A Colorado woman was arrested late last month for allegedly planning to kidnap the son she lost custody of with the help of a right-wing fringe group.
Local police and the FBI reportedly arrested Cynthia Abcug, 30, in Montana on December 30. Citing an affidavit, the Daily Beast reported that Abcug planned to take her son in a “raid”-style operation with the help of armed members of QAnon.
While it is unclear why she lost custody, KMGH-TV reported that authorities had removed the child from Abcug’s home on an emergency order on September 26. The Daily Beast reported, however, that Colorado child welfare officials took Abcug’s son in the spring of 2019.
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Abcug’s daughter reportedly told police about her mother’s alleged plans in September, as she was afraid someone could be hurt in the raid. She allegedly claimed that her mother was a fervent QAnon supporter and had acquired a gun. She also said her mother had talked about a person or group dying in a QAnon-led raid, the affidavit stated.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) describes QAnon as a right-wing conspiracy theory that asserts that “deep state” members — typically Democratic politicians and Hollywood celebrities — are running a covert pro-pedophilia Satanic ring. The group also believes that President Donald Trump is actively fighting against this secret society. QAnon followers are said to be awaiting “The Storm” — when members of the deep state will be sent to Guantanamo Bay for retribution.
SPLC says that this relatively-new conspiracy group has close ties to sovereign citizens and other anti-government groups.
Authorities charged that they discovered QAnon paraphernalia at Abcug’s home. At one point, the mother was adamant people would be injured in the raid — calling them “evil Satan worshipers” and “pedophiles,” according to the affidavit.
Abcug was charged with second-degree kidnapping. She remains jailed on a $250,000 bond.
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[Featured image: Cynthia Abcug/Flathead County jail]