(The above photos show Zachary Stratton Smith and Chelsea Paige Smith, kidnapped by their noncustodial mother in 1997. Zachary's picture is shown age-progressed to 20 years and Chelsea's picture is shown age-progressed to 17 years by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. For more information about their case, visit the Polly Klaas Foundation.)
Meanwhile, it looks like the mothers in our nasty local custody and child kidnapping cases lost authorities' sympathy a long time ago and now risk paying a high price for deciding to flee with their kids.
Elizabeth Stratton is being sought by authorities on charges of parent abduction. Wendy Dawn Hill was arrested in Southern California last week. She was brought back to Contra Costa County and booked into County Jail in Martinez on abduction charges.