Child Returned to Father in Eugene Custodial Interference Case
At approximately 6 p.m. Sunday evening, Eugene Police officers responded to a report of a child custody issue at Monroe Street park in Eugene.
Investigation by EPD officers revealed a 10-year-old boy was in the custody of his mother, Stephanie Johnston, 28, against a court order for the last few years. Officers believe the boy has never attended school and is reported to be illiterate.
The father of the boy, Brian Wolfe, 32, has a court order awarding him full custody, with Johnston not being granted any parenting time. Police made contact with the boy, after which several acquaintances of the boy and his mother began telling the boy to run from police and his father.
After a brief foot chase during which the boy bit one of the officers on the hand, officers took custody of the boy and returned him to Wolfe. The officer whose hand was bit received a very minor injury, according to a press release from EPD.
No charges are being filed at this time, and the case is being referred to Lane County District Attorney’s Office. The involved parties were contacted by Department of Human Services and plan an extensive follow-up of the situation.
A citizen, Brad Cosby, shared video of the incident on his Facebook page, during which the boy apparently bites the officer and appears to be subsequently slapped by the officer, which can be watched here. WARNING: The video contains offensive and inappropriate language and may not be suitable for some viewers.
Lane Today contacted Melinda McLaughlin, Public Information Director for Eugene Police Department. McLaughlin did not comment further on the case, other than to reiterate the information provided in the original press release to Lane Today.
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