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Child missing since '94 found safe, Isle of Palms mom charged with Kidnapping

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United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today the indictments charging Dorothy Lee Barnett, a/k/a Alexandria Maria Canton, a/k/a Alexandria Maria Geldenhuys, age 53, of Queensland, Australia, formerly of Isle of Palms with one count of International Parental Kidnapping and two counts of False Statement in a Passport Application.

According to Nettles, Barnett is charged with retaining her infant child outside the United States with the intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of another person's parental rights. She is charged with two counts of making false statements in a passport application in which she used a false identity.
 
U.S. Attorney Nettles stated that the indictment alleges that the minor child was removed from the country in 1994 when the child was less than 10 months old. U.S. Attorney Nettles stated that the child, now an adult, has been located and found to be safe, healthy and otherwise living a normal life.
 
The adult child was contacted by Australian and U.S. authorities regarding the case near the time of Barnett's arrest. Barnett was arrested in Australia on November 4, 2013, and began a bond hearing on November 12, 2013, which continued November 20, 2013, at which time Barnett was denied a bond pending extradition to the United States.
 
Barnett is currently facing extradition back to the United States, and no court date in the United States has been set. The International Parental Kidnapping count carries up to three years imprisonment under 18 U.S.C. § 1204 and each of the False Statement charges carry up to ten years imprisonment under 18 U.S.C. § 1542.
 
 
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