(KS) Battered Mother Who Lost Children and Appealed to Kansas Legislature, jailed for 12 days!! OUTRAGEOUS! KSWatchDog
Cecillia Arnold was released from jail on Sunday after 12 days. Her offense? She talked to her daughter in foster care.
According to Arnold she was given documents that her daughter and her parents will be witnesses against her at her preliminary hearing in Wichita on April 21.
In previous conversations Arnold said her 9-year-old daughter was upset and scared and had asked “Mom, are you going to jail?” Arnold asked, “who does this do a kid” in making a child testify again her mom? Arnold is 25.
In an interview in Topeka in 2009 after testifying to the Joint Committee on Children’s Issues, Arnold said she thought she could have done a better job representing her case than the court-appointed attorney representing her. [See first video below, or listen to audio of her testimony below.]
Arnold plans to see if she has enough money in her 401(K) retirement account to obtain better legal counsel than she received in the past.
Her dad explained “We don’t have money” and are limited on what legal help they can afford to give their daughter or to fight for their granddaughters. [See second video below.]
What was the offense?
As reported last year by Kansas Watchdog, Sedgwick County officials issued an arrest warrant for Arnold in Feb. 2010 after she talked to her older daughter while traveling through Wichita on her way back to Texas on Dec. 1, 2009.
Arnold’s trip back to Texas was after she testified before a Joint Committee on Children’s Issues at the capitol in Topeka about losing her daughters to foster care when she was an abused mom herself.
Arnold’s older daughter was in foster care in Wichita and Arnold violated a court order by talking with her. For talking with her daughter Arnold became one of the “Featured Felons” in Sedgwick County in Feb. 2010.
Arnold said “they came to my job” on March 29 and she stayed in Texas jails in Arlington and Ft. Worth until April 7 waiting for “Kansas to come and get me.” Arnold said she was transferred by plane to Wichita on Thursday evening.
Arnold said some Texas officials told her “we never see an extradition for something like this.”
The Wichita Eagle‘s daily bookings from the Sedgwick County Jail show Arnold was charged on April 7 with “Interference with parental custody; other than joint custody.”
The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office web site still shows Arnold as a wanted person.
On Monday officials from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office declined to verify anything about the extradition and declined to comment about the case since Arnold had been released.
The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office on Monday said they could not verify anything about the extradition and declined any comments until after Arnold makes her first appearance in District Court.
Terry Grisham, Executive Director at the Tarrant County, TX Sheriff’s office on Monday confirmed Arnold was arraigned in Ft. Worth on March 31 and released to Sedgwick County officials on April 7. A senior clerk with the Arlington Police Department confirmed Arnold’s arrest there on March 29.
Arnold said she was in Sedgwick County jail until Sunday when her dad posted bond for her.
Arnold said “I lost my job” after being arrested and is concerned that she will go to jail if she only has a court-appointed attorney.
Arnold’s parents, Albert and Monica Arnold from Wichita, traveled to Topeka in 2009 and 2010 trying to testify to the legislature on their daughter’s behalf about the treatment she has received from the legal system in Sedgwick County.
Albert and Monica Arnold are frustrated that as grandparents they have been denied custody of their own grandchildren.
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Kansas Watchdog contacted Arnold by phone in Wichita late Sunday after learning about her current legal battle from a Wichita source.