Hennepin County Attorney Web Site, September 23 2008
Holly Collins, formerly of Crystal, Minnesota, returned to Hennepin County District Court fourteen years after violating a court order for shared custody of her children with her ex-husband.
Collins left the country with the children, who are no longer minors, and said she returned to the USA now only because one of her adult children plans to work in Washington.
The ex-husband was not present for the court hearing, but a tearful Collins admitted being in violation of the court order but stood by her decision to take the children and flee the country.
Collins was given a 90-day stayed sentence, ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and placed on one year probation.