Father Accused of Kidnapping Daughter Arraigned In Court

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The father of a Kentucky toddler who went missing before being found last month in Mexico has pleaded not guilty to federal charges stemming from the case.

The U.S. attorney's office says 30-year-old Miles Thomas Woodside of Frankfort pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of international parental kidnapping and transporting a stolen vehicle across state lines.

Amber Alerts were sounded in three states when 2-year-old Breanna Woodside was not returned to her mother after a visit. The girl was found unharmed days later with her father in Monterrey, Mexico.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Monday to determine whether Woodside will be detained before his trial scheduled for June 9. If convicted, Woodside faces up to 10 years in prison.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Carlos Location: Raleigh on Apr 11, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    I can't believe what I'm reading "I feel sorry for the man he just loves his daughter", "if full custody hasn't been given the mother I don't see how you can charge kidnapping". I'm seriously trying hard not to vomit. Parental abduction is child abuse and is only done by mentally ill individuals. Most abductors are females but whether it's a mother or a father it's ALWAYS a serious crime and always child abuse.
  • by Mother Location: Lexington on Apr 9, 2009 at 11:19 AM
    The fact that this father disappeared with the child when he was supposed to return the child to the mother, is proof that he does not need to have custody of the child. He did not run with this child in the child's best interest but for his own selfish reasons. If he believes he would be a better parent there are proper channels to follow to accomplish that. I agree that the court systems seem to favor mother's in child custody cases but there are so many father's out there who give the court the reason to make this decision. I am not saying that there are not bad mother's out there but in most cases, from what I have seen in my lifetime, children are usually better off with their mother. I do have to add though that as long as both parents are parenting properly, BOTH parents should be involved in a child's life. Parent's should not punish children for mistakes the parents have made.
  • by MG on Apr 9, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    I agree. Its sad that our courts always favor the mother. This post didn't mention him not having custody. If full custody hasn't been given to the mother I don't see how you can charge kidnapping on a parent. o well
  • by David on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    I feel sorry for the man.He just loves his daughter.Maybe she should be with him.Dont judge a book by its cover.

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