Alleged kidnapper tells judge she’s CIA agent
August 10, 2011
A woman accused of abducting a 4-year-old boy from an Atascadero homeless shelter told a judge during a video-conference arraignment Tuesday that she was “guilty with an explanation.” [The Tribune]
Annette Hale, 52, spoke to Judge John Trice from County Jail through a video feed at San Luis Obispo Superior Court, informing him that she was a “CIA agent” who was trying to protect the boy from his mother.
Hale is accused of kidnapping Jeremy Guthrie from the El Camino Homeless Organization, a shelter in Atascadero, early Friday morning. Police later found the boy after receiving a tip, a call believe to have been made by Hale herself, that he was at a vacant car dealership.
He was returned unharmed to his mother.
Hale, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, is charged with one felony count of kidnapping and one felony count of child endangerment. She’s scheduled to be arraigned in person in Trice’s court today at 8:30 a.m.