You may recall that in early September 2009 I wrote about the recovery of a child who had been abducted by his mother after the father was awarded custody by the trial court. Immediately after that court decision, the mother took the child and, with her mother’s help, hid him for nearly two years. The earlier post and details of the case are found here on the post “Parental Kidnapping | Effective response”. http://tinyurl.com/yjth6j7
An Illinois court has now decided that the mother’s hiding of her son for nearly two years in his grandmother's home, often in a crawl space behind a wall (in a space that was roughly 5 feet by 12 feet and about the height of a washing machine), amounted to neglect. The judge’s ruling, according to an AP report, was based partly on her agreement with a counselor's belief that the seclusion left the boy, now 7, with post-traumatic stress disorder. The judge’s ruling clears the way for a possible decision at a Jan. 8 hearing on custody or visitation arrangements for the boy, who now is in the temporary custody of a relative. The father, Michael Chekevdia, 48, is seeking custody.’
You may read the entire AP report here. http://tinyurl.com/yjv28kh
You'll find many other valuable resources on my website http://parental-kidnapping.com. If your child is missing, please contact me to see if I can assist you or your attorney in recovery. I've consulted in many interstate parental kidnappings -- 7 in the past 12 months alone -- and can walk your attorney through the process even if Michigan is not one of the states involved. You can email me email@example.com or call me at 231-223-7864 or 231-649-2140.