The parents of a 5-year-old Kansas girl who was allegedly abducted by her parents and held captive for two weeks have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. district court for Kansas, claiming they were “treated like criminals” and “violated” by their daughter’s kidnappers.
Jack Quaid, the mother of the girl, said Friday that she and her husband, Josh Quaid of Oklahoma City, had been subjected to threats, harassment and “harassment” from the Quaids, who allegedly abducted their daughter, Sakura, at their home in March.
The Quaid family filed the lawsuit Friday in the federal court for the southern district of Oklahoma, where the girl is being held by the FBI.
Sakura Quaid’s parents filed a separate lawsuit last week alleging that the family’s home was broken into in March and that her belongings were stolen, but they did not disclose the details of the case.
“Our house was burglarized, the door was broken, the front window was broken,” Jack Quaid told The Associated Press in an interview Friday.
“[The Quaid brothers] took my daughter away from me, and then they took her back to Kansas.
They took her to a home in Oklahoma and held her for two and a half weeks.
They made us look like criminals.
They said they were going to kill me if I told anyone.
I had to take my daughter to an elementary school.
I have to take care of my daughter.
They’ve made us feel like criminals, and they’ve made me feel like a criminal.
It’s really hard for us to believe that they did it.
[Sakura’s] parents are trying to fight these things out in court, but that’s a fight that we are fighting.”
The Quays filed their lawsuit in federal court on March 3, alleging that a state law requiring a parent to report missing children violates the Fourth Amendment of the U-S Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The lawsuit says that the Quays were not told about the case before it went public and that they never heard from the girl’s parents or other relatives about the kidnapping until after she was taken.
The family says the kidnapping took place after their daughter was taken, but authorities have not explained why they believe that.
The Quames say they are “extremely distressed” by the kidnapping and the abuse the parents allegedly subjected their daughter to.
Their daughter was a bright and cheerful child who loved to play with her brothers, the Quames said.
They also say they were not allowed to see their daughter in person for two days before her parents took her from them.
“It’s just crazy,” Jack said.
“We’re so confused about how it happened.”
The parents have not filed a formal lawsuit in Kansas, where they live, but their lawyer, Stephen DeBartolo, said the case has been forwarded to a state attorney general for a possible criminal investigation.
The state attorney has not responded to requests for comment.