A Texas dad who allegedly faked claims of kid abuse in opposition to the mom of his 10-year-old daughter throughout a custody battle final yr is now accused of abducting the woman, in line with authorities.
Sophie Lengthy is believed to have been taken by her 42-year-old father, Michael Lengthy – who doesn’t have custodial rights, in line with the Texas Division of Public Security.
Michael Lengthy created a viral GoFundMe marketing campaign and shared movies in 2020 amid a battle together with his ex-wife Kelly Lengthy over the custody of their three youngsters.
The marketing campaign included a harrowing, 20-minute YouTube video titled #standwithsophie that confirmed the woman in obvious misery and saying she didn’t need to go to along with her mom, Kelly Lengthy, whom Michael Lengthy accused of abusing the kid.
The mom denied these allegations, and final yr a court-appointed amicus legal professional assigned to signify their youngsters’s greatest pursuits described the video as “self-produced” and “closely edited.” The legal professional really useful that Kelly Lengthy be granted sole authorized custody.
Court docket filings on the time alleged that Michael Lengthy barely despatched the youngsters to high school and coached the youngsters on how to answer questions. He additionally allegedly repeatedly had the oldest examined for indicators of sexual abuse – of which docs discovered none.
The amicus legal professional additionally discovered “deep considerations” over “the youngsters’s speedy emotional well being and security whereas of their father’s care” and accused him of monetizing the custody battle for his personal revenue at his children’ expense.
The legal professional additionally claimed the GoFundMe fundraiser had raised greater than $200,000 primarily based on fraudulent accusations in opposition to Sophie’s mom. When accessed Wednesday it was closed to new donations.
And at one level, Kelly Lengthy was pressured to cover out along with her youngsters at a lodge from “a gun-carrying, indignant social media mob who had been given her house deal with,” – prompting Frisco police to publicly state Sophie was secure along with her mom with the intention to assist calm the scenario, in line with the Routzon Legislation Agency of Keller, Texas.
“Specialists consider that Michael Lengthy’s actions kind a textbook instance of ‘parental alienation’ – a sort of kid abuse wherein he has persistently used psychological manipulation to show the youngsters in opposition to the opposite mother or father,” the agency stated in a press release on the time.
Spokespersons for Routzon didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information requests for remark Wednesday.
Sophie is 5 toes tall and weighs round 95 kilos, in line with authorities. She has blue eyes, blonde hair and a scar from a burn on one in every of her arms.
Michael Lengthy is 6 toes, 4 inches tall, weighs about 205 kilos and has inexperienced eyes and blonde hair.
They had been final seen in Seguin, Texas, on July 12.
Investigators stated they consider Lengthy may very well be making an attempt to take his daughter to Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Mexico or Argentina.
He could also be driving a white 2010 Ford Edge SUV or a grey van with tinted home windows, an NRA sticker and a black roof rack, in line with authorities.