HOLLAND, Mich.—A Holland woman has been arrested in Colorado after leaving the state with her two children in July.
Holland Police told FOX 17 NEWS that Wendi Sue Carpenter was taken into custody Friday morning in Colorado Springs, Colo. The children -- 11-year-old Luke Carpenter and 10-year-old Cambria Carpenter -- were with her, safe, and have been turned over to their father, who has primary custody.
Wendi Carpenter was arrested and released on bond. A court appearance has been scheduled for Aug. 30 in Holland where she will be arraigned on two counts of custodial interference, more commonly known as parental kidnapping.
On July 26, Wendi Sue Carpenter failed to return the children at the Holland Department of Public Safety building for a custody exchange.
Her current husband, Andrew Goulet, said the following day that his wife was concerned for her kids safety in the hands of their father, Eric Carpenter, in Colorado Springs. Holland Police added that Wendi had made several allegations over the years and none had been substantiated.
“It’s not her intention to hurt them in any way," said Goulet.
Eric Carpenter told FOX 17 NEWS that he would never harm his kids mentally or physically.
Wendi Carpenter had the kids for visitation during the summer, per court order, she was supposed to return the kids to their father on Tuesday, July 26, at the Holland Department of Public Safety building.
Carpenter never showed up. Officers began to investigate and believed she had fled the state with the two kids.
"I can’t imagine what they’re going through emotionally right now," said Goulet.
All were last seen in Holland at Goulet and Carpenter's home in the 300 block of Pine Avenue around 8 a.m. July 26.
They left in Carpenter's car, a 2006 Toyota Highlander. However, police say that vehicle has since been located in western Missouri. They may possibly have left that area in a dark colored SUV.
The Ottawa County Prosecutors office reviewed the report and has authorized a warrant for Wendi Carpenter for custodial interference.
Holland Public Safety made a request to the FBI for their assistance in the case. FBI agents in Grand Rapids then obtained a federal warrant for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution for Wendi Sue Carpenter.
Detectives with the Holland Department of Public safety continued the investigation and followed up on all possible leads as to the whereabouts of the children.