ERIC Number: ED209572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun-24
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Kidnaping. Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary. House of Representatives, Ninety-Sixth Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
This record of a Congressional subcommittee hearing on parental kidnapping begins with an introduction to the problems of approximately 25,000 children, who are abducted each year by a parent in violation of child custody and visitation court orders following divorce proceedings. Various legal technicalities are noted, including that parents are exempt from criminal prosecution under the federal kidnapping statute, i.e., when a parent kidnaps a child and takes him/her to another state, that state is not bound by the child custody decree issued in the first state. Several Congressional members introduce legislation to combat the problem of child snatching and describe experiences of their constituents who were victimized by child snatching. Testimony is provided by a panel of witnesses, comprised of members of Children's Rights Inc., a non-profit organization addressing the problems of child snatching as well as parents of kidnapped children. The motives of parental kidnappers are explored, dangers to the children are discussed, FBI involvement in cases is considered, and changes in legislation are suggested. Statements from representatives from the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the Department of Health and Human Services are also included in the appendix. (NRB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.