The Federal Bureau of Investigation was given jurisdiction to investigate non-family child abductions under the “Lindbergh Law” in 1932. Contrary to what some might believe, an abducted child does not have to be taken across state lines, there does not have to be a demand for ransom of any kind and the child does not have to be missing for 24 hours before the FBI will get involved.
When a child is believed to be abducted by a stranger, the case generally receives a high amount of media attention. The FBI uses Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams to help facilitate an abducted child’s safe return. The teams are made up of experienced agents who have had success in investigations involving crimes against children. These teams ensure the investigation moves efficiently and quickly, providing support to the FBI’s field office that is running the investigation.
In 1990, the National Child Search Assistance Act was passed. This act states that no waiting period is allowed when it comes to taking a report on a missing child. The information on the child must also be immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center as well as the law enforcement system in the state where the abduction occurred.
For those suspected of child abduction, whether a family member or a stranger to the child, it is vital that you know you have the right to remain silent until you have spoken to an attorney. If you are charged with any crime related to a child’s abduction, including a federal crime, you still have rights. You are also to be considered innocent until proven guilty. At The Kelly Law Firm, we want nothing to happen to any child. However, we also know that a defendant’s rights must be protected.