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Carla Velasco Charged With Interference With Child Custody

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Houston police officers are searching for 34-year-old Carla Velasco who disappeared with her 3-year-old son in the midst of a divorce hearing. ABC News reports that the woman and her husband were granted joint custody of their son. However, Carla Velasco reportedly failed to appear in court for a custody hearing on October 24, 2009.

It's been almost a year since the mother and son were last seen. Because the woman took the child without the father's permission, she has been charged with interference with child custody. Authorities have also issued a warrant for Carla Velasco's arrest.

Because Carla Velasco is originally from Bolivia, police suspect that the mother could have fled the country and taken her son to the South American country. However, this is in violation of court orders that were put in place. Carla Velasco and her husband reportedly agreed that their son would not be able to leave the country until he was 16 years old and that he would not be able to travel to Bolivia, the native country of the mother, until he was 18 years of age.

Section 25.03 of the Texas Penal Code states that interference with child custody is a felony crime in the state, which is punishable with imprisonment. If the mother is arrested, she will probably need a Houston family law attorney for court representation so that she would be able to keep custody of her son. In the mean time, police are asking anybody who has information on the Carla Velasco to call 713-222-8477 or text a tip to CRIMES (274637).

Related Resources:

  • Interference With Custody or Visitation FAQ (FindLaw)
  • Look for a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Child Custody Basics (FindLaw)

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