Victorville

Three Children Reunited With Father Following Parental Abduction

The family was reunited after the children were taken by their mother late last year

Three children have been reunited with their father after they were abducted by their non-custodial, biological mother late last year.

Cari Ann Gleason, 33, removed the children from their Victorville home in November 2014 and fled the state, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office.

After conducting a lengthy investigation, officials were able to locate the children in Florida, more than 2,000 miles from their home.

Investigators from the Child Abduction Unit arranged to meet Gleason in Daytona Beach on Jan. 30. She voluntarily turned the children over to investigators, officials said. The children, whose names and ages were not released, were reunited with their 57-year-old father, Augustus Scott, the following day.

"No matter how many times we do this, it’s always gratifying to reunite a child, or, as in this case, children, with their legal parent or guardian and ensure that the court’s child custody orders are followed," Senior Investigator Karen Cragg said in a news release.

Scott told NBC4 that his outlook on police "is totally different now." 

"I can’t be grateful enough to those two officers in that division and that department … there are no words," Scott said. 

Charges will not be fired against Gleason, said San Bernardino Deputy District Attorney Kurt Rowley.

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