SALT LAKE CITY — Arlet Falslev was 17 months old when she was taken from her father.
She was 9 when she was found with her mother in Minnesota and returned to Utah, where she was reunited with her dad — a man she didn’t remember.
Terryl Warner, Cache County’s director of victim services, told state lawmakers about the case of parental kidnapping Thursday. The girl’s mother, she said, still has visitation rights, but now she must wear an ankle bracelet broadcasting her whereabouts.
Warner testified in support of a bill that would classify parental kidnapping as a new offense. HB173, sponsored by Rep. Val Potter, R-North Logan, defines the offense as one parent withholding another parent’s right to see their child in such a way that they cannot resolve the conflict through civil remedies.
The first two offenses of parental kidnapping would be a class B misdemeanor…
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