Woman Charged With Taking Hurricane Katrina Survivors Now Asking For Custody Of Kids

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - The 44-year-old Houston woman arrested last week
for taking five young Hurricane Katrina survivors away from their
mother after claiming the children were abused-- is seeking custody
of them.
Today Rhonda Tavey, who is free on bonds totaling $50,000, went
to a Houston court and filed paperwork saying she should get
custody of the three girls and two boys.
She says she should have custody because of alleged physical
abuse, family violence, drug abuse and child neglect by their
mother, Erica Alponse.
Tavey also asked for permission to violate the terms of her
bonds, which say she can't have contact with the children, ages 3
to 8.
Tavey was charged with five counts of kidnapping.
Alphonse denied claims she is an unfit mother and said she has
passed a drug test.
She said she was confused by Tavey's actions.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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