Kennett mom accused of abducting daughter; reward offered

Miranda Cross (Source: Kennett Police Dept.)
Miranda Cross (Source: Kennett Police Dept.)
Miranda Cross (Source: Johanna Spalding)
Miranda Cross (Source: Johanna Spalding)
Miranda Cross (Source: Johanna Spalding)
Miranda Cross (Source: Johanna Spalding)

By Kathy Sweeney - bio | email

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - The father of 10-year-old Miranda Cross is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to her safe return, after police say her mother abducted her and left the state.

Donny Cross says his ex-wife, Violet Martindale, actually left with their daughter on June 16.  Cross says he talked to Martindale by phone on Monday, but she would not let him talk to his daughter.

"She is with some sort of family," Cross said.  "I know she's being took care of.  How, I don't know.  I mean, we just want her to come home."

Lieutenant Tim Trowbridge, Kennett Police Department, says he also talked to Martindale by phone Monday.  He says Martindale admitted being at a hotel in Superior Washington, but she was gone by the time local authorities arrived.

Martindale faces a felony charge of child abduction and there is a warrant out for her arrest.

Lt. Trowbridge says the mother and daughter may be headed to Washington state and they are concerned for Miranda's safety.

Donny Cross, who won primary custody of his daughter on June 9th, says Martindale took off with Miranda when she was three years old.  Cross says it took him four years to get his daughter back.

"Last time, nobody was helping," Cross recalled.  "This time, everybody's helping.  Where it took me four years, it might only take them a couple of more days, hopefully."

If you have any information on this case, contact the Kennett Police Department at 573-888-4622.

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