Child safely reunited; Rebecca Nelson booked into Big Island jail
A child is safely back with their biological father after their mother was accused of violating a custody ruling and taking the child to Hawaii.
On Feb. 23, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the unnamed father regarding his ten-month-old child; he alleged that the child’s mother, 42-year-old Rebecca Judith Nelson of McKinleyville, had fled with the kid to an unknown location. The father had not seen his child since December of last year, despite being awarded physical custody by the Humboldt County Superior Court on Feb. 11.
Upon being provided with a copy of the court order and in the process of their investigation, deputies stumbled upon a possible location for Nelson in Kona, Hawaii. A local judge issued a felony warrant for her arrest with a bail amount of $50,000, and the HCSO sent this warrant to the Hawaii Police Department. According to a press statement by lieutenant Steve Knight, Hawaii Police Officers went to the suspect’s location and arrested her, booking into jail on the Big Island without incident.
The child was located and re-united with the father. It’s not known at this time when Nelson will be returned to Humboldt County.
Members of the public with information for the HCSO regarding this case or related criminal activity are encouraged to call them at (707) 445-7251 or their Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.