AP

AUGUST 02, 07:02 EDT

Dad in Custody Fight Kidnaps Kids
Associated Press

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A father embroiled in a custody fight with the state kidnapped his three young daughters at gunpoint from a child-care worker following a supervised visit with the children, authorities said.

Brian Christine, 28, allegedly pulled a gun at a rest area where the worker had stopped while on the way to return the girls to their foster home after the visit Wednesday. Christine then drove away with the girls — ages 3, 4 and 6 — in the worker's vehicle, said Sgt. Rick Carlton.

Christine and the children were still missing Thursday, police said.

State workers took the children into custody about a year ago, said Patricia Feeny, a spokeswoman for Services to Children and Families. At least one of the three children had been hospitalized for malnutrition, she said.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier quoted state officials as saying they were planning to terminate Christine's parental rights before the kidnapping.

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Cristines' Web site: http://www.governmentchildtheft.com

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