British mother who admitted abducting her two children is incarcerated

Professional muffin baker Indea Ford, 34, today admitted abducting his two children and bringing them to Alaska

Professional muffin baker Indea Ford, 34, today admitted abducting his two children and bringing them to Alaska

Professional muffin baker Indea Ford, 34, today admitted abducting his two children and bringing them to Alaska

A British mother who admitted abducting her two children and taking them to Alaska without permission has been imprisoned for three and a half years.

Indea Ford, 34, broke the court orders to take the children to Sitka after the failure of his "bitter" relationship with his father, Isleworth Crown Court, who met on Monday.

The professional pastry chef Indea, who previously lived in Maidstone, Kent, was to go to trial today.

But this morning, crying, he pleaded guilty to two counts of abduction of children after the move with his two young daughters in October 2015.

Sentencing Ford, the Gibson Grenfell QC recorder said: "A cynic might say that the defendant has achieved what he set out to achieve: to keep children in the United States permanently."

"I think there is a certain degree of aggravation in the fact that the children were taken to Alaska without prior connection to the area even though they knew their stepfather.

"The fact is that the relationship of the girls with their father, which remained, although there have been difficulties, has been broken.

& # 39; The violated the original order. In cases where a court order is flagrantly violated, there must be a dissuasive ruling.

& # 39; Children have already been out of the jurisdiction for three years and are still out of the jurisdiction. They are likely to be out of the jurisdiction permanently.

"There are no signs that he will bring them back." The relationship broke down and the parties separated in 2012. Things got rough between them and there was a series of court hearings. "

But he said that the father, who can not be named for legal reasons, has sometimes behaved "reprehensibly" during the relationship.

Parts of Ford's mitigation have been subject to reporting restrictions, but the court heard that the father denies certain allegations.

After marrying an American in the military, Ford broke a custody order and a family court ruling that prevented him from moving the children abroad.

Lauren Soertsz, in mitigation, said that Ford took the "wrong decision" when he stayed in the United States while on vacation, but he did it with the best intentions.

"She was excited and when she saw how happy the children were, her desire for that to continue was too strong," said Ms. Soertsz.

She added: "By staying in the United States, she was protecting her children. She wanted them to experience a conflict free life. Something that none had had in their short lives.

After their relationship broke in 2012, a family court in Dartford ordered that custody be shared among birth parents.

In April 2017, the mother of three children was arrested in Sitka, an island city in southern Alaska, 4,500 miles from where she lived in England until 2015.

In April 2017, the mother of three children was arrested in Sitka, an island city in southern Alaska, 4,500 miles from where she lived in England until 2015.

In April 2017, the mother of three children was arrested in Sitka, an island city in southern Alaska, 4,500 miles from where she lived in England until 2015.

The judge also ordered that each parent must have one of the girls' passports and Ford failed in May 2015 to obtain a family court to approve their transfer to the United States.

But at his sentencing hearing he told how the father went to look for the girls on October 3, 2015 and could not find them.

The father called the police and learned that the girls had left a day earlier on a flight to the United States after obtaining a new passport for the second child, alleging that it had been lost or stolen.

Jennifer Knight, a prosecutor, said the girls were protected by the court five days after her disappearance when the father filed an application in the Superior Court.

Ford has been incarcerated for three and a half years, but he will probably serve nine after remaining in custody on both sides of the Atlantic after taking his children to Alaska without permission.

Ford has been incarcerated for three and a half years, but he will probably serve nine after remaining in custody on both sides of the Atlantic after taking his children to Alaska without permission.

Ford has been incarcerated for three and a half years, but he will probably serve nine after remaining in custody on both sides of the Atlantic after taking his children to Alaska without permission.

Prosecutor Jennifer Knight said: "Each parent informed the other if they intended to go on vacation, and they should be notified well in advance of such a trip.

"The order clearly stated that it was a crime to remove children from the jurisdiction without the written consent of each person with parental responsibility for the children or the permission of the court.

"There has been a bitter relationship between Indea Ford and the girl's father."

The police got involved and Ford, who has a son with her new husband, was extradited in April.

Children stay with their stepfather in the US state. UU His father was not in court.

It is likely that Ford will be released in about nine months, since he has been imprisoned on both sides of the Atlantic

In April 2017, the mother of three children was arrested in Sitka, an island city in southern Alaska, 4,500 miles from where she lived in England until 2015.

She has been in custody in the United States and the United Kingdom since her arrest in January this year. His parents, who also live in the United States, sat in the public gallery.

Indea is married to the American Kenny Ford, who works for the Alaska Coast Guard, and they also have a small child together.

Ford moved to the Northwest of the United States with her two British daughters in October 2015.

Prior to her extradition, Ms. Ford had been under house arrest since her arrest in April 2017.

Since moving to Alaska, he seems to have become a popular member of the main Sitka evangelical church, Grace Harbor Church.

Pastor Paul McArthur told the local press that his congregation was praying for Mrs. Ford and her safe return.

He said: Anyone who knows Indea Ford and the Ford family realize that Indea is not a criminal.

& # 39; The more details learned from this story. Each of them makes it even more surprising that something like this is happening in two countries sophisticated enough to understand basic justice. "

Mr. Recorder Grenfell said that although the defense had invited him to approve a ruling that would allow Ford to return with his children, it was not within his duty to do so.

He said: "I do not believe that it is consistent with my duty or according to the facts in the case and the level of guilt of the accused to do so.

"The present case is in many ways unusual."

He said that the appropriate starting point was four years and seven months, but due to his first pleas. Personal mitigation and family circumstances were reduced to three and a half years in prison.

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