Child Recovery Unit
A Successful Recovery Story
In May 2012, the father lost all contact with his daughters and their mother. He believed the mother had left California in violation of their custody order and had gone to Arkansas without informing him or providing him with a new address and phone number. The Family Law court ordered the Riverside County DA’s Child Recovery Unit to locate the mother and children. The Child Recovery Unit did just that -- finding them in Arkansas.
In September 2012, the court again ordered the mother to allow the father frequent communication and visitation with their father, including a 2012 Christmas visit in Riverside. When the mother failed to follow the court orders and failed to send the children for the Christmas 2012 visit, the court modified its order and granted the father physical custody of the children. The mother thereafter refused to return the children from Arkansas to California.
At the court’s direction the Child Recovery Unit obtained warrants to recover the children out of state. Working with Arkansas prosecutors, Arkansas law enforcement officers and the local Arkansas court, Child Recovery Unit investigators flew to Arkansas in April 2012 and – much to the mother’s surprise -- picked up the children.
The girls, ages 12 and 9 in 2013, were safely returned to their father, who had not seen his two daughters in nearly a year.