Monday, March 27, 2006
Crossdressing is Funnier When it Involves Child Abduction!
From my homestate, where else? I love that the headline accuses her of crossdressing and not kidnapping...
Mother accused of impersonating kids' father
Mar. 27, 2006. 12:32 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A woman accused of abducting her two young children from their father, then dressing like a man so she could assume his identity, agreed Monday to return to Arizona where she faces kidnapping charges, authorities said.
Shellie White, 30, was taken into custody Friday in Roanoke Rapids, where police said she and a woman lived together as the children’s father and mother.
The arrest came more than two years after White was charged with custodial interference in the children’s disappearance, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Her ex-husband, Ernest Karnes, had custody of the children at the time and learned Friday that they had been found.
“The first thing that came out of his mouth was, ‘Did they get my kids, too? Are my kids OK?’” Gila County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Det. Johnny Holmes said Monday.
The U.S. Marshals Service, in a news release, said White “radically changed her appearance to that of a man and assumed many aliases,” including her ex-husband’s.
“She even went so far as to tell her children, aged three and five at the time, that she was their father,” the marshals service said. “When she was arrested, the children, now aged six and eight, asked why they were arresting their daddy.”
White, in a telephone interview from Halifax County jail with the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald, denied any wrongdoing.
“I did not steal my children,” she said. “I have court papers saying I have custody.
“When I left Arizona in 2003, I told Ernie. He told me ‘No problem.’”
Under the terms of the divorce, Ernest Karnes had custody of the children, a boy and a girl, but his wife had visitation rights, Holmes said. He said Karnes’ wife could take the children to Tucson when she lived there, but neither parent could leave the state with them without the other’s permission.
White signed a waiver of extradition on the fugitive warrant Monday, said Leslie Faithful, the assistant clerk of courts in Halifax County.
Holmes said that after charging White with custodial interference in January 2004, authorities were able to trace the children to various schools, but always came up empty.
Holmes said he was contacted about a month or two ago by a police officer in North Carolina who had received a letter from Ernest Karnes, who said he believed his ex-wife was in the area. Karnes contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children earlier this month.
Karnes told WRAL-TV the break came when a bill collector led detectives to the home in Roanoke Rapids, about 135 kilometres northeast of Raleigh.
He and his current wife flew to North Carolina on Sunday to seek custody of the children from Halifax County authorities. They hoped to see the children Monday and take them back to Arizona, WRAL reported.