Back in 1994, Dorothy Barnett lost custody of her still-nursing 9 1/2-month-old daughter to her ex-husband, Benjamin Harris Todd.
According to news reports, when Barnett became pregnant, Todd originally wanted her to terminate it. Then, as they split up, Todd painted her as mentally deficient, and convinced the court in Charleston, South Carolina, to award him custody.
Fearing for her daughter’s safety, Barnett took her and disappeared for almost 20 years. In November, she was located in Australia and arrested for parental kidnapping.
The child, now called Samantha Geldenhuys, 20, never knew of her history. For the first time, she tells her story on Australian TV.
Woman kidnapped as baby by own mom now tells her side of the story, on Shine.Yahoo.com.
Here’s more reporting on the story including some details of how Barnett escaped.
20 years of chasing Savanna: Investigators, relocator recount case, on ABCNews4.com.
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