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Mother Guilty of Abducting Son Last Year

October 23, 2003

A mother who arranged for her son's kidnapping last year was convicted of child abduction Wednesday in Riverside County Superior Court.

Debra Rose, 39, was convicted of felony burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, child stealing and child concealing for her role in the abduction of Nicholas Michael Farber, now 10, from the Palm Desert home he shared with his father.

The abduction triggered an Amber Alert on the heels of the fatal abductions of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam in San Diego County and 5-year-old Samantha Runnion in Orange County.

Nicholas Farber was found two days after his disappearance in a San Diego County campground. Three others who assisted with the abduction also were convicted. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.

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