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Lawrence mother charged after flight to keep daughters from father

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 12, 2015

LAWRENCE — A Lawrence mother was charged in federal court in Kansas City Wednesday on federal charges of fleeing to Europe to avoid losing custody of her two daughters. Samantha Elmer, 33, is charged with one count of taking her children now the United States with intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of parental rights, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Elmer is accused of taking her 11-year-old and nine-year-old daughters and flying them from Chicago to Vienna, Austria, via Istanbul, Turkey. A week earlier, Elmer’s ex-husband and father the two girls had filed for full custody in Johnson County District Court, Grissom said. Elmer was also scheduled for a hearing on felony theft charges in Johnson County. Grissom said on Oct. 29, a Lawrence police officer went to Elmer’s house after her daughters had missed six days of school. Police learned that Elmer had rented a vehicle and drove up to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m.


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