4 NH children taken by father found in Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Authorities have found a man accused of kidnapping his four children.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park Ranger Jason Hagan spotted a white Chevrolet with New Hampshire plates towing a pop-up camper trailer on Saturday.
“I had been told by Senior Ranger Darcy Mount to be on the lookout for a vehicle matching that description,” Hagan said. “We were especially interested because the suspect reportedly was in the Colorado Springs area because he has family here. Our information told us he was supposed to be in the area for a camping trip but he didn’t bring them home on time.”
On Friday, the Salem, New Hampshire, Police Department had asked for the public's help in finding 30-year-old Matthew Giovanditto and his four children.
The mother contacted police Sept. 11 saying Giovanditto, who is her ex-husband, took the four children to Colorado and had refused to bring them home.
The mother has full custodial rights granted to her through a New Hampshire court but had allowed Giovanditto to take the children for a short time period so she could get settled.
Hagan said Givanditto put up slight resistance when they took him into custody and tried to convince the rangers they had the situation wrong.
“He was trying to talk his way out of it,” Hagan said.
The children do not appear to have been harmed and are in the custody of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Their mother is currently making arrangements to bring them back to New Hampshire, police said.
Giovanditto has been released and is not currently facing charges.
Salem police said they are still investigating the incident.