Pennsylvania residents Kurt Humbert and Amanda Milligan began fighting for custody of their daughter, Bella, in 2005.
On August 2, a Judge gave Humbert primary custody of Bella.
On August 5, Humbert took Bella to her grandparents home, where Amanda Milligan lives, for her custodial time. Upon his return, Bella and her mother were gone, and the grandparents, William and LaDonna Milligan, said they didn’t know where the two had gone.
One week later, Amanda Milligan surrendered to police, but according to Crafton police Chief Mark Sumpter, she did not have Bella. Authorities charged her with interfering with the custody of a child and placed her in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Two days after her arrest, Bella was turned over to the Crafton police yesterday by Amanda Milligan's attorney, Bernie Caputo. He said his client's parents made arrangements to leave Bella with him.
According to court records, William and LaDonna Milligan were then arrested for interfering with the custody of a child and concealing the whereabouts of a child and conspiracy.
LaDonna Milligan was released on her own recognizance while husband, William Milligan II, 51, remains in county jail on $30,000 bond. They face preliminary hearings August 26.
Mrs. Milligan explained their actions in part by saying there was confusion over recent custody orders, but also by saying that someone in the Humbert family struck Bella and they feared for Bella's safety.
"I would (have given) them Bella if that's what's best, but it's not," said Milligan, 48, of Crafton. "Now my husband is sitting in jail. It's not right. He loves Bella."
According to Police Chief Sumpter, there was no merit to the accusation that someone struck the child.
Bella’s father said, "The judge gave me full custody, and he did it for a reason."