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1781. Parental Kidnapping

State requests for the filing of unlawful flight complaints in felony parental abduction cases are to be treated in the same manner as other unlawful flight requests. See JM 9-69.421. See Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act of 1980, Pub.L. 96-611, Sec. 10; 94 Stat. 3573, reprinted in notes to 18 U.S.C. § 1073.

Note that an unlawful flight warrant for the arrest of the absconding parent does not authorize a search for the minor child, the taking of the child into custody or the removal of the child from the state.

COMMENT: International Parental Kidnapping is a federal offense, 18 U.S.C. § 1204. A discussion of this offense is set forth at JM 9-74.200.

[cited in JM 9-69.421]

Updated January 17, 2020