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Arrest Made In Miller-Jenkins Custody Case

Jim Burroway

April 22nd, 2011

The Massachusetts-based Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) has sent out a press release announcing that an arrest has been made in custody case involving former civil union partners Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller, and their daughter, Isabella Miller-Jenkins. GLAD points to a the Rutland Herald (pay site) article, saying that Timothy David Miller has been arrested in connection with the case.

The Washington Post picks up the thread, reporting that the FBI arrested Miller and accused him of helping Lisa Miller flee to Nicaragua with the couple’s daughter in September 2009. The relationship between Timothy and Lisa Miller is unknown at this time. Miller will appear in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont on Monday April 25.

Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins entered a Vermont civil union in 2000, and Isabella was born in 2002, with Miller as her birth mother. The couple split up in 2003 when Miller moved to Virginia, became an evangelical Christian and entered the ex-gay movement. She was initially granted custody, but Jenkins was awarded visitation rights. When Miller refused to allow Jenkins to visit their daughter, courts in Virginia and Vermont ordered Miller to surrender custody to Jenkins. Miller went into hiding at the encouragement of ex-gay activists, and failed to appear at a court ordered custody exchange on January 1, 2010.

According to GLAD’s press release, Janet Jenkins issued the following statement from her home in Vermont:

“I’m grateful to everyone in law enforcement for working so hard on finding my daughter, as well as to my attorney, Sarah Star.  I know very little at this point, but I really hope that this means that Isabella is safe and well.  I am looking forward to having my daughter home safe with me very soon.”

Attorney Sarah Star of Middlebury, who has been representing Janet, said, “It is clear that the government has been working hard on this. Janet is very pleased and we are both hopeful that this will be a step in the right direction of bringing Isabella home. At this point we need to let law enforcement do their work, and recognize that there are still steps to go.”

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TampaZeke
April 22nd, 2011 | LINK

I can’t wait for them to arrest Matt Barber!

Erin
April 22nd, 2011 | LINK

Poor woman. Lisa Miller has most likely been filling the child’s head with horror stories about her other mother, and it will be difficult to repair the relationship once the little girl comes home.

customartist
April 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Let’s ask CNN to begin reporting on this:

http://www.cnn.com/feedback/tips/newstips.html

NoxiousNan
April 26th, 2011 | LINK

Wonderful! I won’t hold my breath for Lisa Miller to come forward on behalf of her…husband, brother, whatever. She’s already shown herself to be amoral.

I hope Janet and Isabella are reunited soon, and I have faith that Janet can dispell what lies have been told about her just through love and patience.

I suspect the abiding sad ending to this story will rest with Lisa when she inevitably will have to face the ex-gay ministry’s lies, her own self loathing, and the possible loss of her daughter’s love and trust.

Yet, I can’t muster any sympathy for her…yet.

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