Sometimes family law matters overlap with criminal law matters. A Huntington Beach woman, Angela Marie Aiton, 34, pleaded not guilty to kidnapping her own daughter in an Orange County court last week.
Angela Marie Aiton was charged with a felony count of child stealing.
Aiton reportedly left a Newport Beach Cheesecake Factory last Friday taking daughter Symphony.The young girl was on a court-ordered visitation with her foster father. Aiton told the foster father she was taking the girl to the restroom and he stated that she never returned. The abduction triggered a Orange County-wide Amber Alert.
Aiton is being held on $500,000 bail, according to court records. She is also being held on a “second strike” allegation related to a conviction for a residential burglary in 2005, according to the Orange County D.A.’s office.
Symphony was ordered taken away from Aiton this past March. Aiton is scheduled to face a judge in about nine days for a preliminary hearing.
If you are facing child custody and visitation issues, abducting a child is not the answer. Indeed, like Aiton, you can face serious criminal charges on top of family law issues. Contact an Orange County family law and criminal law attorney for assistance.
Source: cbs2.com: O.C. Woman, 34, Pleads Not Guilty to Kidnapping Daughter