LAS VEGAS — A missing Ohio girl, Teresa Goubeaux, found in Las Vegas has been returned to her father in Ohio.
It was a case of a parental abduction.
Eva Villamor-Goubeaux, 38, is the child’s mother. The pair was last seen in Ohio on Nov. 23.
There had been sightings of mother and daughter, according to the Dayton Daily News, in New York.
Parental abductions affect more than 354,000 U.S. families each year, and it is a often a crime that is widely misunderstood.
The most common misconception is that many people, and sometimes even law enforcement, think that if the parent has taken the child then the child is likely in good hands.
This is not always the case. If a parent is suffering from mental issues the parent may not be able to adequately care for the child.
Also, if the relationship between the parents is very tense, a parent that takes off with a child might hurt the child simply to get back at the other parent.
In this case the child was located in under six months. If a parent abducts a child and is on the run for a long time the parent has to change the child’s appearance and usually calls the child by a different name in order to evade capture.
Those types of tactics can cause long term psychological damage to the child.
A warrant was issued on Feb 5 for Villamor-Goubeaux for interference with custody.
She was arrested on Feb. 27 after investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service in the Dayton and Las Vegas offices discovered that Villamor-Goubeaux was working as a home health care provider in the Las Vegas area.
Villamor-Goubeaux is being held at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending an extradition hearing Thursday in Las Vegas Justice Court.