January 6, 2020 – News of the arrest of Cynthia Abcug is making the rounds with the predictable result of a rush to judgment before having all the facts. I wanted to address the story and what we do and do not know so far. I have included the links to the articles I was able to find, as well as the police report. I have also included some information about parental kidnapping statistics.
Patrick Howley reported this story for Big League Politics back in July 2019. Cynthia Abcug had many interviews on YouTube channels and had been seeking a wider audience to publicize and discuss her case. The Howley article dated July 15, 2019, was entitled ‘Mother: I Found My Stolen Child in the CPS System, They Are Quietly Taking Him To Florida’ and claims:
Cynthia Abcug, whose autistic son Michael was taken from her by Child Protective Services (CPS) has not spoken to her son in 60 days. She has no idea where Michael is, or who has him. Abcug was accused of possibly mis-diagnosing Michael with autism — rendering Michael another victim of CPS’ targeting of potentially autistic children.
A tipster told Abcug that she was given the wrong case number for her son. By searching with the correct case number, Abcug said that she found a judge’s authorization for young Michael to be taken to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida from August 3-10. Abcug is concerned that Michael could be human-trafficked, or suffer seizures in the Florida heat. Abcug’s lawyer has fired off a response to the travel motion to Douglas County District Court in Colorado contesting the child’s authorization to travel out of state. Follow Cynthia’s plight. – Big League Politics
Here is a link to her social media account on Twitter.
Cynthia is one of many parents who claim to be having problems with the child protective services in America. She had appeared as a guest on many channels and programs trying to get her story out about her alleged battle with the legal system. She claimed to have an attorney assisting her with her CPS case.
Q2 Montana News reported the arrest in a December 31 article entitled ‘Colorado Woman Arrested in Montana on Kidnapping Charge.’
Cynthia Abcug of Colorado was arrested north of Kalispell on Monday on a felony second-degree kidnapping charge.
Officers with the Kalispell Police Department, assisted by an FBI agent, arrested Abcug off of U.S. Highway 93 north of Kalispell at 3 p.m.
Kalispell Police Chief Doug Overman said the FBI tipped off the department that Abcug was in the area.
Police then watched her vehicle and pulled Abcug over in a safe location.
Abcug was taken to the Flathead County jail and is being held on a $250,000 bond from Douglas County, Colorado.
Overman said the child at the center of the kidnapping charge was not with Abcug when they stopped her. One male was detained, but was released on scene. – MTN News
It is not known yet who this one male who was accompanying her. Here is the police report:
It should be noted again, these are simply the allegations about her that have been made by the arresting authorities. We still do not yet know all the details. However, if indeed she was planning some type of raid, this is something we are strongly against. We advocate for using the legal system to effect change. We explicitly state that we DO NOT support any kind of vigilante justice.
It would appear she had gone on the Field McConnell program and had been speaking to him. Field McConnell himself is currently in jail allegedly for stalking. It is very possible that this was a desperate parent who was being manipulated by people online who should know better. Here is an image from the appearance on McConnell’s Program. I cannot find the clip anymore.
From what I can piece together Cynthia was not really even much of a “QAnon” supporter. Rather she is a parent who had a child taken from her and was desperate for help and some of the only people willing to even listen to her story were Q supporters and/or followers. Also involved is Field McConnell, a name familiar to anyone who’s been around the “truther” community. His involvement further complicates this matter, because he’s a polarizing figure known for making bold claims which are not always well sourced. There are some who see McConnell’s attempts to insert himself into the Q community in an effort to discredit the movement, much like the attempts by the Ramtha Cult or Jerome Corsi to co-opt the movement.
Will Sommer of the Daily Beast wrote what I can only describe as a hit piece aimed at attempting to tie this case directly to the QAnon community. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really cite any facts or evidence and relies generally on assumptions, presuppositions and cherry-picked ‘information.’ In the article, even large portions of the timeline of events remain unaddressed. What happened during those periods? Who are these other so-called ‘QAnon supporters’ with whom she allegedly may have been planning? What actual evidence is available to prove said claims?
No one I have met that either reads or researches the Q posts engages in any kind of illegal or unlawful activity, nor would they advise anyone else to do so. Anyone can claim to be a ‘QAnon supporter.’ Furthermore, it is estimated that 10% of the American public think QAnon is a good thing. That computes to 30 million people. There are bound to be a few bad apples or legitimately unstable people within that sub-set.
I was able to find another article by the Flathead Beacon about the arrest but without much more information:
A Colorado woman accused of kidnapping was arrested in Kalispell on Dec. 30.
According to a press release from the Kalispell Police Department, Cynthia Abcug was wanted for felony second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy in Douglas County, Colorado.
