Authorities found a missing Arizona woman hiding out with her infant son in California on Monday after a an almost four-month search. They detained her for due to a custodial interference case; pending extradition, she’s scheduled to be taken back to her home state to face charges.
Fox10 reports that a a U.S. Marshal’s task force detained 19-year-old Madeline Jones and her 1-year-old son, William, in Ramona, California, on Monday at around 1 p.m. Jones disappeared with her son in June, shortly after the baby’s father, Jacob Gouchenour, was awarded joint custody.
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“So we just got great news, everybody, great news,” said Jacob Gouchenour on Facebook on Monday. “The Mesa police just called — they found Maddie and William.”
Last week, police arrested Jones’ parents at an Arizona airport and charged them both with filing a false missing persons report. On June 16, Roland Jones called the police and said his daughter and grandson disappeared. He told detectives that Madeline Jones had been stressed about her recent divorce before she vanished. He claimed he had no idea where she would be.
Roland Jones and his wife, Cassandra Yusko-Jones, blamed Gouchenour for her disappearance and according to police, tried to pin abuse on him. Authorities reported that they found no evidence of the accusations.
Great Falls Tribune reports that authorities handed over baby William to the Child and Family Services in California. Gouchenour was later reunited with his son for the first time in three months.
“They are both in good condition and William is in the custody of Child Protective Services. Madeline is being detained at this time,” Mesa Police Detective Steven Berry told Great Falls Tribune.
Law enforcement officials asserted that Madeline Jones, with the assistance of her parents, disappeared so that she didn’t have to share custody of her son with Gouchenour. Although her parents claimed they didn’t know where their daughter was, a family friend told authorities she saw baby William wearing a girl’s dress shortly before they disappeared. The friend also said she saw Yusko-Jones purchasing hair dye; she later saw Madeline Jones with a different hair color.
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Further, authorities reported that Yusko-Jones withdrew $2,900 cash from her bank account a day before he daughter and grandson vanished.
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