Friday, September 26, 2014

‘Custodial interference’ charge dismissed

Former defendant now has legal custody of 3-year-old daughter


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    A former Hailey man who was earlier this year charged with “custodial interference,” a felony in Idaho, now has legal custody of his 3-year-old daughter, the child he was accused of illegally taking from her mother.
    “I have custody of my child as we speak in the state of Washington,” Jason Robert Spencer, 39, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
    The felony charge against Spencer has now been dismissed by the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and a child custody dispute between Spencer and the girl’s mother has been resolved, at least temporarily, in a civil case,
    Spencer was charged with the crime of custodial interference in February after Hailey police alleged that he had illegally taken the child out of state. Civil litigation was also started at about that time to determine both parents’ rights and obligations regarding the child.
    A civil disposition in the dispute, providing that father and mother share custody of the child, was issued in July after the parties submitted a written agreement to the court.
    Spencer said he took custody of the child, with Hailey police aware of the situation, about three weeks ago and took her from Hailey to Richland, Wash., where he now lives.
    “According to our court order, she [the mother] must be able to support our child,” Spencer said. “She can’t meet any of the guidelines that are in our court order.”




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