Mother accused of abducting daughter held on $100,000 bail…

March 21, 2001 – Catrena Renee Jones abducted her 7-year-old biological daughter from Mount Calvary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach.  Around 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, West Palm Beach police responded to a call from the church of a possible abduction. According to the police report, officers arrived to find Williams and Florie McFarlane, Williams’ grandmother, who had taken Ricarra to church Sunday morning.

McFarlane said Ricarra had been speaking to a woman who identified herself to church employees as her “auntie,” according to the report.

By the time the church services began, Jones managed to escape with Ricarra, triggering a police search notification of the Florida Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse. A missing child alert was issued for Ricarra, Carol Frederick, spokeswoman for the clearinghouse and Florida Department of Law Enforcement said on Monday.

The girl was found around 8 p.m. unharmed in Lake Park with Jones, according to the police report. Jones was being held late Monday in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Est Palm Beach County Jail.


Attempt to abduct child at LA church

November 20, 2010 – Police were called to Saint Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church at Figueroa and Adams.Angelica DeLeon says two men tried to kidnap her 2-year-old daughter right out of her arms.  DeLeon says the men didn’t say anything, but one man tried to grab the toddler while the other grabbed her from behind.

“Had it not been for the citizens who decided to get involved, we would have probably not caught these individuals,” said LAPD.

Pastor held over child abduction

Pastor held over child abduction
Nov 7, 2010 – POLICE in Tororo have arrested a 28-year-old pastor over child abduction. Geoffrey Ochieng of Mountain Prayer Church was arrested on Monday after a botched deal to abduct 15 pupils of UTRO Primary School on Sunday night. The child and family protection unit officer, Sophie Nambala, said Ochieng deceived the pupils that he was taking them to Namboole stadium to pray for President Yoweri Museveni.

Mother arrested and charged with child abduction on a 1 year old

A 1-year-old girl who had been abducted from a church located in East Hartford,  has been found safe and her mother has been arrested and charged with child abduction.  Police discovered the mother and child on the beach boardwalk in West Haven.

The child was abducted by the mother during a church function on Sunday after her  grandmother, who is her foster parent, was attending a church function.  According to the Police report, the mother abducted the infant girl after she took the girl to change her diaper.

Question:  Does your church have a policy that states that if the custody of a child changes that the custodian of the child notify the church of the change of custody within 24 hours?  This would prevent unauthorized access to the child or prevent the child from being released to the custody of the wrong legal guardian. What type of security policies and procedures do you have in place for the protection of the children within your church organization?  Who designed them and are they comprehensive?  Are all volunteers required to attend a training session and sign-off on your polices prior to being allowed access to children?  Call Watchman Security Consulting Ministry today to get started on the designing of comprehensive site-specific policies and procedures today!

Witnesses helped thwart child kidnapping outside Eugene church

EUGENE — Quick action by witnesses has helped thwart the kidnapping of a 2-year-old outside a church in Eugene.
Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says witnesses heard a mother calling out for her child outside Bethesda Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon.

Some saw a man attempting to lure a toddler away from the rest of the crowd. A woman grabbed the child, and the man jumped into a vehicle and drove away.
A police crime prevention specialist who was at the scene radioed in descriptions of the suspect and vehicle, and police quickly detained the suspect.
The Register-Guard newspaper reports that 23-year-old Azoulas David Yurashunas was arrested and booked into Lane County Jail. He faces a charge of second-degree kidnapping.