September 11, 2014 1:49 am ET
Baltimore County State’s Attorney Shellenberger needs to act regarding Hunkovic kidnapping case. ABC-2 highlights long legal battle.
Source: A Father’s Nightmare Continues
While the Ray Rice domestic abuse case has caused an uproar both locally and across every media outlet in the nation, the bottom line is that domestic abuse can come in numerous and complicated forms, taking a human toll on all of those involved.
Unfortunately, Stan Hunkovic Jr. knows first-hand the causalities of this horrible scourge.
Stan’s pain goes much deeper than a sock to the jaw, though. He lost his two children—Gabries Julius-Karl Hunkovic, age 6, and Ansatasia Sierra-Marie Hunkovic, age 5—to his ex-wife, Leah Hunkovic, in an ugly divorce and custody battle.
After learning that the courts ruled against her, Leah took Stan’s two children and fled to Trinidad, where she remains today in defiance of the court order, flaunting the laws of the State of Maryland and Baltimore County.
However, let’s say what really happened here—Stan’s ex-wife kidnapped his two children and fled to a foreign country.
To understand this story in more detail, watch the report by ABC’s Channel 2’s Kelly Swoope, who has been covering this story for three years.
Simply put, the courts have ruled that Stan should have sole custody of his children. To that end, by fleeing the country, his ex-wife has violated Family Law Articles S9-302, S9-305 (b), and S9-307.
To be blunt, she is in a whole lot of trouble on this one.
The biggest problem is that no one seems to care. When Stan, a fire fighter/paramedic called me it was 911 a plea for help.
Here is a quote on Facebook from Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger regarding an inquiry from another person:
“I have looked into this case. Recently my Deputy John Cox had extensive conversations with your brother’s attorney explaining our position. John offered to talk to your brother. The bottom line even a kidnapping charge of the mother would not get the children back. The charge would only bring the mother back.”
The famous line from the classic movie Miracle on 34th Street comes to mind: “That’s debatable.” There are a variety of ways that such a charge would aid in resolving this issue.
If the Trinidad government makes an arrest, you think that might change the mother’s mind just a tad? How do you know unless you try?
Also, there is the fact that Mr. Hunkovic is the father and has sole custody of the children. Does that not stand for anything anymore?
One thing is for sure—nothing will happen if the State’s Attorney’s Office refuses to do anything.
Here is a quote from a document filed by Joel Zuckerman and Jamie Maxwell, attorneys’ representing Mr. Hunkovic:
1) There appears to the Court that there is no valid or other legal justifiable reason why Mr. Stanley Hunkovic should be further required to passively wait indefinitely for Ms. Leah Hunkovic to comply with the Maryland Court’s September 1, 2011 custody and visitation order.
2) The show cause order issued on March 26th, 2012 was personally served upon Ms. Leah Hunkovic on April 12, 2012. It expressly directed Ms. Hunkovic to appear in the Maryland court with the minor children Gabriel and Anastasia, for a CONTEMPT HEARING, to be held before a Judge of the Maryland Court, May 9, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.
It doesn’t get much clearer than that, now does it?
What’s missing here is action on the part of the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, which has failed to act on any attempt to bring the former Mrs. Hunkovic to justice.
How hard is it to indict and get a warrant, for starters? At least get the process moving. I wonder how Mr. Shellenberger would feel if his children had been taken?
I saw Mr. Shellenberger at Fort Howard celebrating the Bicentennial, and we talked about the matter. He promised he would revisit this issue.
Let me just say that there are a lot of parents that will be watching, so let’s see how far the long arm of the law is willing to reach.