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Monday, March 27, 2006

Sounds like a Lifetime movie of the week

This story out of North Carolina certainly does. A woman who took her two small children after a custody battle spent two years living under various aliases. Including her ex-husbands. Yes she was posing as a man. When police arrested Ms. White, one of her children said "Why are you arresting our Daddy". Life is truly stranger than fiction.

At the time of her arrest Ms. White was living with another woman. They were the children's father and mother. I guess they were gay or did the other woman need a lesson in anatomy? LOL. Don't give up your day job TFM, right?

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ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. -- A woman accused of abducting her two young children from their father, then dressing like a man so she could assume his identity, agreed Monday to return to Arizona where she faces kidnapping charges, authorities said.

Shellie White, 30, was taken into custody Friday in Roanoke Rapids, where police said she and a woman lived together as the children's father and mother.

``I haven't lived the life of someone on the run,'' White said in a jail interview with The Associated Press. ``I never knew I was on the run.''

White was arrested more than two years after she was charged with custodial interference in the children's disappearance, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Her ex-husband, Ernest Karnes, had custody of the children at the time and learned Friday that they had been found.

``The first thing that come out of his mouth was, 'Did they get my kids, too? Are my kids OK?''' Gila County, Ariz., Sheriff's Detective Johnny Holmes said Monday.

The U.S. Marshals Service said White ``radically changed her appearance to that of a man and assumed many aliases,'' including her ex-husband's.

``She even went so far as to tell her children, aged 3 and 5 at the time, that she was their father,'' the Marshals Service said. ``When she was arrested, the children, now aged 6 and 8, asked why they were arresting their Daddy.''

White told the AP that one of her children, scared by authorities breaking into their home on Friday, did say she was their father. White also said she told her son to tell children who made fun of her appearance that she was his dad.

But Deputy U.S. Marshall Dennis Harkins said White had posed as her husband and other men since leaving Arizona. ``She was playing it off for all the world to see that she was a man,'' Harkins said.

Under the terms of the divorce, Ernest Karnes had custody of the children, a boy and a girl, but his wife had visitation rights, Holmes said. He said Karnes' wife could take the children to Tucson when she lived there, but neither parent could leave the state with them without the other's permission.

White, who signed a waiver of extradition on the fugitive warrant Monday, denied kidnapping her children.

``I didn't steal my children and I didn't take my children,'' she said. ``When I left Arizona, I had custody.''

Holmes said that after charging White with custodial interference in January 2004, authorities were able to trace the children to various schools, but always came up empty.

``It kept going in a circle,'' he said. ``So she was aware of it. It was just a matter of time, because she wouldn't keep them in a school no more than maybe six months.''

Holmes said he was contacted about a month or two ago by a police officer in North Carolina who had received a letter from Ernest Karnes, who said he believed his ex-wife was in the area. Karnes contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children earlier this month.

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