HOUSTON – A Brazilian couple accused of helping their daughter kidnap their Texas grandson and keep him in Brazil for the last five years would use their vast wealth to flee the U.S. if released on bond, prosecutors alleged during a federal court hearing Wednesday.
However, attorneys, family members and friends told a magistrate judge that Carlos and Jemima Guimaraes are not a flight risk and only want to have their day in court to prove their innocence.
The court appearance in Houston was the couple’s first in Texas since being arrested earlier this month in Miami after flying in from Brazil. Each has been indicted on two counts — international parental kidnapping and conspiracy. Both remain in federal custody.
Prosecutors allege the couple helped their daughter, Marcelle Guimaraes, keep her son in Brazil after she took him there in 2013 and failed to return to the United States…
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