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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
Missouri law prohibits restraining someone without their consent, but for purposes of the kidnapping statute, a person is deemed capable of consenting at the age of 14. Missouri Stat., Section(###) ###-####/a>. You can, however, ask that they be charged with interference with custody. Taking a child out of state to hide him from the parents is a Class D felony. Missouri Stat., Section 565.01450. You have the ability to call the police again, ask to speak to a superior officer, and tell them that you want to file a report and have them charged.
If police can't or won't help, then the option is to file a lawsuit against the other parents for false imprisonment and ask a judge for a temporary injunction that will require them to return your son to you until the case is heard - or they'll go to jail. Violating a court order that requires a certain action is contempt of court, and the judge would have the authority to make the parent sit in jail until your son turns 18 or until they send him home.
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