Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 13, 2013

Missing Antrim teen found with mother in Kansas

BY ANGIE JACKSON
ajackson@record-eagle.com

---- — ELMIRA — A woman who authorities said kidnapped her daughter from Antrim County and fled to Kansas awaits extradition to Michigan on a felony charge.

Jennifer Spicer, 41, picked up her daughter, Abigail Alexander, now 16, from a foster home in Elmira in November. She was supposed to return her that day, but did not do so.

Alexander was considered a missing and endangered person because authorities' attempts to contact Spicer were unsuccessful.

"We assumed she was still in the area, and then all a sudden this weekend all this kind of opened up," Antrim County Sheriff Daniel Bean said.

Spicer called Butler County sheriff's officials in Kansas after she saw a missing person poster of her daughter in a Walmart. Deputies investigated and found Alexander and another daughter, Tabitha Alexander, also a minor, in Spicer's care.

Both children were taken into protective custody. The Department of Human Services will transport them to Michigan, Bean said.

"It seemed like the mom kept them safe, but obviously there's something wrong if they were in foster care. I don't know those details," Bean said.

Spicer is charged with kidnapping-custodial interference out of Antrim County. The offense carries a maximum punishment of one year and one day imprisonment and a $2,000 fine.