Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dad who has "a history with police" arrested for abducting 9-month-old son; dad in "custody dispute" with mom (Calgary, Canada)

Rather poorly written article. Not until we get to the very end are we told there is a "custody dispute"--i.e. a raging father declaring war on the mother.

So until you understand that, the rest doesn't make sense. Why would the parents be at McDonalds, only to get into an "altercation" (a vague term is ever there was one) and have Dad take off with the baby?

Only because this was a visitation exchange. That's my best guess. Probably court-ordered, as courts often use fast food places as "neutral" pick-up and drop-off spaces. They figure Daddy won't go psycho at a public space, but here at Dastardly Dads we have reported many cases of violence directed at mothers or children in these kinds of public spaces.

So why the need for the neutral place? Well, here we get all vague again. Daddy has "a history with the police." Which means what? He sold the most tickets for the Police Benevolence Association? Uh, don't think so. Once again, we have a stupid euphemism that disguises any number of violent criminal acts.

So what happened? Apparently this wasn't Daddy just wanting a little extra parenting time. Notice that the charges are not explained. What threats did Daddy issue to whom? And what conditions were breached? An order of protection?

And why was a father with this kind of track record (which is pretty obvious if you read between the lines) allowed access at all? Who gave it to him? Who could possibly be indulging his "custody dispute?"

And why can't the media provide a clear account without all the obfuscations?

Dad is identified as CHRISTIAN  JOVANOVIC.

Father arrested following suspected child abduction in northeast Calgary

Ryan White, CTV Calgary
Published Saturday, June 28, 2014 11:19AM MDT
Last Updated Saturday, June 28, 2014 6:26PM MDT

A 40-year-old man is in police custody after allegedly abducting his own child from a northeast parking lot on Friday evening.

Police responded to the parking lot of the Chili’s restaurant in the 2400 block of 37 Ave. N.E. at approximately 8:00 p.m. Friday following reports a nine-month-old child had been kidnapped following an altercation between the boy’s parents. The suspect left the scene in a taxi.

The disappearance prompted members of the Calgary Police Service to issue an amber alert. A nine-month-old child was located safe and unharmed near the Riverbend McDonalds Saturday morning after an eight hour disappearance.

“In this instance, based on the threat assessment that we did when the call was initiated, we believed it met the criteria of an amber alert,” said CPS Duty Insp. Mike Tillotson. “It’s the right thing to do when we’re dealing with a nine month old child.”

At approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday, the child was handed to police in the parking lot of a McDonalds restaurant in the southeast community of Riverbend. The infant was in good health.

“The police were contacted by associates of this male who gave us information about where the child was located and then ultimately turned the child over to us,” said Insp. Tillotson. “The father was arrested nearby.”

Christian Jovanovic, the infant’s father, was arrested Saturday morning. Charges are pending against the 40-year-old man who has a history with police.

Police expect to charge the suspect in connection to the abduction. Jovanovic is expected to face additional charges including:

• Two counts of uttering threats
• Three counts of breaching conditions

Police believe the child's parents are currently involved in a custody dispute. ..