McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

December 5, 2012

Mother arrested

Iowa mom arrested and extradited by Pittsburg County Sheriffs Department

By MJ Brickey
Staff Writer

McALESTER — An Iowa mother has been arrested and extradited to Pittsburg County on a charge of violating a child custody order.

Since Saturday, Courtney Kappel, 32, of Iowa Falls, Iowa, has been held at the Pittsburg County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

Violating a child custody court order is punishable by a fine of $5,000 and/or two years imprisonment.

According to Pittsburg County District Court documents, on Oct. 26 Kappel allegedly picked up her 6-year-old daughter for a visit from the home where child lives with her father.

The court documents allege that when the father called to check on the child, Kappel told him she would not be returning the child to him.

On Oct. 30 and 31, a court affidavit says, the father called to report the alleged abduction.

The affidavit says the father said Kappel was to have brought the child back Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. and she did not do so.

The father had also been in contact with police in Iowa Falls police there told him Kappel had been arrested for not telling them where the child is, the affidavit states.

The father confirmed to McAlester police that on Nov. 2 he was going to Iowa to request that Iowa police pick up the child, according to the affidavit.

McAlester police contact officers in Iowa, who said they had picked Kappel up in an attempt to locate the child and Kappel was questioned for about two hours, the affidavit states. However, she refused to divulge the location of the child, according to affidavit.

Kappel requested an attorney and was arrested on complaints of a “misdemeanor obstruction type charge,” the affidavit states. And, it says, shortly thereafter she posted bond and was released.

When Miller traveled to Iowa, he again took custody of the child, McAlester Det. Capt. Gary Wansick said.

Kappel was arrested Saturday in Iowa and was extradited.

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