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Custody dispute leads to federal kidnapping charges

A federal kidnapping charge has been filed against a French national for leaving the United States with his 3-year-old child without getting permission from the child's mother. The charge was filed by the United States Attorney's Office. The national defied an order by a judge not to leave the country with the child.

The French national, who is 33, was living in East Boston. It is believed that he is now in Algiers, Algeria, with the child. The pair has not been heard from or seen since July 1.

The charge filed by the United States Attorney's Office was done so on Monday, Aug. 13. It is a single count for international parental kidnapping, according to the criminal complaint. The French national is now an international fugitive.

Algeria is located in Africa on the Mediterranean Sea, and the United States does not have an extradition agreement with the country. This could cause an issue with arresting the fugitive and bringing him back to the United States.

In February, the mother of the child was granted sole legal custody of the child by the family court in Essex County. The French national was granted visitation rights but the court only gave specific times on stated days.

The judge from the family court also made it known that neither parent was allowed to travel with the child outside the state of Massachusetts unless they had written permission from the other parent.

Kidnapping is a serious issue that affects thousands of people every year in California, especially families dealing with custody issues. Make sure your child custody arrangement is active and can be enforced should any problems arise.

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