Acushnet Police Arrest Couple for Failure to Surrender Child
ACUSHNET — Two people have been arrested on out-of-state warrants after allegedly failing to surrender custody of their one-year-old son to state officials in Vermont.
Acushnet Police say that this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m., two individuals were taken into custody on Mallory Street on out-of-state warrants related to their failure to surrender custody of the child to the State of Vermont Department of Children and Families pursuant to a Vermont court order.
According to police, the father had made past threats to shoot anyone who tried to take his son under the circumstances. The parents originally fled with the child from Vermont to New Hampshire before coming to a family member’s home in Acushnet.
The couple – 42-year-old David Wambolt of 424 Whipple Road in Richmond, New Hampshire, and 31-year-old Sarah Leonard of 851 West Swanzey Road in Swanzey, New Hampshire – was arrested without incident.
Both are charged with being a fugitive from justice on a court warrant. They were transported to New Bedford District Court for arraignment. The child was unharmed and transferred to the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
Police say members of the Acushnet Police Department worked with the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section as well as both the Vermont and New Hampshire State Police to locate the parties and effect the arrests.
Police say no further information will be released.