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Mother, Grandmother of Recovered Missing Children Arrested

04-Aug-2017

On July 3, David Corsaut texted his ex-wife to make arrangements to pick up their three daughters for court-ordered visitation. He thought she was acting strangely in the texts, and when he went to pick up the girls for his visit, neither Destiny nor the girls were there.

The following day, he went to the Chickasha apartment where Destiny lived with the girls. Instead of finding his children and their mother there, he came upon a disturbing scene. The door to the apartment was standing open. The place was a mess, with a table overturned. Destiny's wallet, keys, cell phone, and car were all there, but the mother and three girls were gone. So were the girls' car seats.

His discovery prompted a frantic search for the woman and her young daughters, ages 5, 4, and 2. The scene led to great concern for their safety, but David suspected that Destiny had taken their children.

Three weeks later, police received a tip saying that Destiny Corsaut and the three girls were staying at an apartment in Oklahoma City. The girls' hair had been cut, their blonde locks dyed black. Even the frames of their glasses had been painted to try to change the girls' appearance. It became apparent that Destiny had, in fact, taken the kids and tried to hide them.

This week, police arrested Destiny Corsaut on a complaint of child stealing, and they arrested her mother, Biancia Richardson, on a complaint of conspiracy to commit a felony. The two were booked into the Grady County Jail.

The greatest number of child abductions, by far, are those committed by noncustodial parents or those who take their children in an attempt to deprive the other parent of visitation rights. 

Oklahoma law prohibits and penalizes the unlawful taking of a child under 21 O.S. § 891 - Maliciously, Forcibly, or Fraudulently Taking or Enticing Away Children

Whoever maliciously, forcibly or fraudulently takes or entices away any child under the age of sixteen (16) years, with intent to detain or conceal such child from its parent, guardian or other person having the lawful charge of such child or to transport such child from the jurisdiction of this state or the United States without the consent of the person having lawful charge of such child shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections not exceeding ten (10) years.

Conspiracy to commit a felony is likewise a felony. It is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.



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