Lawyer: Mom of abducted Ind. boy who turned up in Minn. wasn't homeless when in-laws took him

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 6:29 PM

BROWERVILLE, Minn. - An Indiana mother whose former in-laws allegedly abducted her son nearly 20 years ago was not homeless at the time, the woman's lawyer said, refuting claims that the grandparents needed to step in because she was unable to care for the boy.

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academicJan. 12, 13 9:31 AM

The most important thing in the eyes of the law is supposed the be the welfare of the child. While the law cannot condone the kidnapping of a child, the law did not do this child a favor in allowing him to be put in the custody of a mother that was apparently not up to taking care of him, and did not find him an adequate home - so that grandparents took matters into their own hands out of love and desperation. God bless them, they cared more about the child than they did for themselves. I hope the law goes light on the grandparents, and recognizes in some way the valor of their deed, and the parents of the young man go from "forgiving" them to thanking them for bringing up their child in a secure, loving and steady home in a way that they themselves could not.

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Jakein08Jan. 12, 1310:44 AM

They broke the law, plain and simple. They had no right to deny the parents the chance to be a part of their child's life. they should have worked together, in a legal manner, to ensure that the child had what he needed and was being taken care of. To disapeer, and deny both parents the right to see their child grow, was selfish and unlawful, regardless if they thought they could raise the child better than the parents. One more thing: how did the grandfather work all these years without paying social security. Another unlawful act justified by doing what he thought was best?

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liora51Jan. 12, 1311:37 AM

The mother's parental rights had not been terminated. The welfare of the child is moot at this point, whereas the cruelty of the grandparents is established by the years that went by with the mother wondering what happened.

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minn12Jan. 12, 13 1:56 PM

According to the facts of the case, the grandparents violated a court order, committed identity fraud, obtained fraudulent social security numbers, and committed felony kidnapping across state lines. Of course to liberals, none of this matters, and nothing should be done to them for their crimes, because 'they thought they were doing what's best for the child'. Well sorry, but that's not how we operate in this country and we have this thing called the rule of law. Without it, there is only anarchy.

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momof4wiJan. 12, 13 3:37 PM

Has ANYONE bothered to read the numerous articles that appear online? Each holds a bit of the pieces to this story that make it known the Mother had some type of mental disabilty that caused her to be ill equiped to raise a child. The affected "son" also states he was "in the right place" while living with his loving grandparents. WE shouldnt be making judgements before the whole story comes out. As usual, there is MORE to this story we arent privy to.

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buskahJan. 12, 13 3:53 PM

According to the facts of the case, the grandparents violated a court order, committed identity fraud, obtained fraudulent social security numbers, and committed felony kidnapping across state lines. Of course to conservatives, none of this matters, and nothing should be done to them for their crimes, because 'they thought they were doing what's best for the child'. Well sorry, but that's not how we operate in this country and we have this thing called the rule of law. Without it, there is only anarchy.

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dahutysJan. 12, 13 4:06 PM

I have a real problem with people hiding children, no matter what they believe the circumstances are. I have heard people state that smoking parents should have their kids taken away because they clearly don't care about their kids' health. I have heard people state that if you're on anti-depressants your kids should be taken away, because a depressed person is more likely to commit murder-suicide. Heck, this guy's in-laws could try to take away his baby once it's born, with the justification that they don't feel comfortable having their grandchild raised by a man whose entire life has been a lie. Look at it this way: if it was YOUR kid or grandkid who was taken away and hidden by the other side of his family, would YOU be okay with friends and co-workers saying to you, "Well, it was probably for the best, so you need to accept that he's better off without you"?

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Jakein08Jan. 12, 13 4:30 PM

minn12: your comment about liberals supporting the grandparents is ludicrous. Why does EVERYTHING have to be political with you righties. I am a liberal, read my prior post!

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maguayJan. 12, 13 4:35 PM

This is a family that needs to heal and should be able do it out of the public eye. I wish them the best

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wardnjuneJan. 12, 13 5:42 PM

They STOLE this child from his mother, for crying out loud. How can this be acceptable in any way, shape or form? It's pretty easy for him to say now that he was "in a good place," but jeez, he was only 5 years old at the time and of course he was with Grandma and Grandpa. But can any of you with children imagine the anguish of having your child disappear?? Good grief, this was nothing short of pure malice on their part and they need to be prosecuted. That poor Mom!!

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