New York Husband and Wife have seven Children together.
One of their Children reportedly arrives at school with one eye bloodshot.
This apparently precipitates a report of alleged child abuse to New York’s child welfare agency.
Children are removed from Husband and Wife’s home and taken into child protective custody.
And placed in foster care, reportedly in three separate foster homes. Nearly three years ago.
Along the way, an eighth child of Husband and Wife is born. She joins her siblings in foster care.
Husband and Wife claim to have complied with the Family Court’s juvenile dependency case plan with the expectation of being reunited with Children.
They maintain that they are good parents who provided a loving home. They are critical of the care provided by New York’s child welfare agency, citing the agency’s unnecessary medication of one Child for hyperactivity, inadequate security, Children’s complaints of insufficient food and appearance of bruises and cuts on Children.
But Husband and Wife assert that they got wind that their parental rights were going to be terminated and Children were going to be adopted.
Wife has a supervised visitation with Children at a foster care and supervised visitation facility.
Children walk out of the facility with Wife.
And Husband and Wife allegedly go on the run with Children.
For seven days. Until they are caught by law enforcement.
And Husband collapses and is hospitalized for several days.
Children are in good condition. Husband and Wife are arrested on charges of kidnapping Children.
Husband and Wife later plead guilty to interference with custody.
They serve sixty days of confinement and are also sentenced to three years of probation.
Children remain in foster care. Husband and Wife are barred from any contact with Children.
A hearing on visitation for Husband and Wife is forthcoming.
Read more in
- this NBC TV New York news article: Parents Who Abducted 8 Kids Speak of Life on the Run
- this UK Mail news article: The EIGHT children abducted by their parents from foster care are found safe and ‘in good condition’ by NYPD
- this New York Times article: Recalling Days on the Run With Abducted Children