Police charge mother with abducting children Her husband is accused of stealing automobile

January 18, 1996|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF

A Taneytown couple is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center, accused of abducting the woman's children and taking them to Las Vegas in a stolen car.

Theresa Marie Muhl, 33, has been charged with abducting her children from the custody of the Department of Social Services between Nov. 14 and Dec. 29 and hiding them out of state.

The Carnival Drive resident is being held in lieu of $25,000 full bail.

Her husband, Raymond Vernon Muhl Jr., 29, who faces car theft and related charges, is being held in lieu of $100,000 full bail.

The Muhls are scheduled for bail review hearings tomorrow.

The couple was returned to Maryland yesterday by state police after they were arrested by Las Vegas officers. The woman's daughter, 14, and son, 12, have been placed in foster care in Carroll County. According to authorities, Ms. Muhl left in the middle of a court hearing with the Department of Social Services in November, taking her two children.

The children, who have had no contact with their father in some years, were placed in foster care last year -- officials would not say why -- but were returned to their mother in October, with the stipulation that social services workers monitor the children's condition. She was ordered not to take the children out of state without permission, police said.

When authorities tried to find the woman late last year, they discovered she and her husband, her father-in-law's car and the children were missing, said Maryland State Police Tfc. William Corun.

This week, the couple was stopped in Las Vegas. Maryland State Police Tfc. Jason Merson said a check of the license tags of the car they were in revealed it was reported stolen.

Las Vegas Metro Police detained the man on a Maryland stolen-vehicle warrant, Trooper Merson said. The woman was later arrested and detained after Maryland issued a warrant in connection with the children's disappearance, Trooper Merson said.

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