- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A missing Mississippi teenager is back with his father, according to the FBI, and his mother is charged with international parental kidnapping.

FBI spokesman, Special Agent Jason Pack, said the mother, 38-year-old Jennifer Houff, is accused of abducting the child at age 12.

On Monday, Houff appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball. She was released to the custody of her parents on $10,000 unsecured bond. She is scheduled to be fitted with a GPS monitoring system on Wednesday.

She is accused of taking her son from Flowood in March, 2012 to Cairo, Egypt. A federal warrant for international parental kidnapping was issued for her April 13, 2012.

According to her testimony in court, she returned Saturday.

Pack said agents worked with the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department through the FBI Legal Attache’s office in Cairo, as well as the Justice and State Departments to bring Houff back to Mississippi.

Pack said the boy is back with his father.

John Colette, Houff’s attorney, said the charge and his client’s intentions need to be explored.

“When you look at the charging documents, when she left the country she had full custody of her son. That was changed later when she failed to appear at a hearing.

“So that’s where the gray area comes. I mean, did she not bring him back when she was supposed to? Did she intentionally stay? I mean, those are issues that we’ll have to look at at some length. But when she left the country she had full custody of her son,” Colette said.

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