Commentary on Botched 60 Minutes Child Rescue Also Says Alot About Abusive, and Alienating Parents. 

Amy Stockwell’s commentary offers background information about the non-custodial kidnapping of the el-Amien children and offers deeper insight into parents who use children as a pawn in custody disputes. 

“But here’s the thing: Even if you disagree with your ex-partner about how to raise your kids, you don’t get to steal them.

You don’t get to arrange an access visit and keep them.

You do not get to use the misogynistic laws of another country to get around the fact that you’re not entitled to permanent custody of your children.

You do not get to keep your ex-partner in prison in order to get the child custody you want.

You do not own your kids…”

Commentary written by Amy Stockwell: 60 Minutes: Ali el-Amine now has everything he wants. Because this case was all about him.

Abusive and alienating parents will lie, manipulate, triangulate and create havoc because their feelings of entitlement or feelings of being right are placed higher than the well-being of their own children.

Children should NOT be used as a pawn, or as a weapon, to wield against a former partner or to be used to further one parent’s agenda or interests.

BACKGROUND: MOTHER SALLY FAULKNER ATTEMPTS TO RESCUE KIDNAPPED CHILDREN IN LEBANON

Sally Faulkner and Children. Source: News Talk ZB http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz

April 2016: Australian mother, Sally Faulkner, was given sole custody of her two children (6 year old Lahela and 3 year old Noah) by an Australian court. Their Lebanese-born father, Ali el-Amien, took the children to a holiday in his home country and never returned – that is kidnapping. However, Lebanon is not a signatory to The Hague Convention, so it does not have to enforce or acknowledge  the Court’s orders to return the children to Australia.

Ali el-Amien took the children because he was jealous that Faulkner had moved on from their relationship, and was dating another man.

In a desperate attempt to get her children back, Faulkner and a four-member crew from 60 Minutes went to Beirut to attempt to rescue the children, and were arrested in the process.  They faced up to a 20 year sentence in jail.

60 Minutes Team. Clockwise from top left: Tara Brown, David “Tangles” Ballment, Stephen Rice and Ben Williamson. Source: Facebook Source: Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au

Ali el-Amien’s family has strong political connections in Lebanon’s parliament, and was given custody of the children by a religious court.

After being detained, a deal was struck where no criminal charges would be filed if Faulkner were to relinquish custody of the children, and co-operate in obtaining a religious divorce from el-Amien. The deal was struck after a closed-doors meeting between lawyers representing the parties and the judge.

Faulkner was pregnant at the time, likely agreed to the deal in order to save her unborn child. 

Everybody is happy,” said Nine Network lawyer, Kamal Aboudaher. It is hard to imagine a mother being “happy” to lose custody of her children who will be raised in another country by the father who kidnapped them, and now has total control over both the children and is restricting her access to them.

Channel Nine will also pay a financial settlement, of an undisclosed amount, as a settlement to el-Amien to drop his civil claim. News Corp reports the settlement may be as high as several million dollars. el-Amien says he did not receive financial compensation, and he may be willing to allow a visit between the children and their mother at some time in the future; however he will not allow the children to return to Australia because he is afraid they will not come home (the custody order would be enforced).

Faulkner’s legal rights in Australia mean nothing in Lebanon. Faulkner’s Lebanese lawyer Ghassan Moghabghab said El-Amien will get everything he wants because he has the legal rights in Lebanon. 

Faulkner was allowed a short visit with her children before leaving Lebanon. Her daughter gave her mother a Barbie ring “so you won’t forget me”.  Faulkner reports that she is overwhelmed with grief due to the loss of her children, and has not had any contact with them. 

Ali el-Amien admitted that the children ask to return to their mother. 

Read More: 

60 Minutes crew face jail term over attempted child ’rescue’ in Lebanon by Janet Fife-Yeomans

60 Minutes: Sally Faulkner’s estranged husband admits children want to be with mum by Latika Bourke, Ruth Pollard and Suzan Haidamous

Deal struck in 60 Minutes ‘child-abduction’ case by Latika Bourke

The heartbreaking moment Sally Faulkner had to say goodbye to her now estranged children by Holly Byrnes, with staff writers News Corp Australia Network

‘I call this injustice’: Adam Whittington refused bail with three other men accused over 60 Minutes botched child abduction attempt by Daily Mail

In 2004, Genevieve Kelley, along with her second husband, Scott Kelley, and daughter 8 year old Mary Nunes, went into hiding in Central America. Genevieve claims her daughter was being sexually abused by her ex-husband, Mark Nunes, and that she fled with her daughter in order to protect her.

