Woman sentenced for taking child from Kansas to Russia

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A Russian woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for taking a child she had with a Kansas man to her native country and demanding money before she would allow the father to talk to his daughter.

Bogdana Alexandrovna Mobley, 38-years-old, was sentenced Thursday for international parental kidnapping and two counts of attempting to extort money. She was convicted in March.

Prosecutors say she left Kansas in 2014 with two children, one from her marriage to Brian Mobley. He was awarded joint custody of the girl in Sedgwick County, Kansas, when the couple divorced and his ex-wife didn’t have permission to leave with the children.

Prosecutors say she allowed Brian Mobley to talk to the child via cell phones and the Skype application until 2016, but demanded money before he could see her. The child still has not returned to the U.S.

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