Tuesday, September 13, 2011
A school board candidate in Northern California has acknowledged she was once arrested for abducting four girls from a bus stop in 1998.
The Daily Republic of Fairfield reports (http://bit.ly/omYxnA) 70-year-old Alvina Sheeley spent more than a year in a federal
psychiatric hospital after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to four counts of abduction.
The former teacher is on the November ballot for the spot on the
Sheeley says she was under "mental duress" at the time of the
abductions, when she tried to gain custody of a child whom she knew
through family in her hometown of Alton, Ill.
Sheeley took the girl and three others, ages 8 to 12, after the girl's mother refused to give her custody.
Sheeley says she meant no harm.