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For Immediate Release

February 14, 2014 Edward Holst, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal (570) 499-1201;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Safely Recovers Missing Child
Abducted by Non-Custodial Parent in New Jersey

Mother arrested in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Scranton, PA – On Thursday evening, February 13, the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) recovered a young boy who had been missing in New Jersey since February 1, 2014. The 3-year old child had not been returned to the custody of his father after a one-day court authorized visit granted on January 31.

Authorities in New Jersey investigated this alleged parental abduction, and determined that the non-custodial mother Mary M. Carter had not returned the 3-year old in over twelve days. On February 13, an arrest warrant was issued by Judge Darlene J. Pereksta in Mercer County, New Jersey.

On February 12, the Hamilton Township (NJ) Police Department declared the 3-year old boy a missing person.

On February 13, this case was referred to the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (NY/NJ RFTF). A lead was forwarded to the USMS Middle District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force.

On February 13, an investigation began in greater Wilkes-Barre. At approximately 8:15pm, U.S. Marshals, district task force personnel, and Wilkes-Barre Police officers positively identified Mary Carter and the 3-year old boy as they left a shelter on South Street in Wilkes-Barre. The fugitive was taken into custody without incident. The missing child was recovered unharmed. He was turned over to local and county authorities for care and housing, pending coordination with their New Jersey counterparts and the custodial father.

Mary Carter, 25-years old, was charged as a fugitive from justice. She was lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility pending her extradition to New Jersey.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “The U.S. Marshals Service committed all its efforts to finding this innocent young child and arresting the wanted subject. His safe recovery and the woman’s capture were paramount.”

U.S. Marshals were also assisted by the Scranton Police Department, a participating member of the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

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