Mom ready to renew custody battle for twins
CanWest News Service; Ottawa Citizen
Sunday, January 07, 2007
OTTAWA -- Allison Quets' face beamed Saturday as she showed home movies of her biological twins in their beloved double stroller.
The digital movie camera, which Quets preciously guards, holds her only reminders of Holly and Tyler while she prepares to return to the United States on Monday to face charges of kidnapping of her own children.
Quets, 49, was found in Ottawa on Dec. 29 with the 17-month-old infants, who were adopted by a North Carolina couple shortly after they were born.
The American woman, who was in custody for a week, has won a number of supporters in Ottawa who sympathize with her situation. She has been staying in the home of Robert and Mary Thompson since being given a temporary release on Thursday.
"I'll be returning to fight," she said of her return to the U.S. on Monday.
"That's what my life is right now, fighting for my children. I have sacrificed almost everything and I'm not stopping now. That's all there is for me my children and they need me, I know they need me.
"I could never ever tell them I gave up on them, ever. And I never will."
The American woman faces federal and state kidnapping charges in North Carolina.
The self-described "shy, quiet, engineering type" wiped away tears several times while discussing her difficult pregnancy and her future plans to go home, clear her name, and gain full custody of Holly and Tyler.
Her decision to bypass extradition hearings and voluntarily return was sealed once the twins returned home with their adoptive parents, Kevin and Denise Needham of Apex, N.C.
`There's really no point being anywhere else or doing anything else," she said.
She wouldn't comment on the specifics of her ongoing custody appeal in Florida.
After her arrest at a three-bedroom townhouse in Ottawa, she was taken into custody, where she said fellow inmates were a source of strength.
"They sat with me when I cried," she said. "They told me to be strong and some of them gave up their phone time for me.
"The female guards helped as well. They were sympathetic because I was a mother who was fighting for her children."
Quets, a slender woman with short brown hair who works in computer engineering, conceived her children through in-vitro fertilization in what she said was a difficult pregnancy.
She said she battled hyperemesis, a condition that causes excessive nausea and vomiting, malnourishment. It can lead to depression, ruptured organs, and even miscarriage.
"Every time I threw up blood I was afraid I was going to die," she said. "I was not healthy."
Quets claims she suffered post-partum depression after giving birth and was pressured into offering the twins for adoption. Since then she's poured her life savings of about $400,000 US into the custody dispute and has used her academic background to study family law.
"I think God has chosen me to fight this battle on behalf of so many other women that just can't do it," she said. "There are times when I really nearly crushed but I manage to persevere."
OTTAWA -- A woman accused of kidnapping her 17-month-old twins from their adoptive parents in Apex and taking them to Canada is expected to report to police Monday for extradition to the United States.
Allison Quets was released on bail Friday. She is currently in the custody of two Canadian couples who posted nearly 18,000 in bonds and cash.
Quets discussed the incident in an exclusive interview with the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday. She says her children are the joy of her life and mean everything to her.
She also says morally she feels like her actions were justified because she says she was trying to protect her children.
An attorney for Quets says his client will continue her efforts to regain custody of the twins – a boy, Tyler Lee, and a girl Holly Ann – when she returns to the United States.
Quets says she hopes to see them again soon. Meanwhile, the twins have been returned to their adoptive parents in Apex.