Tyler Schladweiler missing seventeen years

Today is the seventeenth anniversary of the disappearance of Tyler Joseph Schladweiler. He was abducted by his non-custodial mother, Melissa Schladweiler, from Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Tyler Schladweiler

Tyler Schladweiler age-progression

Melissa Schladweiler

Above are pictures of Tyler and his mother in 2002 and an age-progressed image of Tyler to eighteen years. Help bring him home to his father – if you have any information as to his whereabouts please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Lake Havasu City Police Department at 928-855-1171.

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    Jody said,

    January 4, 2020 @ 8:17 am

    Parental child abduction can cause a lifetime of pain and anguish for the ‘left behind’ parent. Yet, as in most parental disputes, it is often the abducted child who is the ultimate victim. Due to the detrimental effects on children, parental abduction is considered a form of child abuse by many experts.

    Most children who are abducted by a parent suffer emotionally or physically to some extent. Aside from being suddenly uprooted from everything that is familiar to them, many abducted children are made to believe that the other parent has abandoned them or doesn’t care about them anymore. Most children feel an acute sense of abandonment because they can’t understand why the left behind parent can’t simply find them and take them home.

    In her article Parental Kidnapping: a New Form of Child Abuse, Dr Dorothy Huntington asserts that parental child abduction is a form of child abuse and lists some of the detrimental effects on the child as: depression; loss of community; loss of stability, security, and trust; excessive fearfulness, even of ordinary occurrences; loneliness; anger; helplessness; disruption in identity formation; and fear of abandonment.

    In addition to the emotional effects on the child, many of which impact on the child’s adult life and future relationships, there are also a number of practical deleterious effects on the child, for example the lack of access to education, medical care and child protection agencies.

    Many abducting parents, caught up in their own emotional turmoil, are unaware or unwilling to acknowledge the traumatic impact of their actions on their children.

    Parents should be aware that (child abduction) can occur at any time and to anybody. However, parents who are going through a bitter breakup or are in the midst of a custody battle should be especially vigilant.

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    Celeste said,

    January 9, 2020 @ 7:43 pm

    You’re absolutely right Jody. What Melissa did to Tyler and his father wasn’t just about his mother trying to “protect” Tyler from whatever she thought she was trying to “protect” him from?

    Tyler has the absolute right to know both of his parents even if Melissa wasn’t getting along with Tyler’s father.
    This mother, if you can call her that, did something so mean and so vindictive. Tyler wasn’t even old enough to know what his mother was doing to him and his father.

    If parents who abduct their children would just think about the consequences before they do it?

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