A woman has been charged with kidnapping after police said she gave her four daughters from their father’s home in South Jordan and then drove to California, leading to an Amber Alert being issued in Utah early Sunday.
Allison Brimhall, 39, who was overseeing the children in June, was charged Monday with four counts of child abduction, a first-degree felony. The four girls, aged between 9 and 12, were found safe with Brimhall on Sunday at a home near San Diego, where police said she was believed to be living. The girls’ father, Kevin Brimhall, has full temporary rights over the children.
In June, when the four girls were placed with their father, a caseworker for Children and Family Services said Allison Brimhall had made comments about harming her daughters in the past. . “If I can’t have my girls, I’ll drive off a cliff with them in the car,” Brimhall said, according to the officer in charge, the charging document.
At around 9 a.m. Saturday, Kevin Brimhall told his daughters he was going back to bed because he was not feeling well, according to court documents. When a knock on his door awoke him at around 11:45 a.m., Brimhall discovered his daughters were not in the house, and noticed that they had left without their winter coats and boots on.
Outside, he found bare footprints in the snow, walking away from his house.
Officers said an initial report was filed by Kevin Brimhall at 3pm on Saturday. He told police the girls had been missing since 10:45am but he initially tried to track them down on his own.
The state has asked Allison Brimhall, who is currently being held in California, not to be released on bail until further notice, arguing that she is a danger to others and is likely to flee if released. Children and Family Services said it had “serious concerns” about Brimhall’s mental well-being.
https://www.sltrib.com/news/2021/12/14/mother-charged-with/ Mother accused of kidnapping her daughter, causing Utah Amber Alert