- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) - A woman who turned herself in to authorities a decade after fleeing with her 8-year-old daughter during a custody dispute has been released on $50,000 cash bail.

Genevieve Kelley of Whitefield disappeared with her daughter, Mary, into Central America in 2004 after her attempt to prove her ex-husband harmed the child backfired.

Shortly after her daughter turned 18 in February and was no longer subject to the family court, the 50-year-old Kelley made contact. Her lawyer said she wants to face trial on her custodial interference charge. Kelley, who turned herself in on Nov. 17, said her daughter is safe; authorities aren’t sure where she is.

Police felt Kelley’s ex-husband, Mark Nunes, was unfairly accused. He was never charged with a crime.

Kelley, who gave birth to a son while she was on the run, was released from jail Friday. She’s not allowed to have contact with her daughter.

Kelley, now living in Plymouth, told The Boston Globe( https://bit.ly/1GnY2f3she ) she surrendered because her son, John, now 9, needed medical care because he has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Her husband, Scott Kelley, who also fled with her, was charged with custodial interference as well; he is still at large.

Genevieve Kelley said they did not want to surrender together because “we didn’t want the whole family separated.”

A hearing on her case has been scheduled for Dec. 18.

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