Mother sought, grandparents arrested in child custody case
(KSLA) - A woman is wanted by New Boston, Texas, police on charges that she's been keeping her young daughter and the child's father from seeing one another.
Authorities say Hillary Clark is the subject of a warrant issued for her arrest on a charge of interference with child custody, which is a state jail felony.
Clark's parents already are in custody on the same charge.
Their arrests came, in part, after an unidentified source told investigators that the child's maternal grandmother - 54-year-old Jan Reneau Martinez - made a credible threat to not allow the 3-year-old to see her father and threatened to flee the area and/or kill the child and herself to keep the father from seeing the child.
Martinez and her husband, 52-year-old Jose Perez Martinez, are being held in Bi-State Jail in Texarkana. Each is charged with 1 count of interference with child custody. She also faces a charge of terroristic threat (family violence).
Bond for each has been set at $250,000 on the charge of interference. Bond on her charge of terroristic threat has been set at $25,000.
Justice of the Peace Nancy Talley also ordered Jan Martinez to undergo a mental health evaluation before she can be released on bond. The justice of the peace, as well, issued an emergency order protecting the child from Jan Martinez.
Both grandparents must wear a GPS tracking device and must not go within 500 yards of the child and her father while out on bond, Talley said.
New Boston police got involved with the case when the child's father filed a report July 14. He said he arrived at the Police Department to pick up his child for his court-ordered visitation but Clark and the Martinezes never arrived.
The father also told investigators that the three had prevented him from visiting his child for nearly 3 months.
Officers were advised that the court had granted legal custody to the Martinezes as well as the child's mother and father.
Clark and the Martinezes had just been in court July 13 for a contempt-of-court hearing for allegedly not allowing the child to visit her father.
Officers immediately began trying to contact the three but were unable to locate the child. During their search, officers were told that Clark, the Martinezes and the child were at a local hospital. Checks of area hospitals turned up nothing.
At that point, an Amber Alert was issued and warrants were issued for the arrests of the Martinezes. Investigators tracked the child's maternal grandparents and mother to Dallas. Dallas police arrested the Martinezes.
Dallas Child Protective Services investigators took possession of the child then turned her over to Texarkana Child Protective Services investigators.
The Martinezes were transferred to Bi-State Jail in Texarkana on July 20.
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