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Birth Mother, Charged With Kidnapping, Out on Bail

Posted January 4, 2007 6:38 a.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2007 8:45 a.m. EST

— A Canadian court granted bail Thursday for a Florida birth mother charged with kidnapping twins from their adoptive parents in Apex, N.C.

According to Canadian television station CTV, two couples whom Allison Quets met while in Canada posted $18,000 bail.

Durham, N.C., police said Quets, 49, failed to return the children — Tyler and Holly Needham — to their adoptive parents on Christmas Eve after a court-approved monthly visit.

Authorities was arrested last week in Ottawa because of kidnapping charges in the United States.

Jeff Schroeder, Quets' attorney, also argued in court Thursday that Quets does not need to face an extradition hearing, because she is willing to return to the United States to face the charges.

CTV reported that Quets is expected to return to the U.S. on Monday.

The twins are back with their adoptive parents, but Schroeder also asked the court to grant her custody of the two children.

The case has received international attention, with various anti-adoption groups showing up in Ottawa in support of Quets. They believe the kidnapping case needs to be tempered by understanding the complicated emotions involved in adoptions.

Schroeder said his client consented to the adoption after a rough pregnancy, but changed her mind within 12 hours. She has fought the Needhams for custodial rights ever since.

The case is before an appellate court in Florida, where Quets gave birth to the twins. Schroeder had hoped to keep the children in Canada until the adoption appeal played out in Florida.