Chelsea Cullen Fugitive Mom Surrenders

May 23, 2016
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Chelsea Cullen – Parental Kidnapper – Atlanta, Georgia

On May 23, 2106, Parental Kidnapper Chelsea known as “Fugitive Mom” was arraigned in Gwinnett County, Georgia court after being on the run for nearly two years. She is being charged with interference with custody. Custody of her son, now 3 has been returned to the custodial father.

Chelsea Cullen was interviewed by CBS46 in October of 2015 while underground. She vanished on June 29, 2014.

Gwinnett County is the second largest county in Georgia and is North of Atlanta. It is nearby Cobb County, the infamous former home of Faye Yager of the Children of the Underground. Cobb County was unsuccessful in the ’90s in their attempt to prosecute Faye Yager. Danny Porter is the District Attorney for Gwinnett County.

In April 2016, the U.S. Marshal raided the home of Chelsea Cullen’s mother in Alabama (Michelle Cullen). As part of the raid, they retrieved electronic devices including computers and phones.

‘Fugitive mom’ appears in court, surrenders after more than a year on the run by Adam Harding WTOC.COM 05-23,2016

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Don’t Arrest the Horse, Just Gina and Doug Dahlen

December 2, 2015
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Gina Dahlen, Protective Parent Network (Photo: Fergus Falls Journal)

Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen are clearly using the “Animal Rights“, “Child Protection” and “Religion” as defenses or excuses as to why they helped Sandra Rucki hide the Rucki girls. They are undoubtfully claiming that if law enforcement arrests and charges them, they will be effectively shutting down their ranch for children.

But Gina and Doug Dahlen of White Horse Ranch in Herman, Minesota should have contacted the District Attorney’s Office when they realized they were sheltering children from the court system. Their non-profit should not be an infrastrure for an underground or the protective parent network. Like Domestic Violence Shelters, they should have a process for working with local law enforcement.

In addition, engaging in criminal conduct or an illegal activity such as felony deprivation of child custody would be a violation of their tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3). It would also be a violation and reportable offense as Minnesota Non-profit. (Minnesota Attorney General’s Office – Nonprofit/Charity Complaint Form)

The Dahlens were intentionally hding the Rucki girls for more 944 days. During that time, the father, the children’s siblings, family members, their friends and law enforcement had no idea where the children were. The Dahlens were also directly violating a judge’s cusotdy court order. Even if Sandra Rucki gave them a copy of an old court order, they should have at the very least tried to find out their was a new Custody Order.They did not which led to thousands of dollars of investigative time and resources. That is irresponsible and ignorant for these educated inviduals.

Gina Dahlen also conincidently spent some time in horse training classes in Oregon, just miles from the infamous Curtis Compond in Dexter, Oregon. James and Mary Curtis are long-time protective parent network supporters. Their daughter April and her daughter Amanda both went underground with Faye Yager’s Children of the Underground in the ’80s and ’90s. The daughter as a teen went underground like the Rucki girls. We certainly wonder if Gina Dahlen made a visit to Dexter during her trip to Oregon.

The Dahlen’s use of equine therapy as a treatment program used by kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard is disparaging to those organizations using equine therapy that are not commiting criminal conduct. There is no reason the Dahlens should NOT have been able to setup a legitmate equine therapy organization for children without comitting these acts of civil disobedience.

Again, don’t arrest the Horse, but arrest and prosecute Gina and Doug Dahlen.

The Editor

Sources:

IGC: Gina Dahlen’s Vision Question (Fergus Falls Journal, 02-20-15)


Breaking: Police say Network of Family Court Critics Is Hiding the Rucki Girls

November 3, 2015

A story in the StarTribune is one of the first to link the Family Court Critics to the “protective parent” movement that police believe are responsible for hiding the Samantha and Gianna Rucki, the two teenager girls from Lakeville, Minnesota.

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In this case, the girls mother Sandra Rucki has been arrested and charged with three felony counts of deprivation of parental rights. Her controversial attorney Michelle MacDonald says that her client does not want police to find the girls.

In the story, Faye Yager is now claiming that she is still involved in the underground and that the network is accessed through social media, churches and women’s shelters. Yager has previously said she was retired and is no longer involved.

Amy Neustein, who lost custody of her child (now a successful attorney who has not spoken to her mom in years) is interviewed in the article. Cindy Dumas of San Diego claims to have reliable sources that the girls are underground and safe. Other possible accomplices in the felony counts could be Michael Rhedin and Dale Nathan. Dede Evavold, a campaign manager for Michelle MacDonald is named as a supporter of the Protective Parent Movement.

[Read the Article]

Editors Note: Our Nation’s Family Court System as well as our Child Protection System have many legal options for parents like Sandra Rucki. Kidnapping should never be an option. These teenage girls deserve a life better than being used as pawns or poster girls for the protective parent movement. As these girls approach high school graduation and should be concerned about getting into a good college, their mother was vacationing in Florida with her a new boyfriend. Sandra Rucki and any third party conspirators need to be prosecuted and more importantly these girls need to be found so they can finish high school.

I would really like to hear the Samantha and Gianni Rucki’s side of the story. Are they articulate young adults or naive, misguided teenagers?

