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Florida sheriff's deputy accused of a crime

When parents go through a divorce, the communication between spouses can become incredibly tense and strained. Misunderstandings can easily result, and the animosity that often exists between divorcing parents can allow such miscommunication to escalate. Such may be the case for one Florida sheriff's deputy who was recently accused of a crime in connection to a visit with her son.

The deputy, a 37-year-old woman, works for St. Johns County. She, along with her husband, filed for divorce in September. Her husband is employed as a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol. During a recent visit with her son, the child's father apparently became concerned that his wife had not returned the boy in a timely manner. He notified the authorities, and an Amber Alert was issued for the child.

When the mother became aware of the Amber Alert, she contacted authorities and let them know where she and her son were located. The boy was returned to his father, and the mother was arrested and charged with kidnapping. However, a statement made by the sheriff's department claims that the incident was nothing more than a miscommunication between the parents.

As a law enforcement official accused of a crime, this sheriff's deputy certainly has a lot to lose. A kidnapping conviction could not only lead to problems with her employment, but could also affect the child custody portion of her divorce. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the matter, as well as the statements given by the child's father, the kidnapping charge could be dropped. If not, she will need to prepare a legal defense that explains how she came to have her child with her at a time when the father believed that he was entitled to have the child.

Source: wtsp.com, "Florida deputy arrested on kidnapping charge", Oct. 22, 2014

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