Genevieve Kelly (US Marshals)

Wayne Rioux, who was then the police chief of Whitefield, New Hampshire claims Genevieve was brainwashing her daughter to believe abuse had occurred. There were concerns over a video Genevieve made, questioning Mary about the alleged abuse. Genevieve says a therapist told her to make the video, that her intentions were to help not to harm. Guardian ad litem on the case, Abbie Teachout, says Genevieve was alienating Mary from her father, “She (Genevieve) appeared to be really, almost obsessed in her concern over Mary and that Mark had done something to harm the child…Out of all the families I’ve worked with, this was a case where parent alienation was 100 percent evident – that Genevieve was doing everything she could to alienate this child from her father, from the beginning.

In 2004, the Kelley family moved to Colorado. The child custody order said that Genevieve was not to remove Mary from the state, and in 2005 the court would award Mark sole custody. By then, the family had fled the country.

In Colorado, Mary was evaluated by two doctors, one who diagnosed trauma in the child but did not state what caused it. The family also sought help from a noted attorney. Attorney Alan Rosenfeld specializes in child advocacy and domestic violence cases, says that Genevieve had no other option than to run away with her daughter, after a court-appointed guardian and social service agencies didn’t believe the abuse allegations.

The abuse allegations against Mark Nunes were investigated then dismissed, no charges were filed due to lack of evidence. It is worth noting that before their divorce, Genevieve filed for, and received, a restraining order against Mark (who claims he never abused her).

(March 2015) In a recent court motion, Mary states that she was being abused by her father, and that she begged her mother and step-father to protect her, ” “and I asked them to do it.” Mary also refers to herself as a “rape victim” and her father as the perpetrator.

Now the family is back in the United States, with both Genevieve and Scott Kelly facing criminal charges in Coos County Superior Court for noncustodial kidnapping and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Scott Kelly (wanted poster)

The Kelley family emerged from hiding when U.S. Marshals were alerted by officials at the U.S. embassy in Costa Rica that Mary, Scott and their attorney, Alan Rosenfeld, had asked the embassy to help them get US passports.

In November 2014, Genevieve returned to the US to seek medical treatment for a son born to her and Scott, while in hiding. She refused to reveal the whereabouts of Scott and Mary when arrested in Lancaster, New Hampshire. Genevieve has since been released on bail and is barred from having any contact with either Scott or Mary.

In April 2015, Scott was told that he could come back into the US without facing charges, a lie. So Scott and step-daughter Mary boarded a plane for the US, not knowing they were being tricked in order to get them to return to US soil.

On April 14, 2015 Scott was taken into custody as soon as he stepped off the plane at Atlanta International Airport. Scott was arrested on a kidnapping warrant. Mary was questioned then released.

Father, Mark Nunes, has expressed that he is concerned about Mary, and wishes to reunite with her. Markhad hired a private investigator to find Mary but had not been successful. Mr. Nunes says (The Associated Press): “It’s very hard for us to reconcile our mental image of her as a 7-year-old girl with the reality that she’s a gawky, beautiful, 18-year-old teenager that we could pass on the street and might not even recognize. We love Mary and are overjoyed that she is alive and back in the U.S. Our hearts and home are open to her, and we will do everything we can to insure she remains safe and healthy. We look forward to the day our family is finally reunited.”

Mary Nunes is expected to testify on behalf of her mother, and shows no indication of wanting to reconnect with her father.

Sources:

For updated related to Genevieve Kelley: “Friends of Genevieve Kelley” https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Genevieve-Kelly/370039133164287

“Missing girl taken by mom in custody battle found after 11 years; stepdad arrested” by Dave Solomon, New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/15/2015: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150415/NEWS03/150419409/1006/NEWS03&template=mobileart

“Search for girl reveals bitter family split” by Associated Press, AZ Central, 5/10/2009: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/05/10/20090510mary.html

“Scott Kelley, fugitive featured on ‘The Hunt’ surrenders” by Stephanie Gallman and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 4/15/2015:

  • http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/15/us/hunt-fugitive-scott-kelley-arrested/
  • “Teen in high profile custody case pleads for her mom – Mary Nunes breaks an 11 year silence as mom faces trial” by Newser Editors and Wire Services, 4/28/2015: http://www.newser.com/story/206053/teen-in-high-profile-custody-case-pleads-for-her-mom.html

    Seattle Police report that a SWAT team snuck into a home and rescued a 23-month-old boy who had been kidnapped by his father, Daniel Lopez-Andino.

    Daniel Lopez-Andino was sleeping with the boy on his chest at the time of the rescue. Lt. Grant Ballingham of the South Precinct said during the SWAT standoff, Lopez-Andino’s uncle was talking with police by cell phone, and sending the police photos of the house to assist in the rescue. With the information given to SWAT, they went into the house in full gear, tiptoed into the basement and grabbed the boy off the sleeping father’s chest, then took the him into custody.

    The boy was allegedly abducted by Lopez-Andino during a robbery of the boy’s mother, who was assaulted. Lopez-Andino does not have custody of the boy. Daniel Lopez-Andino was booked into King County Jail on various charges.

