in these case that are now with the custodial father. The Family Abduction Community applauds this judge!
January 24, 2017
Gina Dahlen – Arrested
Doug Dahlen – Arrested
The Horse & Gina Dahlen
Gina Dahlen and Scott Dahlen, the owners of White Horse Ranch in Hermann, Minnesota plead guilty to one count of depravation of parental rights for their role in the Teenager Family Abduction of the Rucki girls
Both of the Dahlens admitted in court that they knew the teenagers’ father had been awarded custody of all five of his children in November 2013. The girls were held for 942 days. The Dahlens admitted they knew he had custody and failed to contact the father or law enforcement. The Dahlens had been charged with six felony counts.
It is unclear of the Dahlens were charged with a Felony. They testified against both Sandra Rucki and Dede Evavold.
Gina and Doug Dahlen will be sentenced on April 3, 2017 at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.
The horse did not plead guilty.
November 14, 2016
Her sister calls Dede a “crazy activist narcissists“. The sister says she has a undiagnosed mental condition. She says Dede was fine until she met Attorney Michelle MacDonald.
Editor’s Note: The sister does not mention the almost cult-like activity of the protective parent / family court critic network. Although for those of us that follow these cases, we think “crazy activist narcissist” accurately describes both Dede and other members of the protective parent / family court critic network.
November 14, 2016
Dede Evavold – Protective Mom – Can’t Be Around Children
In the end, on November 10, 2016 Minnesota Protective Parent Network leader Dede Evavold was sentenced to 180 days in jail, probation for 8 years and most importantly she can’t be around minor children.
This judge in Dakota County appears to be one of the only judges in America or the World to understand the tenets of the Protective Parent / Family Court Critic leaders like Dede Evavold. In this case, the punishment while only 3 months in jail is accompanied by 8 years probation. And like a child molester or abuser, she can’t be around minor children.
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.