Monday, November 29, 2010

Dad in "custody dispute" charged with assault, kidnapping (Corbin, Kentucky)

What a brave and resourceful little girl. She very possibly saved her own life. I have found that in nearly all of these child kidnapping/abduction cases where the father who uses violence against the mother or caretaker, he tends not to have good intentions. In other words, "quality time" with the child is not the motive. Hurting and controlling people is. Pretty dang stupid for a guy who "allegedly" assaulted someone to feign concern for somebody else being "in danger." I don't buy that for a second. And the fact that this 8-year-old girl sensed in a very real way that she was in danger with Dad DONNIE LEE SHELTON--and not with Mom--pretty much tells you what's going on here.

And once again, the media labels and minimizes a violent child abduction as a "custody dispute." This is not a "dispute." This is a classic case of an abusive father exploiting child custody issues to harrass and threaten the mother and child.

Hat tip to S.

Girl fakes illness to end abduction, officials say
8-year-old brought to the hospital by her dad, who had absconded with her

Donnie Lee Shelton was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from another state when he took his daughter to a hospital in staff and news service reports staff and news service reports

updated 11/24/2010 10:02:42 AM ET 2010-11-24T15:02:42

CORBIN, Ky. — A South Carolina girl abducted by her dad following a custody dispute faked stomach pains so that he would take her to a hospital where she could be rescued, police said.

Donnie Lee Shelton brought his 8-year-old daughter to the emergency room at Baptist Regional Medical Center early Tuesday in Corbin in the central part of Kentucky, according to police.

A nurse became suspicious when the girl wouldn't make eye contact with her, so staffers checked the Amber Alert website, then called police at about 3:40 a.m., the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper reported.

Hospital official John Henson said the girl faked being sick after she saw a hospital sign.

"She feigned abdominal pain so that her dad would bring her to the emergency room when she saw a hospital sign," John Henson of Baptist Regional Medical Center said.

'I just thank God'

The 46-year-old Shelton was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from another state. The Herald-Leader reported that Shelton was wanted in South Carolina not only for the abduction of a child but also on charges of first-degree assault and battery.

The girl's mother, Kim Shelton, said her ex-husband barged into their home on Monday afternoon and took her, WYFF4 reported.

Interviewed by WYMT-TV at the jail, Shelton said he took his daughter in Pickens County, S.C., because he felt she was in danger.