April 7, 2010
Parental Child Abduction
A recent California
WALNUT CREEK — The arrest this week of a woman who took off with her 8-year-old daughter in 1995 during a child custody dispute is being lauded by police and missing child experts as an exceptional event.
In some ways, it wasn't an exception at all.
Parental and family abductions account for nearly
97 percent of child abduction reports in the state. In Contra Costa County,
But authorities say what is notable is the 15-year
gap between the disappearance and discovery of Wendy Dawn Hill, now 52, and her
daughter Jessica Click-Hill, now 22. According to Justice Department data
culled by the National Center for Missing
"These cases usually last two or three
months," said Merritt Weisinger, a Walnut Creek attorney
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