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October 16, 2012 permalink
In two cases mothers are being punished for caring for their own children. Shantesha Fluker was arrested in Stockton California for taking her baby daughter. And in Illinois Nyway Abbaa was sentenced for taking her two children from a supervised visit. The judge called her selfish.
Mom arrested for taking child
STOCKTON -- Stockton police arrested a mother who is accused of taking her daughter away from an unsupervised visit on Monday.
Shantesha Fluker, 31, was found in a home on the 4400 block of Calandria Street, south of March Lane, at 8:40 p.m. Monday, police spokesman Officer Joe Silva said.
Police sent out a notice Monday morning that Fluker had gone to the 100 block of San Joaquin Street and took her 1-month-old daughter Tierra Vaughn from the building. Fluker does not have custody of her daughter.
Silva said Fluker was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail and the infant was placed back into the custody of Child Protective Services.
Source: The Record (Stockton)
Peoria mother gets probation for abducting her kids
Nyway Abbaa took her children from FamilyCore during supervised visit
A Peoria woman was sentenced to 30 months of probation for abducting her two young children in May from Peoria and taking them to Minneapolis.
Nyway Abbaa, 19, of 819 MacQueen Ave. apologized for taking her children on May 10 during a supervised visit, saying she was only concerned about the children's welfare.
The children were sick, she said, and she wanted to get them help in Minnesota, where she has ties.
Circuit Judge Steve Kouri questioned that, saying he didn't know if she was truly worried about the children or just being "selfish" and taking the children a few weeks after she had been declared an unfit mother.
Kouri opted not for any prison time - she faced two years in prison under a plea agreement - saying she would have only four months left, given 148 days already served and "good-time" credit.
Probation, he said, would give her more time to tackle her problems.
The judge ordered her to complete anger management counseling, take any medication that is prescribed and abide by the rules of the juvenile court overseeing her children's case. The judge also said she could not have any visits with the children until both he and the juvenile court judge signed off on the matter.
Prosecutors claimed Abbaa and King Peterson, 25, of Minneapolis grabbed the children from FamilyCore, 330 SW Washington St., about 2 p.m. May 10 after Abbaa went to FamilyCore for her visit with the children, who are in foster care.
The couple and the children made it to Minneapolis that evening before the vehicle was spotted by police and Abbaa was apprehended. Peterson was not present in the vehicle, and he turned himself in to police the next morning.
Peterson was acquitted in August of similar charges by a Peoria County jury after a one-day trial. Abbaa pleaded guilty two weeks later to child abduction.
Source: Peoria Journal Star