Judge grants requests of kidnapping suspect

August 13, 2008 3:58:17 PM PDT
A judge on Tuesday granted two requests for the woman charged with kidnapping five Hurricane Katrina evacuee children she took in to her home. Rhonda Tavey appeared in court Monday as part of her bond conditions. One condition was to hand over paperwork, so the five young children could register to attend school in New Orleans.

"She turned in the required documents pertaining to the Alphonse children, did everything the judges told her to do, and then she was granted a brief day visit to go with her daughters, travel with her daughters to college to help them get moved in then she'll return the following day," said Todd Ward,

The judge also waived a fee for the ankle monitor Tavey must wear while out on $50,000 bond for five counts of kidnapping.

Yesterday, Tavey filed a petition for custody of the children, claiming physical abuse and drug abuse by their mother, Erica Alphonse, and neglect.

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