A thirty-three year old woman sat in court on Friday as her parental custody rights were terminated. She then seized her children from authorities, and fled the hearing with 2 other women. The 3 women and 5 juveniles left Allegheny County Children, Youth and Family custody hearing.
Video footage shows Ms. Crosby and Ms. Robinson leaving the courthouse. These ladies each had one child with them. When the third woman, Ms. Guyy, exited the court house she had three juveniles with her and began running from the property.
Ms. Guyy, Ms. Crosby’s mother, was found at a bus station headed to McKees Rocks from downtown. She claimed she did not know where her daughter was.
Later, when authorities contacted Ms. Robinson they discovered Ms. Crosby’s plan. The following morning the mother was going to flee the town with her children on a Greyhound bus. Police located the mother, along with four of the children taken from the courthouse that day.
The fifth juvenile was found at an apartment building close by. Ms Robinson and Ms. Crosby were arrested. All three women are facing charges for kidnapping, interference with custody of children and criminal conspiracy.
Custodial Interference and Kidnapping
If an individual withholds the child from other parents, denies access to the child, or fails to return the child to the lawful parent, and individual can be found guilty of custodial interference. (A.R.S. 13-1302)
Kidnapping occurs when one individual retrains another with the intent to: hold the victim for ransom, hostage, or involuntary servitude, inflict death, injury, or a sexual offense of the victim, place the victim in injury, or seize and take control of a vehicle. Kidnapping is a class 2 felony.
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