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Quets Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping

Posted September 14, 2007

— Allison Quets pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of international parental kidnapping in the December abduction of twins she gave birth to from their adoptive family in Apex.

Quets, who has been incarcerated since she was apprehended in Canada a few days after the abduction, was allowed out of jail until her sentencing hearing, scheduled for Dec. 17.

"I'm glad to be out," Quets told reporters as she and her attorney, Kathleen Mullin, left the federal courthouse in Raleigh Friday afternoon.

Quets, who was carrying a garbage bag filled with letters she received while in the Franklin County Jail, might stay with a friend in Wilmington while awaiting sentencing, Mullin said.

Following a weekend visit with twins Holly and Tyler, who were 17 months old at the time, Quets didn't return the children to their adoptive parents, Denise and Kevin Needham of Apex, on Dec. 22.

Quets was arrested nearly a week later in Ottawa, Ontario, and the children were returned to the Needhams.

Prosecutors said Quets had planned for months to take her children and obtained passports for them. But Quets and her supporters said she only wanted to be with the children, noting she only agreed to the adoption because she was under stress after a difficult pregnancy and had contested the adoption for months.

As a condition of her release, Quets was ordered not to have any contact with the children or the Needhams, unless a Florida court overseeing the adoption litigation rules otherwise.

Mullin said she and attorneys for the Needhams have discussed allowing Quets to resume a relationship with the twins.

"We look forward to her having an opportunity to recreate a relationship with her children in whatever form or fashion possible," Mullin said. "Everything that has happened in this case was because Allison wanted to be a mother, and she still wants to be a mother."

"I want to see them again more than anything," Quets said, calling the twins "the most important thing in the world" to her.

"I have to wait for the process to take place, but of course, it's on my mind every day, every minute," she said.

The Needhams issued a statement Friday afternoon through their Florida attorney, saying they were pleased with the outcome of the criminal case against Quets.

"We are anxious to get this phase behind us," they said in the statement. "Our primary concern is the well-being of our family and maintaining our children's privacy."

The negotiations between Quets and the Needhams aren't connected to the criminal case, Mullin said.

"Nothing is dependent on anything else," she said. "We're working to try to put it all to bed in a way that everybody can find some closure."

Each count of international parental kidnapping carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, but Quets already has served the minimum sentenced under federal guidelines. Mullin said she hopes to convince the sentencing judge to let Quets off without any more jail time.

"We're very hopeful she will not have to go back to jail," she said.


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  • grnpnd7 Sep 15, 2007

    My concern is for the welfare of the children. Obviously they have bonded to their adoptive mother. The first five years of a child's life is the most important. To take them away from the only family they have known could do irreparable damage.

  • Mom on Call Sep 15, 2007

    Ranquick---Allison used donor sperm and eggs for the conception of these children.

    The twins MOTHER and FATHER are the Needhams.......

    Let's all get the facts straight here. She kidnapped them, plead guilty, the adoption was found to be legal. Allison needs to move on...she designed and made this mess she has herself in. Let's have her get help, leave the kids and thier parents alone. Maybe she should work on paying lawyer fees for this disaster she made.

  • megbaum Sep 15, 2007

    I just read a few saying she "deserved to have the children returned to her."
    Felons on murder row love their children. Should they be allowed to have them?

  • megbaum Sep 15, 2007

    She's not insane - she is having a tantrum because she's not getting her way.
    Alison Quets is the most selfish person I've every had the misfortune to hear of - she is manipulative and a liar. Her stories are never the same - it was 2 days, then it was 12 hours, then it was an hour - that she regretted signing.
    I'm a birth mother and an adoptee - regrets? Of course. Taking the child from the only parents and home they've ever known? I wouldn't dream of abusing the child that way. I wouldn't want my birth mother to treat me that way.
    I am really tired of the people who claim they know her - on this board and others, I've counted well over 200 - defending her when they (a) probably don't know her and (b) if they do, how well? Remember, she is manipulative and has already been caught in several lies reported publicly. So who knows how many she's told her "friends" and family. If you know her so well, where were you when she "needed" you? Where was her family?

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Sep 15, 2007

    "Why is this the lead story? Aren't there more important and actual NEWS stories for WRAL to cover?"

    Because, the primary job of WRAL is to sell advertising, just like all media. If it makes clicks happen, it'll be page one.

  • ranquick Sep 15, 2007

    Angora I was in the Navy at the time and PLUS it was in Florida.

    And Yes she double check what I told her and and check again.

    All I am saying is: NOT ALL FATHERS act or carry on the way maybe the father of these kids did.

  • enderby Sep 15, 2007

    angora - Even if you are enamored of the profession, how could you seriously question a post relating lawyer misconduct? Also, your comment questioning another poster's high school because of mistakes in grammar is quite rude. You obviously have no problem with your self esteem, a view not all of us share.

  • seankelly15 Sep 15, 2007

    Elcid – I had to comment and run (workmen in the house). Please do not take offense to my comment – I believe the tone was too harsh.

    I respect your legal knowledge and your contributions to this board. In fact, that is part of why I said what I said – people on this board listen to you. I felt that any attempt to ‘diagnose’ Quets was inappropriate. Saying someone is crazy or that they act crazy is one thing – saying that she has Narcissistic Personality Disorder was a little over the top (and not based on anything other than an impression gleaned from news reports). Privately, I agree that she is suffering from some form of mental illness and should be treated. I do not know what form the treatment should take.

    Again, please do not think that I do not respect your opinion on legal issues and general issues of the day.

  • WilloWSnapper Sep 15, 2007

    why didnt she think about this before she had babies with no husband to help her ? DUH its not easy having a baby LET ALONE 2 at the same time. IF she's that sick in the head as the last poster claims THAN she doesn't need to have her kids back, she'll just do another Andrea Yates and get away with it

  • angora Sep 14, 2007

    "I happen to know Allison. The family in Apex are NOT adoptive parents - they are legal custodians. There is a difference. When Allison signed custody to them, within an HOUR she changed her mind, and no one would help. She was sicker than most of us can ever imagine being ( hyperemesis is a horrible condition!) and had been locked in an attorney's office in Florida for HOURS before she finally signed. She even called 911 for help, and help never came. The only ones with mental problems is legal system as a whole ( NC and FLA) as well as the family in Apex."

    I assume she told you this. Check the facts. You have been manipulated, honey, and are making yourself look a bit naive.