Now, what is Parental Child Abduction really all about. It is ALMOST NEVER about the child. It is ALMOST ALWAYS about the parents. There is no better, quicker way to affect a parent than to interfere with their contact with their kids.
Judges know this. Police know this. Lawyers know this. And most parents, at least those who are not completely self-absorbed know this also.
We have all heard about cases where a child is molested, abused, neglected, harmed or killed by a parent. The truth is that out of an average of 200,000 to 300,000 cases of parental abduction each year in the US alone,(according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) less than 1% involve plausible, proveable fears of abuse or danger to the child. In almost every other case, it is simply a matter of one parent trying to hurt the other parent. Again, judges know this, police know this and the rest of us (non-abductors) know this. The occasional case where an abusing parent is granted custody or visitaion and ends up harming the child are well publicized and truly tragic. But they are VERY RARE cases.
What parental abduction should be classified under, in addition to being a felony, is child abuse. It is one of the most damaging things that can happen to a child, with the long term effects still not fully understood.