Source:

Police: Network of family court critics is hiding Rucki sisters Investigators hit a wall in search for Lakeville sisters by Brandon Stahl (StarTribue November 3, 2015)


Dorothy Lee Barnett Details Emerge in The Australian

December 3, 2013

Reporter Adam Shand who originally broke the Dorothy Lee Barnett Story recently provided the latest on The Dorothy Lee Barnett Dorothy Lee BarnettInternational Family Abduction Case: The long road home. Here’s our analysis of this updated news:

  • Sales Representative – Alexandra Geldenhuys or Dorothy Lee Barnett worked as a Sales Representative on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It is odd that Shand does not disclose what company Alexandra Geldenhuys work for or what she sold.
  • Juan Geldenhuys – In all the media coverage, there is no mention what Dorothy Barnett’s former spouse did before he divorced Dorothy and moved back to South Africa. There is also no mention if Juan Geldenhuys knew of Dorothy Lee Barnett’s true identity.
  • Friend who Turned in Barnett – Shand’s article alleges that a friend of Barnett’s turned her in by calling the left-behind father. There were previous reports that a friend of Juan Geldenhuys has turned in Barnett. There is no also no mention of the person asking for Reward Money. We recollect at one time, the father had offered a reward.
  • State of Deep Confusion – Shand reports that the the victim adult child Savanna is in a “state of deep confusion”.  I’m not sure what that means, but under the circumstances that is expected. We hope that Savanna is getting psychological counseling at this time. There are only a few Therapists in the World that have expertise in this area. We encourage her to call http://www.takeroot.org, the FBI or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for a referral.
  • Peru – It is reported that Savanna studied in Peru for the past 6 months. We always wonder what happens in cases like this with a child’s citizenship. Technically, Savanna is a citizen of the United States. We wonder how Australia now handles her situation. Savanna has lived and born in the United States, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
  • The Biological Father – He’s a graduate of Andover and Yale (one of the top schools in America). He’s a stock broker.
  • Barnett Work History – Dorothy dropped out of college to run a piggery in Belize, bought Jewellery in Africa and was a flight attendant.
  • Barnett Previous Relationship – It is rumored she had a tumultuous relationship with an airline pilot before the biological father. There is no report of the type of relationship she had with Juan Geldenhuys, except that they divorced and he moved to South Africa, away form his family.
  • Judge Robert Mallard – This judge noted in 1994 of Barnett’s “troubled” relationships with men had been characterized by “arguments, temper outbursts and occasional physical violence”.
  • Barnett’s Courtroom Conduct – Barnett apparently had to be admonished by the judge during her custody trial for her conduct.
  • New Mother Dating – As a breast feeding young mother, Barnett went out with five different men since the birth of her child. Now how many breast feeding young mothers did you ever know that dated five men in less than one year? Although as we stated before, we’ve heard of this behavior with other underground mothers.
  • Emerald Ring – We wonder what happened to the $9K Emerald Ring? Did she give it to Savanna? When underground moms are on trial, they usually report to the court they are indigent or without funds so that they can be represented by a Public Defender. We wonder if Barnett is currently hiding her assets?
  • Faye Yager’s 7000 Women Claim – This is an impossible number. The Underground didn’t start until 1984, and in less than 20 years, Yager would have had to have averaged one call per day. That’s improbable
  • Dr. Madelaine Wohlerich Evaluation – In the ’90s, it was typical for a Children of the Underground Mom to get their small network of therapists to perform an evaluation. These would be done after they went into hiding and be used as the legal defense. It sounds like this is exactly what happened.
  • Children of the Underground – The video tape and written note that was sent to family and relatives is a sign that Faye Yager’s Children of the Underground was involved and assisted Dorothy Barnett. However, in these cases only if Dorothy Barnett testifies that she received help from Faye would that provide any real proof. The next sign would be if one of the Underground Attorneys shows up as the legal counsel for Dorothy Lee Barnett in the Federal Case. It is possible that Dorothy Lee Barnett gave Yager the $9K Emerald Ring for entrance into the Underground and in exchange would receive lifetime legal defense from the Underground’s Attorneys. So if we eventually see the names Alan Rosenfeld, Richard Ducote, Toby Kleinman, Sheila Brogna, Meera Fox, Seth Goldstein or Joan Zorza — that would provide further evidence.
  • Falsifying Passport – Shand is reporting that she falsified the passport herself. But it is very possible that this information is meant to prevent the real person that helped her create a false identity such as Faye Yager from being prosecuted.
  • Alexandra Canton – Usually in creating a false identity, the person borrows the birth certificate or identity from another person. If there is a real person named Alexandra Canton, that person could also be charged with the Passport Charges. We wonder if that person exists?
  • The Child’s Room in Charleston – The biological father kept the room for the child. This is very common in kidnapping cases. It is a searching parent’s dream to have Samantha walk through the door of that room someday, even as an adult.
  •  Comment from Father’s Attorney – “That Lee would leverage her daughter’s emotions to win her freedom demonstrates a depth of her selfishness,” says Sturgis. We’re not surprised here!

In following these cases over the years of these arrested moms, it seems to me that extradition to the United States as well as a fast track to a Federal Prison seems probable. During her future sentencing, it seems the judge would look at the defendant’s conduct after her arrest. The mother still claiming she is terrified at the custodial father seems like a fictional story to a woman who is now claiming to be an abuse victim of both an airline pilot and a stock broker. As they say, a Tiger never loses its stripes. It seems odd if Savanna doesn’t somehow know the truth about her mom that is just starting to make sense now.

The Editor