Mother who took daughter from Wichita to Russia gets 7 years in prison

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A 38-year-old woman has been sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for unlawfully taking her young daughter from Wichita, Kansas, to Russia and demanding money from the father. 

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Bogdana Alexandrovna Mobley (Osipova), a Russian native, was sentenced Thursday for international parental kidnapping and two counts of attempting to extort money from the child’s father. A jury convicted her in March. 

Evidence during trial showed that in April 2014, Mobley took the child to Russia despite the fact the biological father, Brian Mobley, had been awarded joint custody in Sedgwick County District Court. At the time, the Mobleys had a pending divorce case before the court.

Mobley did not obtain the permission of the court or the father before going to Russia with the child. The child still has not returned to the United States.

McAllister said that between April 2014 and November 2016, Mobley only allowed the girl's father to communicate with her. via cell phones and Skype. She told him that he needed to send her money in order to see the child.

Prosecutors said when she left Wichita, she also took another child from her first marriage, who is also still thought to be in Russia. She gave birth to a third child soon after returning to Russia.

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