Coast mum faces US kidnap charges from 20 years ago

SAVANNA Geldenhuys held up a sign toward the court room dock: "I love you Mom".

She had finished the sign with a big bright-pink love heart.

The anxious young woman relied on the support of a packed public gallery as her mother Dorothy Barnett faced a bail hearing in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court in relation to kidnapping her daughter in the US 20 years ago.

Savanna's brother Sean was among those watching proceedings.

Ms Barnett, 53, of Mountain Creek, was arrested last Tuesday, and is facing extradition to the US to face charges relating to false passports, dated mid-April 1994, and parental kidnapping, dated April 24, 1994.

The charges relate to Savanna, who was a one-year-old baby at the time.

Prosecutor Marc McKechnie, representing the Attorney-General and the US

Government, suggested Ms Barnett was a flight risk and asked that bail be denied.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy adjourned the bail hearing until next Thursday.

The extradition hearings are expected to be held in February next year.

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