Mother in custody for absconding with children |

Mother in custody for absconding with children

by Sheila Gardner

A 44-year-old woman, accused of leaving Nevada with her children in violation of a court order, is to appear Wednesday to answer charges.

Kathryn Marie Moore, of Topaz Ranch Estates, was extradited to Douglas County from Washington state and jailed on $25,000 bail.

She is charged with child concealment or removal after she failed to bring her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son for a court-ordered visitation with their father in November.

Moore and the children were found safe in January at a relative’s home in Colville, Wash., after a nationwide warrant was issued for child concealment.

The children have been returned to their father.

On Friday, Moore appeared in custody and asked to be released on her own recognizance.

Prosecutor Maria Pence asked that the bail remain “based on the nature of the charges and concern for the safety of others in the community.”

“I have no prior history. I am not a dangerous person, I am not a danger to my children,” Moore said.

Perkins told Moore bail was to guarantee her presence in court.

“We’ll examine bail every time you come to court,” Perkins said.

“If you post bail, you will be under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing with electronic monitoring. You will not be able to leave the state without prior permission,” he said.

Perkins appointed Kris Brown to represent Moore and set her next appearance for Wednesday. He scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb. 7.

According to court documents, Moore was ordered by District Judge Tod Young to bring her children to their father on Nov. 21 for a week’s stay, a change in their previous custody status.

Moore and her lawyer, Dana Griggs, failed to appear Dec. 6 for a hearing on her request to relocate with the children.

Young denied the motion and awarded primary custody of the children to their father.

Moore was arrested in Washington after a joint investigation between the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal’s offices in Reno, Oklahoma and Washington.

Court records indicate Moore’s extradition from Washington cost $2,193.58.

She reportedly was granted permission to take the children to Texas last summer, but made a “surreptitious” trip to California before returning to Nevada, according to reports.