A recent FBI report, "Domestic Custodial-Motivated Child Abductions," reveals astounding statistics about the increase in parental abductions. Here, abduction is defined as "a wrongful retention" or a "wrongful taking" of a child or children to defeat the parental rights of the other parent. Perhaps the increase may be at least partly explained by the increase in intercultural marriage and family mobility in tough economic times.
An analysis of FBI child-abduction investigations in the past 3 fiscal years (FY) indicates that custodial-motivated abductions have increased from 9 percent in FY 2010 to 50 percent in FY 2012. The children were from their custodial parents without permission by the noncustodial parents to retaliate against their ex-companions. In some cases, the perpetrators threatened to harm the children to convince the custodial parents to maintain the relationship, rather than proceed with a divorce or custody court proceeding.
The timely response of law enforcement increases the chance of recovery of the children. Rarely, the parent willingly returns the child. According to the report, children are recovered more readily if the abductions are reported quickly. De Douglas, A. (2013, August). Domestic Custodial-Motivated Child Abductions. Retrieved February 6, 2017, from http://tinyurl.com/zf5rejl
The entire FBI Report, may be read here: http://tinyurl.com/zf5rejl
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