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Mom Charged For Not Saying Kidnapper Was Her Husband

| by Michael Doherty

A woman from Lexington, Tennessee, has been charged after telling police she was kidnapped with her four children by a stranger, when it was later revealed the kidnapper was her husband.

Amanda Manley Crout, 31, faces charges for filing a false police report and accessory after the fact after she did not inform police the man who kidnapped her and her four kids was her husband, 28-year-old Octivas Crout, the Daily Mail reports.

"She provided a false statement by describing an unknown suspect and denying having any knowledge of Mr. Octivas Crout, her husband, who committed the act of violence against her and the victims," said court documents, reports The Jackson Sun.

Octivas, who also goes by the name Octavious Woods, was also charged with three counts of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary.

Amanda had initially told authorities a stranger had kidnapped her and her children, but a witness spotted Octivas threatening the mother and children with a gun. Octivas allegedly hit Amanda's head with the gun as he made the family leave their home and get into a vehicle.

The children range in age from a 1-year-old to an 8-year-old.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert for the children after they were abducted, and a short time after the alert went live, Amanda and the children were found in a car a few miles away from the home.

Octivas is expected in court on June 6, while Amanda will go to court on June 7.

In another case of alleged parental kidnapping, a homeless father is reported to have kidnapped his children during a supervised visit in May, according to NJ.com.

Moso Tene, 30, took his children, aged 4 and 5, during a supervised visit at a family court building in Newark, New Jersey, police said. Police apprehended the father in Boston and recovered the children.

Tene was charged with kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, and interfering with the custody of a child.

The visit was reportedly being supervised by a Department of Children and Families worker, who had left the room when Tene allegedly kidnapped the children.

"The protocol is to have such supervised visits observed by a supervisor designated by DCF and/or Family Court, and designated supervisors may include a parent or guardian not suspected of abuse or neglect, a relative, a family friend, or even DCF staff," said DCF spokesman Ernest Landante.

"When questions or claims arise regarding whether a designated supervisor neglectfully supervised a visit, DCF conducts an investigation." 

Sources: Daily Mail, The Jackson Sun, NJ.com / Photo credit: Jacob Munk-Stander/Flickr

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