Court docs: Mom in Amber Alert case may have been spotted in Kansas
The mother accused of kidnapping her son in North Idaho was believed to be spotted in Kansas and now faces federal charges, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
The mother accused of kidnapping her son in North Idaho may have been spotted as far away as Kansas and now faces federal charges, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
Federal prosecutors are charging Mimi Charmayne Hiibel with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
According to the complaint, a state judge in Idaho awarded sole custody of her 6-year old son to the child’s father on May 27th. Two days later, the judge modified the order to give Hiibel two hours of unsupervised visits with the child each day. The parents were to exchange the boy at the Super One Foods in Rathdrum.
The child’s father dropped him off at 8:00 am on May 30th with Hiibel’s 17-year old son. He did not see Hiibel and didn’t see what vehicle they got into. Hiibel dropped the child off two hours later without incident.
The next day, they met again at the Super One for the same purpose and, again, the child’s father did not see Hiibel or what car they got into. Court documents say the teenage boy told 6-year old’s father they may be late coming back because they were going to mass. When the child’s father returned to the Super One, the children and Hiibel were not there. They have not been seen since.
Police contacted the teenage boy’s biological father on June 2nd and he said he hadn’t heard from his son in several months. He also told police that when the boy was five years old, Hiibel took him during a visitation and fled the state. He said it took more than a year to find Hiibel and his son.
Police talked to a priest at the Immaculate Conception Church/homeschooling program who confirmed both boys had been attending the school until Hiibel withdrew them the previous week. The priest said he advised Hiibel to follow the custody orders and said that, in the past, Hiibel made threats to withdraw the children and leave.
Court documents say a friend of Hiibel’s also said she commented that she was thinking about taking the children and leaving.
The same day, a friend of Hiibel’s called police and said he lent Hiibel his car when hers broke down. He thought she would return the Nissan Versa the same day, but he hasn’t heard from her since.
June 2nd, a license plate reader picked up the car traveling on Interstate 70 near Grand Junction, Colorado. It was spotted the next day at the Kansas-Colorado line and, later that day, it was spotted again near Witchita.