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Missouri mother accused of child abduction waives extradition

A three-year-old child custody issue was partially resolved this week when a mother who kidnapped her two sons agreed to waive extradition to Dent County, Missouri.

The 32-year-old mother took her sons, ages 7 and 10, in May 2009 and has been on the run since. The father of the boys, who resides in Salem, Missouri, was originally granted custody. He was to pick up the boys at the courthouse in when the mother was ordered to turn them over. However, she never arrived, and the boys' father has been searching for more than three years for his sons.

The mother is charged with felony aggravated interference with parental custody and is currently being held on a $100,000 bond in Kansas. She was identified earlier this month and arrested along with her male companion who has already posted bond. The woman was living under an assumed name at the time of her arrest. She is also facing federal charges stemming from an incident in Wyoming.

Although child custody can be an emotional and difficult issue, a child custody attorney can help parents to come to a reasonable agreement on custody and child support before the situation deteriorates. All the same, in the absence of an agreement, parents must abide by court orders and go through proper channels to protect their rights and the rights of their children. A child custody attorney can help parents understand the law and make informed decisions about the best course of action to protect their children.

Source: Salem News, "Midyett signs waiver of extradition to Missouri," Dwayne McClellan, Sept. 18, 2012

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