Man abducts own child, accused of killing estranged wife

On behalf of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Child custody situations can be contentious and for the parent who believes that they have been treated unfairly, the situation can take a tragic turn. This is the case for a Virginia man who is accused of abducting his daughter and killing his estranged wife.

A manhunt is underway for the 38-year-old man who police say is extremely dangerous. The incident began this week when the man arrived at his parents' home. They currently have custody of his daughter, so he tied them up, so he could take his daughter. He also stole money and told his parents that he killed his wife and then took off in his parent's jeep with his daughter. His parents were not harmed.

Police are continuing to search for the man and are advising anyone that sees him to call 911 and not approach him. Right now the man is charged with armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping, grand larceny, and one count of child abduction. He has not been charged with the murder of his estranged wife.

Investigators on the case believe that the man could be still traveling in the stolen jeep and want the public to keep an eye out for them.

While we don't know all of the details of this case, it is an extreme example of a potential custody case gone wrong. In Virginia there are options to modify a custody agreement, but there needs to be a valid reason to change the order. For example, a modification of a custody order may be available if there is a major change that affects the child's life, or if a significant change of circumstances makes the original agreement not workable. It is important to understand child custody issues and the process used by the Virginia Courts to determine child custody.

Only a qualified family law attorney can help you understand your rights and options in modifications and the most effective way to obtain one. An attorney understands the decision-making process and the laws used in child custody cases to help you make the best decision for you and your family.

Source: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, "UPDATE: Manhunt continues for suspect who abducted child," Kate Coil, April 13, 2012

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