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Mother Arrested For Abducting Child during Visit

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Taneil Curtis was visiting with one of her children on November 7th.  The visit was supervised by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at a McDonald’s in South Holland.  During the visit, Curtis asked the case officer for permission to get a glass of water with her son.  That was when she made a daring escape while kidnapping her 21-month-old son. She darted out of the restaurant and into a waiting U-Haul rental truck.  After the police were alerted and the investigation began, they found the U-Haul truck abandoned near South Holland.  They determined that Kirk Alexander, the boyfriend of Curtis, rented the vehicle. After more than a month of trying to find Curtis, the authorities located her in Memphis, Tennessee.  Fortunately, her 21 month-old was also safely found.  This is not the first issue that Curtis had with custody of her children.  DCFS had taken her custody rights to her three older children due to substantial risk of physical harm. "This is a woman who's having all of her parental rights taken away on all of her other children, for God knows what reasons. She has active warrants out for her arrest. She tries to run over a case worker. The possibilities were limitless on how horrible this thing could have turned out," Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said of 32-year-old Taneil Curtis. When you plan to divorce, it is important to identify the reasons why a spouse may be unfit for custody.  If your spouse has partial custody of your children, it is important to keep them from relocating with your children.  Contact an experienced family law attorney in DuPage County who can be your advocate in custody issues.

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