Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dad holds 2-year-old daughter hostage in police standoff then abducts her; police indifferent (Topeka, Kansas)

Shawnee County, Kansas is a horror for mothers and children. Notice that this couple did not live together. I see no evidence they were ever even married, and whether they are still a couple is not clear despite reports that this is her "boyfriend."

Nevertheless, as is typical these days, the mother DID NOT have full custody even though her daughter is practically a baby. Nevertheless, she is "involving" dad TREVOR HUGHES, just as mothers are REQUIRED to do these days unless they want to lose custody and have their parental rights severed.

So Daddy locks Mom out of HER HOME (not his, not theirs) with the baby inside. The police arrive, but Dad has managed to take off with the daughter. Notice the police attitudes here. They don't take this abduction seriously at all - even after more than 12 hours have passed with no sign of the baby. No Amber Alert, no nothing At minimum, we know he's verbally abusive and controlling. Even the usually clueless neighbors managed to detect that.

Typical of  the police indifference to the safety of women and children. Especially the Topeka Police.

Topeka Police still searching for man, child involved in Saturday standoff

Standoff involving man, child ends when police find home empty

Posted: July 19, 2014 - 4:08pm

By Samantha Foster and Megan Hart

Topeka police continued to search early Sunday for a man involved in a domestic disturbance Saturday afternoon that led to an hourslong standoff outside what turned out to be an empty house.

As of 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Topeka Police had yet to find the man or the child he allegedly took from the home, said Lt. Scott Gilchrist. Police also weren’t ready to release their names, he said.

“We’re still trying to locate him and the child,” he said.

Police initially were called to a home in the 2600 block of S.W. Valley Brook Lane, just north of the Crestview Community Center, about 12:30 p.m. after a woman reported her boyfriend was inside her home with their nearly 2-year-old daughter, said Lt. Shane Lind.

When a response team entered the home about 4 p.m., they didn’t find the suspect or child.

“It turns out there was no one in the house,” Lind said.

Lind said there were no signs of foul play, but authorities at that time were determining whether the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert had been met.

“We will take a look at that as a serious possibility,” he said.

But as of 9 p.m., Sgt. Jay Junghans said police weren’t considering the incident an abduction and didn’t believe the girl was in any danger. However, he said, the man and child hadn’t been located, and police continued to search.

Police wouldn’t confirm the names of the man and child. However, Kansas First News identified the missing man as Trevor Hughes and his daughter as Ambree Jo.

Earlier, Lind said the child’s mother lives at the address, and her boyfriend doesn’t currently live there but frequently comes over. The child’s mother doesn’t have sole custody of the child, and she told police the child’s father is involved in the girl’s life.

Tonya Guedry and Brian Hoss, who live in a nearby home, said they heard the couple begin arguing about 9 a.m., and the woman had left about 10 a.m. They said police began arriving after noon.

Hoss said he and Guedry weren’t well acquainted with the couple but had heard them arguing before. “He likes to yell threats a lot,” he said.

Lind said the girl’s mother reported her boyfriend had locked her out of her home and wouldn’t let her back in. She claimed he was in the house with their daughter.

Negotiators tried to make contact with the man who was believed to be inside the home, even attempting to get a phone into the house to communicate with the man, who Lind said doesn’t have a cellphone.

Police also initially had information that the man may have barricaded the door of the residence.

However, police now don’t believe the doors were barricaded, and Lind said the man could easily have slipped outside the home while the woman was calling police from the front yard.

Because the man doesn’t own a cellphone or vehicle, Lind said, detectives were trying to determine where he may have gone. He said the man has family in Topeka.

Lind said detectives also were talking to neighbors to determine whether the couple’s daughter was with the man.