Jury Hangs Over Father’s Prosecution for Unlawful Retention of Children In Face of Alleged Child Abuse by Mother

Michigan family court awards primary custody of Children to Mother.

Father reportedly keeps Children beyond his allowed visitation and timesharing … and makes off with Children to Canada.

When captured by law enforcement authorities, Father contends that Mother is abusive toward Children and he is only trying to protect Children from Mother.

Father is charged with unlawful retention of the Children by a parent.

And the Children are returned to Mother’s care as originally court-ordered.

At trial, the Children’s testimony does not sound as though it corroborates Father’s version of events.

The jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict and a second trial is scheduled.