    Read More:

    “SWAT tiptoes in, rescues Amber Alert baby” by Susan Wyatt, KING 5 News, 4/1/2015: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2015/04/01/swat-tiptoes-in-rescues-amber-alert-baby/70809628/

    Q13 FOX News

    SEATTLE — Police found a missing 23-month boy safe early Wednesday morning and took his father into custody. An Amber Alert that had been issued Tuesday night was canceled.

    The boy, Aaron Lopez, was being returned to his mother, who had legal custody of the child.

    Seattle police found the boy and his father, Daniel Lopez-Andino, at a relative’s home in the Skyway area and entered the home early Wednesday to recover the boy and arrest the father, who is not a legal custodian of the child.

    Police said Lopez-Andino, 24, abducted Aaron after a strong-armed robbery of the child’s mother in the 3000 block of South Chicago Street Tuesday.

    The child’s mother told police that Aaron’s father physically assaulted her, took her purse and car keys and grabbed her son. Lopez-Andino then buckled Aaron into the front passenger seat of her silver 2003 BMW 325 4-door and sped off.

    A child…

    View original post 113 more words

    http://www.leehansen.com

    Miguel Morin (renamed Jaquan by his kidnapper) was kidnapped from his family at age 8 months by his godmother and babysitter, Krystle Tanner and her mother, Gloria Walker. Incredibly, after 8 years, Miguel/Jaquan has been reunited with his family.

    My heart goes out to these children, it seems they have been through so much.. It is a miracle this child has been found and reunited with his family. I am praying for this family, and thanking God for this miracle.

    Thank you to the police, prosecutors and jurors for their hard work on this case. And thanks to the Auguillard family for taking these children into their home, caring for them, and keeping these siblings together.

    San Augustine, Texas

    2004: Miguel Morin, 8 months, is kidnapped from his home by the babysitter and godmother, Krystle Tanner and her mother, Gloria Walker. Tanner and Walker renamed the baby “Jaquan”.

    -Tanner claims she “bought” the baby from his biological mother, Auboni Champion-Morin and father, Fernando Morin. However, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham of San Augustine County felt there was significant evidence showing this was a case of kidnapping. Tanner and Walker lived on the run with Jaquan/Miguel for 8 years and kept him out of school to avoid suspicion. Jaquan/Miguel was abused & neglected, and frequently denied basic medical care.

    -Child Welfare investigators said the Morins were uncooperative with the investigation when the child was reported missing, the Morins deny this.

    April 2010: Krystle Tanner’s newborn son test positive for marijuana, and an investigation into her background begins, raising questions about Miguel/Jaquan.

    Summer 2011- Krystle Tanner brings Miguel/Jaquan to the hospital for a leg injury and cannot provide any identifying information,or a social security number. A hospital staff member alerts social services, prompting an investigation.

    March 2012: Authorities prove that Jaquan is the kidnapped child Miguel Morin, and arrested Tanner and Walker (who resided together). Jaquan/Miguel is placed into foster care temporarily.

    Jan 2013: A Houston judge places Jaquan/Miguel with Junita and Joseph Auguillard, who are caring for the boy’s 4 siblings. The Auguillard family has had an agreement, for the last 10 years, to care for the Morin children ages 7-14. The Auguillard family is the legal guardians. The Morins are not commenting on the circumstances which led to the children being placed out of home.

    Jaquan/Miguel has been told the truth about his family of origin and is in weekly joint theray sessions with his biological parents.

    On Feb. 19, 2013, jurors found both Gloria Walker and Krystle Tanner guilty of kidnapping.

    Gloria Walker was sentenced to 30 years for injury to a child and eight years for kidnapping. The sentences will be served concurrently.

    Krystle Tanner, was sentenced to eight years for kidnapping and eight years for reckless injury to a child, to be served concurrently as well.

    This is a complicated story, the Morrins are currently separated from all of their children, and working in therapy towards reunion. I sincerely hope the Morins get the help needed, and make the efforts, to maintain their relationship with their children, and get a fresh start to be a family.

    Sources:

    Christianpost.com, “Women Hid Boy for 8 Years: 2 Women Convicted for Kidnapping 8 Month Old Baby (VIDEO)” . Feb 19, 2013. Written by Jim Gardner, Christian Post Contributor: http://www.christianpost.com/news/women-hid-boy-for-8-years-2-women-convicted-for-kidnapping-8-month-old-baby-video-90384/

    ClarionLedger.com, ” Texas women hid boy for 8 years after kidnapping”. Feb 19, 2013.
    Written by Associated Press: http://www.clarionledger.com/viewart/20130219/NEWS03/130219023/Texas-women-hid-boy-8-years-after-kidnapping

    Daily Mail Online,”DNA test on boy, 8, proves he IS the baby of couple who reported him missing in 2004 – but did they actually GIVE him away?”. March 22, 2012. By Daily Mail Reporter: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2118851/Miguel-Morin-DNA-test-proves-baby-couple-reported-missing-2004–did-away.html