A Wisconsin father reportedly failed to return his four children (by two different mothers) from an out-of-state trip at the end of his scheduled visitation time.
Some of the children contacted friends by phone or text message to cancel plans for the following week upon learning of the surprise trip with their father.
Both mothers filed missing persons reports immediately following the weekend. An Amber Alert was issued.
Intensifying concerns in this case were allegations that the father had just bought a gun and that he was suffering from paranoid delusions. He had allegedly been prescribed at least three medications for depression and other conditions.
He reportedly told his employers in the Fire Department that he was on a task force on identity theft, which he believed his ex-wife had committed against him. The Fire Department advised that it has no such task force.
He reportedly told the mothers that the gun he had purchased was for his task force work.
The man has been charged with three felony counts of custodial interference and faces yet a fourth charge of another count of the same crime. He will be extradited back to Wisconsin.