Parents face child abduction and kidnapping charges in Victorville

News headline from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office:

A Pennsylvania man and woman appeared in Victorville Superior Court to face charges of alleged child abduction and kidnapping.

Former Apple Valley residents James John Culbert, 39, and Sara Culbert, 32, have been charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of child abduction.

On March 30, investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, Child Abduction Unit, traveled to Leesport, Pennsylvania, to extradite James Culbert. Sara Culbert was extradited in October last year.

The couple had been arrested by the Pottsville Police Department on a kidnapping warrant obtained by the San Bernardino County District Atttorney’s Office for abducting their two biological children.

The children, who became dependents of the court in April 2009, were also recovered and returned to California.

If convicted, James Culbert and Sara Culbert each faces up to 25 years in prison.

A pre-preliminary hearing is scheduled for both defendants on May 8th in Department 7 of the Victorville Superior Court.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

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