Angel Schat’s attorney says, “There was no abduction”

inyocourthouseTo allegations that his client, Angel Schat, abducted her son, attorney Rick Wood said she complied with the legally agreed-on custody order in terms of travel. He expects to clear up the misunderstanding at a court hearing on Monday.

Wood said that the father filed for an emergency order giving him custody. He said the judge declined to issue that order Friday and instead ordered a hearing Monday. Attorney Wood explained that the arrest warrant on Angel Schat was issued “based on the allegation that the mother abducted her child.” Wood said there was no abduction. He said Ms. Schat “has sole physical custody of her son and there is no limit on travel.”

Wood made the distinction between travel and relocation. He said if Schat had been relocating with her son, she would have had to get permission from the father. Wood said she was visiting Reno. Wood further said that Angel Schat let the father know she was going to Reno. He repeated that the legally agreed upon custody order does not restrict travel.

A Bishop Police press release said they received information that Schat “might be at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport in Reno.” The release also said that video surveillance showed Schat and the child leaving the airport. Schat was stopped and arrested around the Walker Lake area by Mineral County Nevada deputies.

The arrest was apparently based on the father’s complaint that he believed Angel Schat was trying to leave the state. Wood added that the father, Sean Singleton, has spent “85% of the child’s life in prison.” He said the child, 4-year-old Sjon Paul, has spent every night of his life with his mother.

When Schat was arrested, the boy was handed over to his father, who is restricted from leaving the Eastern Sierra.

 

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16 Responses to Angel Schat’s attorney says, “There was no abduction”

  1. Trouble August 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    Call off the dogs, she really is his mother!

     
  2. Pedro August 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    Does Eastern Sierra include Reno?

     
  3. In the know August 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Submitted by Therese Hankel, attorney of Sean Singleton

    Angel Schat had removed all of her belongings from her home. She was in the process of relocating. She was trying to get her brother to lend her money to fly out of the Eastern Sierra, and she did NOT have the permission of her child’s father to do that–as required by the Court Order. Ms Schat told her child to “hide” under a blanket in the back seat of her vehicle. She did not have the four and a half year old in a car seat. She endangered his life, and, when found outside of Hawthorne by law enforcement, she resisted arrest and was taken, at gun point, out of her vehicle—while her terrified son watched.

    Her lawyer attempts to make the father of the child look bad by pointing out that he was in prison for part of his child’s life—but declines to share that a higher court found that he was erroneously convicted. CPS workers placed the child with his FATHER, NOT with his MOTHER.

    (Ms. Hankel added the below comments via email)

    Further, my client was not in prison for 85% of his son’s life. He was released from prison in July, 2012, after being falsely incarcerated. See Sean Andre Singleton v State of Florida, No. 2D10-3636, July 11, 2012. “We agree with [Sean Singleton’s] assertion that the trial court should have granted his motion for judgments of acquittal because the State’s evidence was legally insufficient to convict him. Accordingly, we reverse the convictions and remand for Singleton’s discharge.”

    My client has not seen his son because his mother failed, in violation of a court order, to which the parties had stipulated, to facilitate visitation between the minor child and my client. My client flew into California, upon receiving numerous phone calls that Angel Schat was abusing his child, was suffering from a mental illness and had removed all of her belongings from her home and had fled the area. After arriving in Mammoth, he learned from Ms. Schat herself that she was no longer in the Eastern Sierra, she had their son with her, she was claiming that “they’re killing Christians” and that she was not going to attend an emergency hearing regarding custody of their son. Law enforcement appropriately issued an Amber alert, not because she was “traveling,” but because she was fleeing the area, again, to deprive Mr. Singleton of exercising his rights as the father of his child. She was traveling up and down the highways with her son hiding under a blanket in the back seat of her vehicle, without a car seat. The hearing has been continued to Monday at 4:00.

     
  4. indethinker August 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    it sounds like the authorities acted in the best interests of the child, isn’t that what is the most important !

     
  5. Trouble August 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    That’s some pretty powerful accusations. I thought you got a ticket for not having your kid in a car seat. Child endangerment is a real stretch.

     
  6. Dee Younger August 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Don’t think this is the right forum for discussing complex legal and family issues. This stuff should be worked out in private or court mediations.

     
    • Benett Kessler August 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

      Dee, I totally agree. Let the Judge handle the issues. Benett Kessler

       
      • Trouble August 25, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

        What? Does this discussion end on your last comment Benett? If so, it ant right!

         
        • Benett Kessler August 26, 2014 at 7:35 am #

          Speculation on the facts is unproductive. We’ll be getting a report on what happened in court. BK

           
        • Mark August 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

          If all the posters here compared notes on another forum it would clearly show Benett is biased.

           
          • Benett Kessler August 26, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

            It’s not bias. It’s a dislike for useless, mean comments. Benett Kessler

             
  7. DESCO August 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    Benett,
    Maybe time to cut some people off. Free speech does not imply you can make mean, disparaging, offensive comments just to set someone off. That’s bullying. A lot of people do not want to join in what should be intelligent, civil dialog just to be insulted, consistently, by a few. There must be more than the few dozen regulars on this forum who would like to participate and possibly add a fresh, positive outlook to the discussion. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Some just need to express it in a little more, searching for a word here, friendly manor. Not like you’re setting up for a bar fight.

     
    • Benett Kessler August 26, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      Thank you. I completely agree. Benett Kessler

       
  8. Mark August 27, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    I’m probably guilty of the mean comments, so I’ll knock it off.

    I’ll be curious if Wayne can own up to the useless j/k

     
    • Pedro August 27, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      Maybe we should all ask ourselves “What would Mongo say?”

      Group hug everyone? At least the Demolition Derby brings us all together once a year.

       

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