Genevieve Kelley turned herself in after she fled to Central America with her daughter in 2004. According to The Huffington Post, Kelley ran away with her daughter Mary after accusing her ex-husband of child abuse, and it didn’t work out in her favor. She managed to stay away until her daughter was 18-years-old, but has now returned to New Hampshire to face charges. Kelley wanted to make sure that her daughter was an adult when she returned to The States, so that she wouldn’t be subjected to family court or custody hearings.
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“Kelley turned herself in Monday in Lancaster, New Hampshire, and was arrested, Deputy U.S. Marshal Jamie Berry said. He said her lawyer and Coos County Attorney John McCormick were arguing bail,” reports Huffington Post.
Genevieve Kelley turned herself in at the right time in her eyes. According to Fox News Latino, Mary’s father, Mark Nunes, has shown interest in seeing his daughter, and making sure that she is safe. At age 18, Mary is free to do as she pleases, but she has not seen her father since returning back to The States with her mother.
“Is she alive? Is she safe?” Mark asked Monday. He seems to want to reunite with his daughter, and learn who she has become, since he has not seen her since she was 7-years-old. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Mark released a statement on behalf of himself and his family.
“We would like to thank the U.S. Marshals and all of the investigators that have worked so hard on this case. We are heartbroken that Mary has still not been able to come forward or for Genevieve to tell authorities where she is. We want to say publicly that we as Mary’s family love her, look forward to her coming home and to keep an open mind as we believe that she has been told falsehoods and misstatements on the events of her youth. We would also like to thank the prosecutors in this case and we have high hopes that Genevieve will be prosecuted fully for her crimes. Mary, if you are reading this, we love you.”
Although Genevieve Kelley turned herself in, it’s unknown what kind of punishment she will face. If she plans on pleading guilty, there could be a plea deal involved. Sources say that Mary will testify in court, but that may not change the outcome of the hearing one way or another.
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