U.S. claims father illegally moved kids to Gaza

2:35 AM, May 2, 2012   |    comments
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WICHITA, Kan. -- Authorities in the U.S. have filed criminal charges against a divorced Palestinian father who took his three children from Kansas to live in his native Gaza in an alleged violation of his custody decree.

Bethany Gonzales wants her children back in America.

The divorced Muslim parents lived in suburban Kansas City until their father, Ahmed Abuhamda, took the children in February to Gaza. He was charged last week in a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas with intent to avoid prosecution on three state felony counts charging him with aggravated interference with parental custody.

The mother says she signed off on passports so the children could attend a wedding.

The father claims she knew he was moving them to Gaza.

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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