Officials say four Virginia children abducted by their mother may be in danger. The case started in June when 34-year-old Melody Bannister told authorities the children were being abused by their father. They ultimately found no basis for the allegations.
Bannister then took the children on a vacation to Alabama, but never returned. In July, the father was granted sole custody of the children. Bannister tried to have the courts in Alabama giver her custody, but they denied and ordered her to return the children to their father in Virginia.
She then fled. Authorities say there have been reports of sightings everywhere from Texas to Wisconsin. We even had reports of sightings in Knoxville and Maryville. Officials say recent developments have led them to believe the children may be in danger. The children’s ages are 13, 12, 11 and 7.
Bannister is facing charges of Felony Violation of a Court Order, plus misdemeanors of Abduction and Filing a False Report.