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December 23, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's Christmas time and that means child-stealing season is with us once again. Take the case of Eugia Edwards Morse who, according to authorities, boldly snatched her three children from the sidewalk in front of their school in this suburb east of San Diego. The aspiring actress hired a singing-telegram service to create a distraction one morning while she hustled her children, ages 10, 8 and 5, into a car and sped off into hiding.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1988
A man allegedly hired by a New Jersey couple to abduct their 13-month-old son from his adoptive parents in Pacific Palisades has pleaded no contest to a kidnaping charge. Jonathan Cosby, 28, entered his surprise plea in the middle of his Superior Court trial Tuesday. He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 1, when a child-stealing charge will be dismissed as part of a plea bargain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1991
A transient who was given shelter by a man was charged in Los Angeles on Monday with felony child stealing for allegedly taking her benefactor's 1-year-old son and leaving him in the care of another man. Michelle Olivier, 38, was arrested Friday when she visited a Department of Social Services office and was held in lieu of $10,000 bail. Olivier could be sentenced to a maximum prison term of four years if convicted of the single count of child stealing.
NEWS
June 9, 1988
An Apple Valley man, Patrick Michael McCleery, 40, was sentenced to four years in state prison for felony child stealing, according to San Bernardino County court officials. The charge grew out of a bizarre case involving a 17-year-old Northern California boy whom McCleery admitted abducting four years ago. Acting on a tip last month, sheriff's detectives found the boy in McCleery's trailer home in the remote desert area 75 miles north of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
April 1, 1994 | Times Wire Services
The State Department on Thursday warned Americans against traveling to Guatemala, where U.S. citizens have been attacked in recent days by mobs angry at rumors of child-stealing. In the latest incident, June Weinstock, 52, a magazine editor from Alaska, was in a coma after being attacked by hundreds of Guatemalan peasants in the northern town of San Cristobal Verapaz on Tuesday when she tried to take photographs of some children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1999
A 3-year-old girl taken from her home Monday was returned at 3 a.m. Wednesday, and police booked her noncustodial mother on suspicion of child stealing. Stephanie Angel Allen, who lives with her father, Kevin Allen, was dropped off without notice at 3 a.m. by her mother, Rena Lynn Halpain, 27, police said. Halpain fled when Allen tried to call police, authorities said.
NEWS
August 20, 1990 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It had been 44 years since Alma Sipple had seen the woman, and then only briefly, yet she could not forget her--the no-nonsense brown hair, the rimless glasses, the air of authority. Everything about her said "authority"--and that's why Sipple had handed over her infant daughter. This nice woman was going to take the child to a hospital for a checkup. Alma Sipple never saw her baby again.
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