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Jun 17, 2015 4:27 PM

Genevieve Kelley pleads guilty to fleeing country with daughter, Scott Kelley also pleads guilty

The Associated Press

LANCASTER (AP) — A mother and stepfather have pleaded guilty to charges they fled the country more than a decade ago with the woman's daughter amid a custody dispute.

The surprising pleas took place during a pretrial hearing on Wednesday.

Genevieve and Scott Kelley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of custodial interference. Felony charges were dropped. Genevieve Kelley will spend 10 months in jail and Scott Kelley will serve five months.

They took Kelley's then-8-year-old daughter out of the country in 2004.

They said they did it to protect the girl and accused her biological father, Mark Nunes, of abuse.

Mark Nunes was investigated but never charged.

Genevieve Kelley turned herself in November, saying she wanted to go to trial.

Scott Kelley and the girl returned to the U.S. in April.


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