That's how the headlines read. What a gloss-over of the truth! Maximilian Mazzone was ABDUCTED! Unfortunately for Maximilian and his dad Stephen Mazzone, since the abductor is his mother instead of a stranger, there is little help available.
Kathrin Mazzone, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office confirmed,
has been charged with interfering with a custody agreement and concealing the
whereabouts of a child. They're charges the DA's office has agreed to drop if
she and the baby return to the states by April 4.
I have been following this case since Maximilian first came across my desktop as NCEMC Endangered Missing
DOB: Jan 24, 2007
Missing: Jan 13, 2008
Age Now: 1
Height: 2'0" (61 cm)
Weight: 25 lbs
Missing From:NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA.
Maximilian may be in the company of his non-custodial mother. They may have traveled to Germany. Maximilian's nickname is Max.
There is a lot of 'He said - She said' feedback on the topix forum. Positive and negative comments are posted for both Kathrin(mom) and Stephen(dad). I don't know either party, so I am not writing this as a favor to a friend.
I am writing this to shed more light on a serious issue. Parental Abductions rank second in the categories of our missing children. Yet most awareness campaigns are still targeting (and spending a lot of money) on 'stranger-danger' hype.
Media usually covers the more stereotypical 'stranger abduction' ... it makes a better headline, I guess.
The largest group of missing children are runaways (598)
Second largest group is Family Abductions (94)
Non-Family Abductions pale in comparison!(3)
These are the open cases on NCMEC based on a one year April 07 to April 08 search. The other 117 missing children are divided between endangered missing, lost injured missing, missing, unknown, and unidentified case types.These last 117 are a bit misleading with the case type though, as several of these cases still involve 'friend'/family abductions.
I post info on missing children nearly every day. The reality is, a majority of our missing children are missing and abducted by either someone they know, a family member, or a parent...NOT a stranger.
Yet with these statistics, it is still sometimes difficult to get police reports filed, aide from the media, or attention from the general public. Common belief is that if a parent abducts a child, this child is probably safe. (since with a parent)
Some Effects of Family/Parental Abduction
This is NOT Love
Death of Three Siblings Abducted by Father
ABC Macon News
Police Think Father who Abducted 3 year old son is Mentally Unstable
KGW Local News
There is supposed to be another hearing in Germany soon...Good luck Max and Dad. Mom, I hope you have to foot the bill for all court and travel expenses!
Better yet, maybe Mom and Dad will realize that just because they stopped loving each other, that Maximilian still has a right to know and love BOTH parents.
No Parent should have the right to make a child disappear!
(Unless parental rights are stripped by the court)