A Lakewood woman was sentenced to 13 months in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to taking her two children to Mexico to keep them from their father, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Faye Hsin-I Ku, 42, pleaded guilty in September to two counts of international parental kidnapping.
“This defendant sought to deprive her children’s father of his court-sanctioned parental rights by fleeing the United States,” U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement. “She abducted her children, abused their emotional attachment to her, brought them to a dangerous part of Mexico and had a destructive impact on the entire family.”
On Aug. 29, 2015, Ku took the two kids, who were 15 and 9 at the time, to Mexico through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, then to the city of Sinaloa, authorities said. The FBI in Mexico City tracked them down, and passed along the information to Mexican officials, who assured the childrens’ safety, officials said.
The children were reunited with their father Feb. 12, the same day Ku was taken into federal custody.
“Bringing the children home safely was only possible due to extraordinary partnerships with law enforcement agencies across multiple states and in Mexico,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Jay S. Tabb Jr. of the FBI’s Seattle Division said in a statement.
After completing her prison sentence, Ku will be on supervised released for one year.