Couple accused of hiding lacking Columbia County teen of their dwelling arrested on custody interference – Motion Information Jax
A couple is facing charges after deputies say they hid a missing Columbia County 17-year-old girl in their home.
Action News Jax first told you when Dalia Martinez-Lopez was reported missing last week.
Detectives now say she was at a friend’s house.
According to deputies, James and Robin Kite, both 39, hid Dalia in their home instead of cooperating with detectives.
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She’s now back with her family.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said the couple kept Dalia from her parents and lied to detectives in an attempt to cover it up.
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Both James and Robin Kite were arrested on Wednesday each on a charge of interfering with child custody. They were both released from the Columbia County Jail on the same day on a $30,000 bond for each of them.
“I am thankful Dalia is safe,” Sheriff Mark Hunter said in a statement. “Not knowing if your child is safe has to be the worst feeling a parent can experience. It disappoints me that people who are parents themselves, would intentionally work against law enforcement and deprive other parents of that peace of mind.”
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