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FBI makes arrest in lesbian pair’s kidnapping, child custody battle

Keen News Service
Friday, April 22, 2011

A man accused of helping a former lesbian sneak a child out of the country, violating a court order that the mother turn the child over to her former same-sex partner, was arrested April 18 and will be arraigned in federal court in Vermont on Monday, April 25.

Lisa Miller (left) and Janet Jenkins

According to court documents, the FBI arrested Timothy David Miller in Alexandria, Virginia, on charges that he aided in the international parental kidnapping of Isabella Miller-Jenkins by one of her two mothers, Lisa Miller.

The FBI statement says Lisa Miller took her child to Mexico in September 2009 “with the intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of parental rights by Janet Jenkins,” her former civil union partner. The statement says Timothy Miller provided assistance with Lisa Miller’s travel from the U.S. to Toronto and then to Mexico City, and provided shelter for her. The Millers then continued on to Managua, Nicaragua, later that month.

A warrant for Lisa Miller’s arrest was issued in April 2010.

Sarah Star, a Vermont attorney representing Jenkins, said Friday that, despite Timothy Miller’s arrest, “We still don’t know where they are now.”

Jenkins issued a statement saying she hopes “Isabella is safe and well” and that she is looking forward to “having my daughter home safe with me very soon.”

But Star said she was not sure what measures might be available to law enforcement officials to attempt to locate and extradite Lisa Miller back to the United States.

The FBI indicated it has not established whether Lisa Miller is related to Timothy Miller. Timothy Miller reportedly lived in Crossville, Tennessee, and has a wife and four children. But evidence suggests he and the family were living in Nicaragua in November 2008. The Rutland Herald, a Vermont daily newspaper, said Timothy Miller worked as missionary in Nicaragua.

According to one FBI affidavit, the “Lynchburg Christian Academy Payroll Account” provided “multiple payroll checks to Lisa Miller. The Academy is an affiliate of the late Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church.

The FBI documents indicate agents believe Lisa Miller was going by the name Sarah, and that her daughter was being referred to as Lydia.

A Vermont judge transferred full custody of the daughter to Jenkins in November 2009, after Lisa Miller failed to comply with a court order that she allow Jenkins visitation with the child.

The Miller-Jenkins case took on national prominence after Lisa Miller moved from Vermont to Virginia in an effort to use Virginia’s newly enacted law banning recognition of same-sex relationships as leverage in her battle to prevent Jenkins from having visitation. But Virginia courts, including the state supreme court, ruled that the federal kidnapping law trumps Virginia’s “Marriage Affirmation Act” and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

In 2003, Lisa Miller renounced homosexuality and became an evangelical Christian. Isabella Miller turned 9 this month.

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12 more reader comments:

  1. former lesbian?lol

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 6:31pm
  2. Wow

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 6:33pm
  3. Wow

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 6:33pm
  4. Never bring a child into the battle no more what kind of couple you are or were. I don’t care if you’re gay, straight, bi or whatnot. You do not bring a child into a custody battle by kidnapping it.

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 6:36pm
  5. …confusing.

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 6:37pm
  6. Former?! i’m sick of these organizations that believe they can change the gay it can cause mental harm it can only be repressed not changed maybe that’s the case here

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 6:37pm
  7. Former?! i’m sick of these organizations that believe they can change the gay it can cause mental harm it can only be repressed not changed maybe that’s the case here

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 6:37pm
  8. ^bs

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 6:56pm
  9. SMH!

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 7:11pm
  10. loser

    Posted on Friday, April 22, 2011 at 7:51pm
  11. what did you expect.. former hahaha I love that one. “Oh that’s when we were formerly gay” hahaha!!

    Posted on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 2:26am
  12. I recently watched this movie on Lifetime starring Taraji Henson where she went to N. Korea and got back her son who was kidnapped by the father. I WOULD GO TO MEXICO AND GET MY DAUGHTER BACK NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES. I know its wrong to take the law into your own hands, but otherwise it’s possible that she may never see her daughter again.

    Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 11:44am