The Kalispell Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation received a tip that Abcug was in Kalispell and pulled her over on U.S. Highway 93 north of town. Abcug was taken into custody and is currently behind bars at the Flathead County Detention Center.
According to redacted charging documents from Douglas County, Abcug and an unidentified male planned to kidnap a child in October. Prosecutors state that Abcug had weapons and had been going to a gun range to practice shooting to prepare for what she described as a ‘raid’ to get the minor. – Flathead Beacon
Another article I was also able to find on Discuss Global appears to have some more information about the case and ties Cynthia to the so-called sovereign citizen movement. ‘Sovereign citizen’ is a phrase I believe to be an oxymoron. The article claims:
Abcug is well-known amongst several groups of sovereign citizens who often get involved in CPS and other criminal cases while pushing nonsensical legal advice on anyone that will listen. She is accused of Munchausen by Proxy but her supporters claim her child was ‘medically kidnapped,’ similar to supporters of Melissa Diegel in Arizona.
Diegel is accused of causing physical symptoms to her two daughters which caused them to receive unnecessary medical procedures from 2011 to 2013. She was arrested in Florida and extradited back to Arizona earlier this year. Just to give an example of what her supporters believe, family activist Malinda Sherwyn entered an Amicus motion on behalf of Diegel that claimed she was arrested because she was too close to exposing the ‘Secret Handshake Club.’
According to Sherwyn, those in the Secret Handshake Club ‘usually have a suitcase full of money in their car and nobody knows where it came from.’ Sherwyn is one of many that seem to believe Diegel is going to be killed in order to protect these conspiracy-based secrets. – Discuss
The article then includes these court documents regarding this Diegel individual:
The article continues:
Both Diegel and Abcug share similar supporters that choose to follow conspiracies over fact. One of those supporters is Field McConnell, who some social media users claim aided Abcug in the plan to conduct her ‘raid’ to get her child back. McConnell is currently in jail in Wisconsin awaiting extradition to Broward County, Florida for threats towards Florida-based attorney Kim Picazio. Arrest records show McConnell was arrested in Plum City, Wisconsin on November 4.
McConnell began threatening Picazio due to a conspiracy started by wanted fugitive Timothy Holmseth. Holmseth is running from serious legal charges related to harassing and threatening Picazio for years due to an evidenceless conspiracy he concocted accusing the attorney of being a Satanic child trafficker with ties to Ukraine. Court records show that last year Holmseth had violated a final judgment of injunction over 320 times in the period of a year. – Discuss
Unfortunately there are scammers and criminals that seek to infiltrate movements, then capitalize on the ignorance, goodwill and naivete of most people, generally. It is important that we call out those people who offer legal advice when they are not qualified to do so. Only lawyers can give legal counsel according to standards set by the Bar Association and individuals attempting to market or profit off such “advice” can and should be prosecuted.
There are others in the broader ‘truther’ community claiming to be former military or former government who also make outlandish claims they cannot back up with evidence. Typically the claims are limited; 70% of the information they offer will be open source, correct and verifiable, while the other 30% has no sourcing that can verify its authenticity. These people often claim to be ‘in the know’ and cite their ‘connections’ that only they can confirm.
I cannot find any evidence thus far that connects Cynthia Abcug to Melissa Diegel. I can say that in family law and child custody cases, parental kidnapping is not uncommon. According to an article for Parents.com:
Every 40 seconds in the United States, a child becomes missing or is abducted.
At the end of 2017, the Bureau’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Persons File contained more than 32,000 records of children under the age of 18.
Based on the identity of the perpetrator, there are three distinct types of kidnapping: kidnapping by a relative of the victim or ‘family kidnapping’ (49 percent), kidnapping by an acquaintance of the victim or ‘acquaintance kidnapping’ (27 percent), and kidnapping by a stranger to the victim or ‘stranger kidnapping’ (24 percent).
Family kidnapping is committed primarily by parents, involves a larger percentage of female perpetrators (43 percent) than other types of kidnapping offenses, occurs more frequently to children under 6, equally victimizes juveniles of both sexes, and most often originates in the home.
Acquaintance kidnapping involves a comparatively high percentage of juvenile perpetrators, has the largest percentage of female and teenage victims, is more often associated with other crimes (especially sexual and physical assault), occurs at homes and residences, and has the highest percentage of injured victims. – Parents.com
We can see that family kidnapping is primarily committed by parents and typically involves female perpetrators. For more information on child custody and family law statistics please see the article that is linked over at Parents.com.
It’s possible Cynthia did suffer from some kind of mental illness, and its also possible that people she communicated with online exacerbated that illness. We just don’t know yet. It is also possible that she knew exactly what she was doing.
In conclusion, this is a daily phenomenon, all too common in America. We need to wait for the rest of the facts of the case to be established before we rush to judgment.
This story is still developing. Please check back for updates.