FBI — Chinese National Convicted of Attempted International Parental Kidnapping

Here is a very rare example of a “Good news”  when a parental abduction was successfully prevented by the system that is supposed to do just that.

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Wenjing Liu, 32, of Tianjin, China, was convicted today by a federal jury on charges of international parental kidnapping.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the verdict was accepted by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton.

Liu was indicted on November 6, 2014. According to court records and evidence at trial, on September 4, 2014, Liu accompanied her four-year-old son on a United Airlines direct flight to China. Liu and her husband, the child’s father, were separated but had joint legal custody of the child. Less than 90 minutes before the flight was scheduled to depart Dulles International Airport, Liu sent an e-mail to her estranged husband to advise that she and their son were flying to China that day. The father, who had court-ordered visitation every weekend, e-mailed Liu back and expressed his opposition to the child going to China. The child’s father then traveled to Dulles International Airport in hopes of stopping Liu from taking their son onto the plane.

Upon arriving at the airport, the father approached officers with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), advised them of his estranged wife’s e-mail, and provided a copy of the court order that provided him with weekend visitation. That court order also prohibited either parent from taking their child out of the United States without first obtaining express written notarized consent from the other parent. The MWAA officers contacted United Airlines, who advised that Liu and the child were on board Flight 897, and that the plane had already departed Dulles International Airport on its way to Beijing, China.

After consulting with MWAA and the FBI and when Flight 897 was in Canadian airspace, United Airlines ordered Flight 897 to return to Dulles International Airport. The plane returned approximately 4 hours after it had taken off, and Ms. Liu was arrested for attempted international kidnapping as soon as she got off the plane.

Liu faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison when sentenced on June 5, 2015. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rebeca H. Bellows and Carina A. Cuellar are prosecuting the case….

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Rochester Man, Abducted as a Child By His Mother, Advocates For Tougher Laws

Rochester Man, Abducted as a Child By His Mother, Advocates For Tougher Laws
By Seth VoorheesUpdated Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. — A Rochester man who suffered through parental abduction as a child was in Albany on Tuesday to fight for tougher laws that will prevent other children going through a similar trauma.Scott Berne is pushing for tougher legislation against parental abductions.  “My mother did not serve one day of jail time for kidnapping me,” Berne said. “Thirty years ago, it’s the same law.  It’s a slap on the wrist.””This is an issue with enormous long term consequences for children,” said Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers.Berne joined and state Sen. Patty Ritchie, co-sponsors of the Custodial Interference/Recovery of Missing Children Act.”It really changes the dynamic pretty dramatically, and it puts us in a better position to protect kids when those laws are enhanced,” said Ed Suk, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.According to the Justice Department, 200,000 children are abducted by their parents each year in the U.S., but in New York state, it’s just a misdemeanor.”During those two years, we changed names constantly, didn’t go to school, had no friends, faced constant abuse from her,” Berne said.

My children are still too young to “get it”. They are still living in a delusional world, and believe that their mother actually cares for them. Well, nobody can’t be helped in a situation when emotions compete with truth and facts.

My and many other children will have to arrive to the truth on their own.

As far as I am concerned?  I really don’t care what my children think any more.

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Manalapan man adds testimony to Congressional abduction case

Mary Troyan, USA TODAY 12:38 p.m. EDT June 12, 2015(Photo: ASBURY PARK PRESS FILE PHOTO)

WASHINGTON – A new law meant to pressure countries to return children abducted from the U.S. by a parent isn’t being implemented properly, according to a Tennessee man whose ex-wife took the couple’s children to Japan six years ago.Christopher Savoie, who lived in Franklin when his children were taken in 2009, told a House subcommittee on Thursday that State Department officials don’t advocate aggressively enough for parents victimized in such scenarios.”Their primary mandate, as they see it, is to maintain good relations with strategic allies such as Japan,” Savoie said. “And this is in direct conflict with the interests of our children.”The Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act requires the State Department to track such parental abductions, identify countries with unresolved cases, and employ sanctions against those with poor records.Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., questioned the accuracy of the first State Department compliance report. It does not include Japan among offenders, even though the country has about 50 unresolved cases.

This is a VERY typical attitude not just by this administration – other countries break the Convention, that THEY agreed to, and the US State Department simply sweeps these cases under the rug. Sometimes for political expediency, sometimes because of simple “we-don’t-care” attitude, but always asking for more funding. I hope rep. Chris Smith and others put some fire under the responsible bureaucrats in Washington. They should care more about living American Children, then pirated Hollywood DVDs.

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