Fugitive mom captured in Stockton


STOCKTON — A woman who allegedly absconded with a child from West Virginia has been captured in Chautauqua County, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Adrienne Grace Marean, 35, was taken into custody Thursday. The child, 11-month-old Iris Chidester, was recovered safely.

Marean was captured by a group which included members of the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force, the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, state police and Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies.

“This case led investigators to numerous states and even into Canada,” said Acting U.S. Marshal Terry Moore in a statement. “The safe recovery of this child is a direct result of non-stop investigative efforts coupled with the interstate collaboration of federal, state and local authorities.”

An arrest warrant was issued for Marean for felony concealment of a child on March 7, after she allegedly failed to turn Chidester over to the latter’s father as required by a court order.

The Bridgeport Police Department in West Virginia then requested help from the U.S. Marshals Mountain State Fugitive Task Force.

Deputy U.S. Marshals, along with state and local counterparts, tracked down numerous leads through multiple states. It was believed Marean was in Western New York, including potentially the Dunkirk, Fredonia and Webster areas.

Officials did not elaborate further on Marean’s status, which was not known as of press time Friday evening.

The U.S. Marshals Service has recovered more than 2,300 missing children since 2015. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 enhanced the U.S. Marshals’ authority to assist federal, state and local law enforcement with the recovery of missing, endangered or abducted children, regardless of whether a fugitive or sex offender was involved. The Marshals established a Missing Child Unit to oversee and manage the implementation of its enhanced authority under the act. Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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