Newsweek Story on the Faye Ku Boys Reunification with Custodial Family

February 19, 2016

Writer Max Kutner of Newsweek has delivered another Family Abduction story on the recovery and more importantly the reunification of the boys that Faye Ku kidnapped to Mexico. The boys were found in a rented house in Mazatlan, Mexico. The house may not have had hot water. The boys were being taught both Chinese and Spanish.


When Faye Ku fled, she left the boys’ electronic devices. She typed letters that instructed a friend to get rid of Ku’s belongings and told Cook, her ex-husband, “The children and I are safe among friends. Please do not send strangers who can only make life more dangerous for us.”

Law enforcement first learned of Ku’s location on February 7, 2016. The custodial family flew to Mexico on February 11th and flew back to the United States on February 12th with the boys. A FBI Victim Specialist accompanied the family on the plane.

Kutner’s story is one of the first to provide an insight into the emotional victimization inflicted on the kidnapped boys. If Faye Ku gave the boys an explanation as to why they could not see their father is unknown at this time.

Marsha Gilmer-Tullis, executive director of the Family Advocacy Division at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children raises the issue of “divided loyalties”.

Meanwhile, Faye Ku supporters are asking for compassion. Activist Cindy Dumas who most likely considers herself today’s digital version of Faye Yager is claiming that Ku faces life in prison. (18 U.S. Code § 1204 – International parental kidnapping would be 3 years in prison for each child or 9 years. We will see if possibly Dumas is correct and there will be other Federal and State Charges for other crimes committed.)

[Read the Full Newsweek Article]

Editor’s Note:

  • Another great story by Max Kutner of Newsweek taking the lead in these series of Family Abduction stories.
  • Whatever Faye Ku told her boys while they were in hiding will most likely never be disclosed since it is part of these minor boys therapy. If it is disclosed, it might be during the criminal trial if Ku takes the witness stand or if experts testify as to the emotional abuse inflicted on kids. In any regard, whether it’s parental alienation, Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and these kidnapping victims have Stockholm Syndrome, that’s what makes parental kidnapping a horrific crime against a child.
  • As we have seen in other cases, reunified children will re-adapt very quickly to their former lives with the custodial parent.
  • It’s great to see the FBI had a Victim Specialist in Mexico to assist with the reunification.
  • After the Reunification, there are so few resources available to Recovering Parents and their Families.
  • The Recovering Family was very fortunate to have the cooperation of many law enforcement resources. That said, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) or the FBI does not normally find your child when they go missing. More resources are needed in this area.
  • We would like to see the media remove photos of the victim children in these cases from their websites or at the very least blur out their faces.
  • In our opinion, as we have seen in the most recent very tragic Cyberstalking landmark case, most parental kidnappers and their supporters will not give up their cause — even after a prison sentence. After reading Ku’s letter to her former spouse that almost sounds like a possible threat, the only way to protect this family is to incarcerate Faye Ku for the longest possible sentence.
  • We continue to be concerned of the activities of Safe Kids International and other Family Court Critic/Protective Parent Movement Activists. We hope that law enforcement will monitor their activities.


Breaking: Recovering Family Makes Statement in Faye Ku Family Abduction Case

February 13, 2016

“David and I are ecstatic to announce that Sage and Isaac have been found safe and are home in Bellevue tonight. We are so grateful to the FBI in Seattle and in Mexico for all they did to make this happen. And to all the wonderful people who kept us going for the last five months by supporting us through this page and in many other ways. Thank you all.” – Recovering Family



Editor’s Note:

There is not much precedence for this in this new social media era. But now that these boys are recovered, it is time for the media to remove these boys photos from the Internet or at the very least blur out their faces. These boys will want to return to their schools and certainly do not want the faces plastered over the Internet.

In Australia, it is illegal for the print and online media to show photos of any children involved in a child custody case.

Breaking: Faye Ku Arrested in Mexico – Children Found!

February 13, 2016

Faye Ku – Arrested Parental Kidnapper

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced that the search for Sage Cook, 15 and Isaac Cook, 9 has ended. Authorities located them in safe condition in Mexico’s Sinaloa state. They were returned to their custodial father and stepmother of Bellevue, Washington. The parents were “reunified” with the children in Mexico.


Wikpedia: Sinaloa, Mexico

The felony warrant for custodial interference was issued by King County Superior Court in the state of Washington on September 3, 2015 for Faye Hsin-I Ku, 41 years of age. A federal arrest warrant was issued on January 19, 2016 by the United States District Court, Western District of Washington, after Faye Ku was charged with international parental kidnapping. An additional federal complaint and arrest warrant was issued on February 12, 2016 by the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Investigators believed Faye Ku crossed the border illegally from San Diego to Tijuana with the three children on August 29, 2016. The FBI’s legal Attache office in Mexico City pursued a series of leads to identify the location and passed information to Mexican officials, who took prompt action, assuring the safety of the children.

