New Zealand grandmother sentenced for child abduction
March 25, 2013 0 comments
The toddler is in the charge of New Zealand children’s welfare agency Child, Youth and Family and her grandfather is her guardian. Yvonne Skeet is the grandfather’s former wife but she has been ordered to have no contact with the child.
Sitting at Dunedin District Court, Judge O’Driscoll told Skeet that he accepted a psychiatric report that the abduction had been born of a desperation to see her grandchild. Nevertheless, the abduction had clearly been premeditated, he said, and Skeet had acted in “flagrant disregard” of the legal order that she not have contact.
The judge noted that the child’s grandfather had been left his feelings of guilt and anxiety, and had told his new partner that the situation was “every parent or guardian’s worst nightmare”.
They were, said Judge O’Driscoll, “understandably devastated to find out what had occurred”.
Skeet was told that she must undergo a year’s assessment by the Community Alcohol and Drug Service, as well as assessment by a probation officer. If she sought further contact with her granddaughter, she ran the risk of imprisonment the judge said.
Skeet’s defence counsel told the judge that she hoped to be allowed to see her granddaughter again eventually.
“She misses her dearly.”
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