No kidnapping charges for Houston woman

October 14, 2008 11:04:57 AM PDT
A grand jury has decided not to indict a woman accused of kidnapping five children.In August, Rhonda Tavey, 44, was accused of taking five children who were not hers and refusing to give them back to their mother. She says it's not kidnapping at all, but a case of abandonment.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Tavey opened up her home to the five children and their mother, Erica Alfonse. Alfonse had said Tavey took her children to north Texas and didn't allow her access. An Amber Alert was issued for the siblings, but it was dropped when Tavey and the children were located in Houston.

Today, Tavey was no-billed by the grand jury on all five kidnapping charges.

The district attorney's office issued the following statement:

    "Rhonda Tavey was charged with kidnapping based on the evidence presented at the time the charges were filed. After a thorough investigation, the case was presented in its entirety to a grand jury, and that grand jury today no-billed the defendant on all charges. We respect the decision of the grand jury and continue in our pursuit of justice."

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