Mom Gets Away With Kidnapping Daughter After 12 Years on FBI's Most Wanted

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Yvette TorresIt's not the ending you'd expect for a woman who spent 12 years on the FBI's Most Wanted List, but Yvette Torres is a free woman! She won't be going to prison for kidnapping her daughter Sabrena and keeping her in Europe for more than a decade. 

Parents who've considered following the Torres path, turn away, turn away now! The federal government is being extremely kind to Torres, who took off with her 2-year-old daughter in 2000 and didn't bring the girl home to dad Davis Beck here in the United States until late last year!

Torres turned herself in at the same time back in September at JFK Airport, and the girl was returned to dad in Long Island. At the time, the mom was facing three years in prison for international parental kidnapping. But suddenly a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office has announced the charges against the "most wanted" mom were dropped. He told media letting Torres off is in the "best interests" of her daughter.

It's likely true. This poor kid has spent 12 years on the run, and she likely doesn't know which way is up. Throwing her mom, the only parent she had for 12 whole years, in the pokey isn't going to make her life better.

Then again, what about Davis Beck and the dozen years he spent wondering if he'd ever get to see his little girl again? What about every other parent who has to sit and suffer days, months, or even years, not knowing what is going on with their child?

Letting Yvette Torres off is kind, but it's also dangerous. It sets a precedent for other parents seeking to have the kidnapper of their child brought up on charges. It sends a message to parents considering this type of action that maybe, possibly, they could get away with it after all.

What do you think the feds should do with this mom?


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nonmember avatar sarah

how is it kidnapping if the child is legally yours? no one is going to tell me that i cant take the child i carried for 9 months, gave birth to, breadfed, and stayed up with all night where i can and cant go.


First off 3yrs. Was being very nice,but no time? I really don't get this despite the "best interest of the child". So what now,all parents who kidnap a child from the custodial parent can get some kind of amnesty if they turn themselves in? Also I would like to know what were the circumstances of the father be awarded custody and not the mother.

Valerie Metzger

I think...we dont know ANY of the intimate details of this case, and the attorney general probably had a good reason for not charging her. It doesn't set a precedent, it shows that every situation is different, and it would be wrong not to consider that, especially in a case involving kids.

Flori... Floridamom96

Of course it sets a precedent. You might not think the precedent it sets is bad, but it still sets a precedent.

nonmember avatar Samantha

I want to know why she ran with the kid. Maybe the wrong person got awarded custody, and there was no proof the other person was unfit? Was he a drug abuser or seller? Was he a secret pedo? Was he a sneaky abusive? Or was the mom on drugs or into other bad things, but wanted her kid anyways? There are so many different details that are needed before i would pass judgement. Sometimes.. You have to do what you have to do, whether its legal or not. ESPECIALLY when it comes to the overall wellbeing of our little loves.

dirti... dirtiekittie

if the father and his attorney along with the federal government were ok with this plan, then i am too. i don't think it sets a precedent either - in fact, the whole issue with the law and the "intent of return" clause that can let people loose does more damage than this one case. without knowing the details, i think the important thing here is that the girl was returned to her father and is no longer on the run with her mother. 

zandh... zandhmom2

Well from reading the back story on this, it seems the mother and father had shared custody of their child and the reason the mom came back with her is because she suffers from bipolar and according to a source "was a real mess".  She probably couldn't handle taking care of her daughter anymore and I give a lot of credit to the dad for not wanted revenge but instead probably just wants his ex to get the help that she needs.  Sometimes going to jail is not always the right answer.

worki... workingmama86

I don't know the whole story or why Yvette took off with her daughter... but from the sounds of it, she lost custody to her daughter's father, and couldn't stand to see her daughter taken from her, so she ran with her. It's not a choice I would make, but if that's the case,  I can understand. As a mother, I couldn't imagine being ordered to hand my children off to someone else to raise, even if it was their own father. i know I would personally fight to no end until a judge granted me custody... But like I said, I have no idea what the story is behind this lady or even her ex... 

Buffy... Buffymom9

I just cannot see how natural parents can end up wanted by the FBI for kidnapping their own kids.  I understand the legality of it but it is not logical or even rational.

Karla Shanholt Funnell

Back in 1981 my brother had custody of his daughters and when their mother picked them up for visitation, she took off with them they were found 30 days later in New Mexico (we are in Indiana)...she got a 4 year prison term

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