40 years of faulty wiring

Parental Abduction of Children: How Bad Can It Be?

I read this article on Yahoo today and my curiosity was piqued: Police find missing Cdn boy. His mother was the kidnapper: Perhaps the mother had no child access…a disturbing thought. The father had at least partial legal access so chances are he was a good dad. What’s the big deal? I thought. watch Family abduction how bad can it be.

Often family abductions are committed by abusive, pathological parents who had limited or no access to the child.  Consider the repercussions to the child:

  1. assumed identity
  2. lack of access to education
  3. isolation by parent to avoid detection
  4. psychological trauma leading to personality disorders
  5. physical/sexual abuse

Watch author Ken Connelly talks about parent-child abduction

Imagine pretending you were the opposite sex at your abducting parent’s insistence? Imagine being utterly dependent on, yet abused by your abductor? As an adult, the child becomes pathologically dependent (dependent personality disorder – DPD), or at the opposite extreme develops reactive attachment disorder (RAD). Watch dependent personality disorder.

A person with DPD goes so far as to assume the personality of a partner: s/he adopts their partners hobbies, interests, sense of humour, and perspectives. The case study of “Beth” illustrates extreme RAD. Although not abducted, Beth was raised by a sexually and physically abusive father until the age of 19 months. Watch Child of Rage: the documentary (part I). Oddly enough re-abduction, that is “snatching the kids back” is not a good move. Read When parents abduct. Rhonda Morgan, founder of Missing Children Society of Canada states “it puts the children at risk both physically and, in every case, psychologically.”  How bad can it be?  Worse than I thought before I read the Yahoo article.


June 2, 2011 - Posted by | Bizarre yet True, Crime and Punishment, Human psychology | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. The story of Beth Thomas is very sad, yet intriguing…I remember the first time I saw the movie “Child of Rage” starring Ashley Peldon.
    The documentary featuring the real Beth as a child was pretty chilling, too. You can look into her eyes and see that something was clearly not right with her.

    On the subject of parental abduction, there are so many cases of this. I have a cousin whose mother withdrew her from school without explanation and avoided contact with our family for a period of about 3 years. To this day, I’m not sure why it happened because my cousin was happy at school and our family treated her well. I believe that her mother is a deeply disturbed person with a distorted sense of reality. She tried to hide my cousin when I confronted them at a shopping mall nearly 20 years ago.

    My cousin has claimed on Facebook that her mother “kidnapped” her, which isn’t true, and it is also an insult to those that have truly been victims of kidnapping/abduction (both parental and otherwise). I have no doubt that her mother is sick and that she cut my cousin off from the family for her own twisted reasons, but my cousin was still allowed to attend school and have friends and have an otherwise normal life.

    I agree with #4 as it pertains to my cousin’s case…her mother’s actions likely caused some psychological and emotional trauma, which explains the personality disorders my cousin has (narcissism, constantly seeking attention, pathological lying, delusions of grandeur, bullying, etc.)

    There was also a case out in Texas where a young woman had been abducted by her mother at the age of 3. The mother planted false ideas in the child’s mind about having been sexually abused by the father, saying that this is why they had to run away so she could “protect” her.
    All a bunch of lies…but eventually the mother was caught and jailed. Sadly, the little girl is now in her late teens and is so brainwashed by the mother that she wants nothing to do with her dad, who is heartbroken. He spent years wondering what happened to his daughter and now that they’ve been reunited, she continues to believe the lies she was told by her mother.

    Comment by MB | December 2, 2015 | Reply

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