The FBI’s Seattle Division and Legat Mexico City coordinated the deportation of Faye Ku was the Mexican Authorities. The National Institute of Migration (INM) officers accompanied Ku to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) where she was taken into federal custody. She is expected to appear in U.S. District Court on February 16 2016 in Los Angeles.

There were a number of law enforcement organizations involved in the recovery of the Cook boys. The law enforcement resources and legal costs in these cases is usually hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here is the list from the FBI’s press release.

“This six-month international kidnapping investigation by the FBI’s Seattle Division comes to a positive conclusion due to the efforts made by and extraordinary partnerships with Legat Mexico City, INM, the FBI’s Los Angeles Division. The FBI’s Seattle Division also worked closely with the Bellevue Police Department and the Lakewood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department—who both initiated the investigation—and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Washington, and the King County Prosecutor’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California.”

[Read More from the FBI’s Press Release]

Editor’s Note:

  •  On behalf of the Family Abduction Community, I want to express our happiness for the recovering family. Their persistence and willingness to work with the media in their search to find their children is commendable.
  •  With so many different domestic and international jurisdictions involved, law enforcement deserves credit for working together to swiftly and decisively recover these children. In so many other cases, they allow the abducting parent to fight extradition and the kidnapped children end up in foster care. They simply observed the custody order of the custodial parents and allowed the recovering family to be rightfully reunified with their children.
  • The Global Media including Newsweek (Max Kutner), the Seattle Post Intelligence (Levi Pulkkinen), the Los Angeles Times  (Hailey Branson-Potts) responsibly ran stories to assist the FBI and this family in the recovery of these children.
  • There is no information yet on what assistance Faye Ku received, to hide in Sinaloa State of Mexico. We hope law enforcement like in the Sandra Rucki Case will also charge any third party co-conspirators.
  • Safe Kids International, the organization run by non-custodial mother Cindy Dumas who also kidnapped her children wrote on September 5, 2015 “If You See Them Do NOT Contact Authorities!” She asks her 10K followers to help them. She believes it is impossible to “abduct” or kidnap a 14-year old. The fact of the matter is in Teenager Family Abduction Cases, no one really knows what this mother told her child to keep him from contacting his dad and step mom, his friends and his grandparents. As we’ve seen in other cases, the emotional abuse inflicted by this protective mom on her son is horrific. We would hope that law enforcement monitors the activity of Cindy Dumas and her supporters.
  • Another agenda of the Protective Parent Movement is against joint custody and coparenting. Cindy Dumas states in the Newsweek article: “Mothers who are the primary nurturer of their children should retain primary custody.” These mothers want maternal sole custody. There are those that believe that these protective parents will do anything including commit an act of civil disobedience to gain custody. So in this case, the belief is that Faye Ku ha a license to forge a custody order.
  • We are certain that these children will undergo Reunification Therapy receiving the best of the best treatment for the trauma inflicted on them from the kidnapping. The victim children have to have some form of Stockholm Syndrome. Unfortunately, there is very little research done in this area and these minor’s health records will be protected like it should be.
  • We would like to see the media remove the photos of these children or at the very least blur out their faces now that they are recovered. I would seriously doubt these boys are interested the TV Talk Show Circuit like the Wolferts Sisters.


Breaking: Newsweek Story on Movement To Keep Kids Missing

February 13, 2016
Faye Ku, Parental Kidnapper with Sons Isaac and Sage - Missing Since August 2015

Faye Ku, Parental Kidnapper with Sons Isaac and Sage – Missing Since August 2015

Newsweek Reporter Max Kutner has published another global story on the Family Court Critics / Protective Parent Movement. Faye Ku of Los Angeles, California a non-custodial mother that was born in Taiwan, kidnapped her three of her boys and is believed to be underground and allegedly assisted by supporters of these groups. Two of the boys are from a father in Seattle and the other in Los Angeles. Faye Ku is believed to be either in Taiwan or somewhere in the United States.

The article contains interviews from some of the most recognized names in the protective parent movement:

  • Faye Yager, is founder of The Children of the Underground and claims to no longer be in retirement.
  • Amy Neustein, the controversial and outspoken protective parent movement support. (Neustein lost custody of her daughter many years ago and is now estranged from the successful Washington Attorney.)
  • Cindy Dumas of Safe Kids International. The controversial activists / Family Court Critic wrote on her organizations Facebook page to “don’t turn this mom in”. (Dumas is estranged from some of her sons.)
  •  Dede Evavold is currently awaiting trial as a co-conspirator in the Sandra Rucki Teenager Family Abduction.

Here’s a link to read the entire story: [Read More]

Editor’s Note: Sage Cook is 15 years old. Faye Ku is a U.C. Berkeley graduate. How was she able to kidnap her 15-year old son Sage without emotionally abusing him and holding him hostage. How could this 15 year old not have access to the Internet or a cell phone in this digital era to call his father.

With Newsweeks Global Circulation and Online Media, we are hopeful that this global story will bring these boys homes to their custodial families. We applaud Newsweek for publishing this story. We urge Victim Families to keep hope alive that they will soon be reunified with these children.