January 28, 2011

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Texas woman charged with fleeing New York with her child


PEEKSKILL – A 25-year-old Beaumont, Texas woman, who was visiting her four-year-old son who lives with the child’s father in Peekskill, has been arrested for taking the child back to Texas and refusing to return him.

The boy’s father has custodial rights. But, Leah Cambridge refused to return her son after he had permission to visit her for three days over the Christmas holiday.

After repeated requests to return the child, the ex-husband contacted Peekskill City Police for aid. Detective John Bennett learned Ms. Cambridge had gone to Texas with the child. He contacted several Texas agencies and they tracked her down to a Beaumont apartment where police suspected drug abuse and prostitution.

On January 13, the child was located and Ms. Cambridge was taken into custody as a fugitive from justice. She also had several outstanding warrants in Texas, police said. The boy was reunited with his father the following day when he flew to Texas to pick him up.

Ms. Cambridge was charged on Friday, January 28 after the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Warrant Squad went to Texas and returned her to Peekskill.

Police said there is no indication the child was abused while away from his father.

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