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Quets: 'My Interests Were in Protecting My Children'

Posted April 12, 2007

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— A birth mother accused of kidnapping her twin toddlers from their adoptive parents in Apex told a national television audience Thursday morning that she only wanted to care for the youngsters and never planned to abduct them.

Allison Quets is charged with two federalcounts of international parental kidnapping after fleeing with the twins, now 21 months old, to Canada after a weekend visit in December.

Quets was arrested with the twins in Ottawa, Ontario, a week later. The twins are back in the care of their adoptive parents in Apex, and Quets is being held in the Franklin County Jail until her trial.

Dressed in a red prison jumpsuit, Quets appeared on the syndicated Dr. Phil show Thursday to discuss her case. Her attorney, Kathleen Mullin, and her sister, Gail Quets, also appeared on the show, which examined hyperemesis, the debilitating disease Quets said she suffered during her pregnancy.

"I was so sick and depleted that I thought I was going to die, and there were moments that I wanted to die," said Quets, whose eyes continually darted about during the interview. "I was just very, very, very desperate. ... I thought I was going down the tubes, and I didn't want to take them with me."

She said she consented to the adoption only because of her illness and because attorneys in Florida coerced her during an extended meeting. She said she had no legal representation and was sleep-deprived and malnourished.

"It's obvious the consent was obtained with pressure," she said. "They knew I was at my weakest, my lowest point, and they took advantage of that."

Prosecutors have described Quets as manipulative and said she planned the abduction for months.

Quets said she decided to take the twins to Canada "at the last minute."

"I didn't have a long-term plan. I just knew I had to be with my children," she said. "As a mother, my interests were in protecting my children."

Mullin agreed that there was no criminal intent in Quets' actions.

"She didn't kidnap these babies. She never possessed the criminal heart to take them," Mullin said. "There was nothing covert in what Allison did."

Quets said she doesn't regret her decision to take the children to Canada, and she said she thinks it would be fair for a court to remove the twins from the Apex home where they have spent so much of their lives and put them back in her care.

"The best interest of the babies is to be with their mother," she said.


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  • Sissy Apr 19, 2007

    Curious how many posters have visited www.hyperemesis.org to learn about Hyperemesis. Perhaps the severity of this disease would help some understand how much Allison Quets needed help.

  • Sissy Apr 19, 2007

    Hondaman: Allison’s family SHOULD have helped but they did not. Is that her fault? No. It is easy to say they should have helped, but not knowing their circumstances at the time, it’s hard to say why they didn’t. The truth is, it’s infuriating to me that no one stepped up to the plate to help, Needhams and social workers included. Sadly, women who suffer any pregnancy complication will probably say what I do: family doesn’t understand and don’t usually step up. In fact, HG is so misunderstood, that women still die in the 21st century due to substandard medical care. How stupid of Allison to be sick and not able to find help...bet she feels the fool.

  • Sissy Apr 19, 2007

    Mom on Call: Where have you seen that Allison offered one of the babies to the Needhams? I’ve read everything I can find on the case (from adoption blogs, to newspapers, to non-profit sites, to the website started for Allison) since December and haven't ever seen that. When did she first call the Needhams? How pregnant was she? Where did you see about stalking the Needhams? How could she? She worked in Florida, right? She had to work to live and to pay her attorneys, so she could continue the legal case to regain the kids. How could she stalk the Needhams from another state? Doesn’t sound at all possible. Posing as Mrs. Needham? Never read that any place. Contacting the Needhams early in pregnancy? How early? Never read that either. Please share the links to these items.

    I would like to learn more about this case. Based on the evidence (from various sources), I am on Allison's side. Please let me know where to get these things so I can learn if I shouldn't be.

  • readyforgodswilltobedone Apr 14, 2007

    luvmyboys- actually if you look at Moses mother she put in the basket so that he wouldn't be killed.. So in some cases a mother love for her children would cause her to give them up...

  • .45 Apr 14, 2007

    Ther also seems to be alot of talk about waiting periods. All the waiting periods are is agony for the adoptive parents.They have to sit there hoping that this woman doesn't change her mind and take back their new found and long awaited joy.

    The waiting period for the birth mother is before she signs the papers. Shouldn't you think through something that serious BEFORE you make it legal. Do you really want to give a child back to a person who says, "I really really do not want this child here take it, oh maybe I do want it after all, I'll take it back now, I guess."?

  • .45 Apr 14, 2007

    "There are plenty of other children out there to adopt."???

    Are you serious? These people don't want "other children", they want their children. That is what they are now. She gave them away and they became somebody elses children. They are loved and cared for, which is something that they will not get from a woman who will be in prison.
    She is a felon and couldn't even qualify to adopt them why should we give her custody.

    Also if the adoptive parents can get "other children" why can't she just use her other eggs to give birth to "other children".

  • luv my peeps Apr 14, 2007

    They are with their mother... A mother is a woman who raises them, loves them, and would never dream of giving them away even when facing seeminly insurmountable obstacles.

  • StopRacismNow Apr 13, 2007

    Give her children back to her. She was obviously very sick when the adoption took pace. Her physical condition was very grave and she thought she was going to pass away. She did what she thought was right at the time. It is my understanding that she was fighting the adoption from the second day that she signed the papers. Are there now waiting periods in Florida? If the adoptive parents really care about the children then they should give them back. There are plenty of other children out there to adopt.

  • marielee Apr 13, 2007

    And, as far as the children are concerned, they won't remember any of this. My Father was apopted out at 2 1/2. He's not been harmed in any way or have any recollection of it...

  • marielee Apr 13, 2007

    It's pathetic that a State like Florida doesn't even had a waiting period. Everyone has a right to change their mind, especially when you're making a decision like that. No matter what, Allson at least deserves that. They may be with 'good parents' right now, but Allison is their Mom, and those kids rightfully belong to her. I know, I have 5 kids of my own, and there's been a lot of mistakes that I have made that I regret as all of us parents make.