Manuela Antonelli arrested

I have just heard that Manuela Antonelli, non-custodial mother of Liam McCarty, has been arrested in Italy. Liam was apparently not with her at the time.

I hope this is the beginning of the end of both the abduction and the turbulence in Liam’s life. He’s been through enough already. this!

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    Jamie said,

    June 25, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    I’ve been following this story for a while, it’s pretty scary how the legal system in both US and Italy so heavily has been favoring the mother in this case. She has been documented as psycologically disturbed with a severe personality disorder and yet has been able to work the system in both countries. Hopefully the father will regain custody and the courts will be able to separate the mother from the child once and for all.

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    Bill Gardner said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 11:54 pm

    I’ve been following this case as well, was reminded of it when I saw an update this morning on the news. Working the system is an understatement, Manuela Antonelli is on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list for parental kidnappings and on Interpol for parental kidnapping. On top of that, she and her parents are facing serious criminal charges in Italy for unlawfully kidnapping Liam.
    Here are the links:

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    forthelost said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    To slightly nitpick, Antonelli isn’t on any FBI Top Ten list – that’s simply a page that lists parental kidnapping cases the FBI believes would benefit from exposure.

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    Bill Gardner said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

    These are the FBI’s most wanted parental kidnapping suspects in the United States:
    She is on the first page at #7 for a reason, criminal charges pending against her in two countries.

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    forthelost said,

    December 14, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    It’s a list of wanted kidnappers, not a most wanted list. It’s not ranked.

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    Ann said,

    January 5, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Favoring the mother? The father was awarded sole custody as in all of the cases of sexual abuse by fathers.

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    forthelost said,

    January 5, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    All the cases? Really? Do you not realize how absurd that sounds?

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    courtney said,

    January 21, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    The criminal kidnapping case against Ms. Antonelli in Italy begins this month.

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    jacqueline said,

    February 29, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    I am watching this story on tv right now. The visit with his father was cancelled b/c she was having a fucking caniption and it was upsetting him. Sure seeing his mom upset is upsetting but she brought it on herself, If she were not there this would not have happened. The visit should have continued regardless of her “demeanor or attitude” Especially given the fact that the child wasn’t supposed to be near her. The italian government should be ashamed of themselves. That should be attributed to both stories.

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    GannonSimms said,

    March 2, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

    Not to justify anything, because I don’t know the whole story except for what is printed in Italian media(I can link a very popular Italian blog about this case if you’d like), but Italian courts strongly favor the Italian/European parent over the parent who is from Asia,Africa,North America,or Latin America. If the child is born in Italy all the better and if the Italian/European parent is the mother then forget about ever gaining favor in the courts. I know from personal experience, because when my father forcibly took my sister and self back to Milan,Italy from the United States against my mother’s wishes and without her knowledge,Italian Courts disregarded facts and evidence crucifying her instead of condemning my father for his rash actions. My mother was our primary care giver and my father was minimally involved,because he was too busy pursuing a pipe dream athletic career. He merely provided the funds. If there was to be a divorce he demanded it be heard in Italy where he knew he had advantage. When my mother’s attorney tried to assert we were United States Citizens and had just as much right to reside there as in Italy, my father had our US Passports frozen,so that we could only travel using the Spanish Passports he had obtained for us to bring us back to Italy(he’s Andorran) and only with his permission to trap us in Italy away from our mother’s reach. Italian Courts allowed and aided in his actions. He never tried and neither did Italian Courts encourage to reach an amicable agreement even when my mother offered that if he would return us to her in the United States she would bring us back to Italy 4 times per year to visit him. Like in this case the Italian Courts threatened to put us in state care if my mother continued to insist my father was unfit, which is why unlike Liam’s father she did not go to law enforcement or draw attention,so as not to upset the Italian authorities who currently held the fate of her children in their hands. For 3 years, from age 9 when my father dragged us back to Milan till age 12 when she passed away,I did not see my mother,because she could not enter Italy without fear of arrest on false charges. As of today my sister and self,now adults, remain in psychological therapy to deal with the stress caused by being removed from a safe and stable environment and handed over to someone one would not trust to walk one’s dog across the street unsupervised let alone raise children,for no legitimate reason except Xenophobia. As of 2015,the child Gabriele(he goes by his Italian middle name in Italy and is not known at all by his American name(ie Gabriele “Gabri” Antonelli) resides with his mother in Rome by order of Italian Courts and is now 13. By all Italian accounts he repeatedly says he wants nothing to do with his American father,which may be true,but then again even if he says he wants to visit America Italian Courts sure as Hell would NOT acknowledge this request. They didn’t when I repeatedly told Italian Courts I wanted to return to my mother in America,yet Italian media repeatedly published words from my younger sister who preferred to remain Italy. I wish Liam’s father well in his quest and pray for a resolution that is acceptable to all parties involved, but the odds are definitely stacked unfavorably against him.

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    forthelost said,

    March 2, 2015 @ 11:07 pm

    ” all Italian accounts he repeatedly says he wants nothing to do with his American father”

    I know for a fact it’s not true.

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    GannonSimms said,

    March 2, 2015 @ 11:27 pm

    Italian language media only reports that the boy adores his mother,barely knows his father who was allegedly absent for the first 4-5 years of his life during which he resided in Rome after birth with his mother,and was dragged against his will in a passionate tantrum to meet with his father in Italy during 2009-2012. The father has not visited since the boy was 10,because the maternal uncle was exhausted with the many tantrums when the father is spoken of or seen. The maternal uncle also reputes the filmed visitations shows a happy child and insists he must drag the boy to the meetings and is always present though the film does not show this. The maternal uncle even said the filmed reunification visit shown on the American tv program “Dateline” was not a week long visit but only a 1 day visit for a few hours and much exaggerated.The evidence and story in the United States is drastically different than as in Italy. The Italian Courts returned him to his mother by his own request. Whether this is due to manipulation I am uncertain,but the message in Italy is the mother was all the child ever knew and wanted.

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    forthelost said,

    March 2, 2015 @ 11:34 pm

    I know the dad. I know that “The father has not visited since the boy was 10” isn’t true. I won’t say more because it is their own business.

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    GannonSimms said,

    March 2, 2015 @ 11:52 pm

    Fair enough. I wish the father luck. It is great he has support,because unfortunately that is a rare occurrence.

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    Milano said,

    May 28, 2015 @ 5:18 pm

    No , il bambino non è residente negli Stati Uniti , perché i tribunali italiani non avrebbe mai concedere la custodia del bambino al padre dopo questo dramma . Il giudice ha sentito da tutto il senso nelle sue stanze il bambino di rigetto di una visita con il padre con urla torturati . Il bambino desidera fortemente essere con la madre . Il bambino è nato in Italia e ha vissuto per soli 2 anni negli Stati Uniti . Il padre ha abbandonato la moglie incinta e non ha pagato alcun mantenimento dei figli . Il bambino vive felicemente e sicuro a Roma con la madre . Il padre ha molto generosi diritti di visita di custodia .
    Saluti, padre italiano di bambini con doppia cittadinanza , Italia e Stati Uniti .No,the child is not residing in the United States, because Italian courts would NEVER grant the child custody to the father after this drama. The judge has heard from all the way in his chambers the child rejecting a visit with the father with tortured screams. The child strongly desires to be with the mother. The child is born in Italy and has lived for only 2 years in the United States. The father abandoned his pregnant wife and did not pay any Child Maintenance. The child is living happily and safely in Rome with his mother. The father has very generous visitation rights though.

    Regards, An Italian father of children with dual nationality, Italy and United States.

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