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Durham mother turns herself in after allegedly abducting sons

Posted October 1, 2013

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— A Durham woman accused of abducting her sons from the parking lot of Hillandale Elementary School Tuesday morning has turned herself in to police.

Selma Diaz, 46, surrendered to Carrboro police Tuesday evening. She faces felony charges in connection with the alleged abduction.

The boys – Daniel Isai Banegas Diaz, 6, and Jeremias Isaac Banegas Diaz, 5 – were with Selma Diaz and were not harmed, police said.

Court records show a judge granted exclusive temporary custody of them to their father, Roberto Banegas, after he claimed Selma Diaz has bipolar disorder and tried to kill herself in March by jumping in front of a car with her oldest son in hand.

The parents were scheduled to attend a mediation orientation on Oct. 3.

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  • djofraleigh Oct 2, 2013

    "I think we need to rethink the terms used in these domestic custody disputes. Kidnapping and amber alerts, in the vast majority of cases, is a little over the top and cheapens the real need for amber alerts. -- veyor

    I agree, but in this case, with the mother bi-polar, suicidal with child in hand, it doesn't apply

  • Dido Oct 2, 2013

    "Court records show a judge granted exclusive temporary custody of them to their father, Roberto Banegas, after he claimed Selma Diaz has bipolar disorder and tried to kill herself in March by jumping in front of a car with her oldest son in hand"....black, white, hispanic or asian, if this account is true, the children are not safe in the custody of their mother.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Oct 1, 2013

    a reason a mother cannot pick up her children it is a pretty important detail to leave out of the story. coralart

    Can't be troubled with getting the facts, after all this is BREAKING NEWS.

    disgusted2010
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    They said she didn't have custody. Must mean she didn't have custody which means she shouldn't have been picking them up. Fact

  • Seligkeit Oct 1, 2013

    I don't believe a mother can kidnap her children. Violate a custody agreement, yes, but not kidnap your own children.

  • veyor Oct 1, 2013

    I think we need to rethink the terms used in these domestic custody disputes. Kidnapping and amber alerts, in the vast majority of cases, is a little over the top and cheapens the real need for amber alerts.

  • Jack Flash Oct 1, 2013

    "How many times have we seen stories on WRAL regarding parents in the Hispanic population kidnapping children? More than all the other races combined."

    73% of all stats are just made up right off the top of someone's head.

    "Or were you just being cynical?"

    It's called "allusion": a reference to something else from pop culture, art, or a story on WRAL a little while ago that had that same ending.

  • disgusted2010 Oct 1, 2013

    a reason a mother cannot pick up her children it is a pretty important detail to leave out of the story.
    coralart

    Can't be troubled with getting the facts, after all this is BREAKING NEWS.

  • cwilliams27801 Oct 1, 2013

    If all the illegals are deported. NC is an agriculture state. Who then, will work the fields. I bet any amount of money none of you will.

  • Wilson Andrew Craig, III Oct 1, 2013

    AMBER Alert does not qualify as this seems to be a custodial issue.

  • coralart Oct 1, 2013

    a reason a mother cannot pick up her children it is a pretty important detail to leave out of the story.

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