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Same child was abducted last year and found after 8 months

Published: Friday, March 9 2012 9:33 p.m. MST

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Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

So, why were these people not put in jail after the first time they kidnapped her? I truly hope she is found, and that she is safe, and that something can be done to ensure her future safety!!

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Yes this act was illegal, however I do not fear for the safety of the girl. I feel much better knowing it was not a stranger.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Utah Girl: They were probably not put in jail because of the messed-up laws surrounding non-custodial parental kidnapping. Many states refuse to do anything about it and it is ridiculously difficult to get any kind of prosecution. There are numerous stories around this issue every year.

@ cjb: Relationship means nothing - Josh Powell killed his sons and Ethan Stacy was killed by his mother and her boyfriend.

MyChildrensKeeper
Taylorsville, UT

Go mother, take your child and run, we will help you. If it was my child I would do the same thing.

This sounds like another government knows best kidnapping of a child from her natural parents. The DN or WVC police are once again harassing and terrorizing parents to steal their children. They don't say why the mother doesn't have custody and its anybody's guess with the WVC police involved. The WVC police do have a history of kidnapping children then ask for their judge to justify it with back dated documents.

In this case I have so side with the natural parents to have full rights to custody and control of her own child since the police and city can't explain why the mother and child have not been guilty of any crime.

I have no fear for the safety of the child except from police and the death warrant they have issued on the mother. It's time to sever the umbilical cord governemnt uses to steal children from parents.

jill17
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm so confused. Why isn't this the very top news story!?? Not only was the girl kidnapped forcibly, it was watched by her scared classmates, and school authorities couldn't save her. Will the school have counselors available?
She was kidnapped by the same individual last year, someone who held her captive refusing to let her even go out of a tiny trailer to attend school, and they aren't in jail?!? I could care less if this is her parent!
Which brings me to my last point: have we not learned anyhing about dometic violence between parent and child from joh powells case??? Claiming he loved them, "needing" them, and then brutally killing them.
Like I said, so confused that this isn't a bigger deal. Someone help me out.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

I must have missed a huge part of this article. I read nothing about the WVC police department kidnapping this little girl. She has been abducted twice by a non-custodial parent. And by the way, the WVC police don't determine custody A court does that. I sure hope his little girl is found safe and quickly and returned to the custodial parent. Experience has shown that in nearly all cases, including at of Josh Powell, certain parents should not have custody - yes, and even visitation. It would have been acceptable journalism for the DN writer to dig a little to let the readers know why the mother does not have custody. And if the previous post is correct that the W police kidnapped this little girl, that ought to be in the story as well. I sincerely doubt that kidnapping occurred, don't we all? Someone has been seeing things, imho. I suspect there will be jail time for this couple following this.

Be Practical
Sandy, UT

"She grabbed her daughter and started forcibly moving her to the front entrance," Horsley said. "Our staff made every effort they could short of attacking this woman physically to get her to remove her daughter."

So what's the point here, that if someone comes in and yells loud enough and argues loud enough they can just walk out the front door with someone else's child? It didn't say she had any sort of weapon. How about locking down the doors, how about getting some burly gym teachers to physically restrain her? I'm sure it happened very fast which underscores the need for school staff to be better trained to handle these types of situations. After all, this girl had been kidnapped before, the school might have known she would be at risk for it to happen again.

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