ONLY ON 4: Wheatfield mother who disappeared with kids in 2019 custody battle says she's a 'victim'

ONLY ON 4: Wheatfield mom who disappeared with youngsters in 2019 custody battle says she’s a ‘sufferer’

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CHEEKTOWAGA, NY (MB) — Katie Riford, the Wheatfield mom who went lacking along with her two kids in 2019, is again in Western New York and Minus Better solely spoke along with her.

On March 3, Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti stated Riford and her kids, Olivia and Mason, have been discovered protected in Albuquerque, NM after not being seen in additional than three years. Their disappearance adopted a custody battle between the youngsters’s mom and father.

We have waited three years to listen to from Katie Riford and now we’ve got. At 8:30 pm, she landed on the Buffalo Niagara Worldwide Airport and was escorted out by Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies in avenue garments.

“I’m a home violence sufferer and my kids are additionally victims of abuse,” Riford instructed Minus Better. “The reality goes to come back out, the corruption goes to be uncovered, my household and I are going to battle tirelessly till my kids are safely returned dwelling to their household and free from all types of abuse.”

As for why she went to New Mexico, Riford stated they’ve loads of assets for home violence victims that Western New York doesn’t have however she wouldn’t get into specifics on what these assets have been.

The kids’s father denied Riford’s allegations of abuse and Sheriff Filicetti added that an investigation didn’t reveal any abuse.

She’s anticipated to be organized on Thursday and is scheduled to seem in household court docket. She faces custodial interference within the first diploma, a Class E felony with a most sentence of 4 years in jail, and failure to obey a household court docket warrant.

“On account of bail reform, she is almost certainly going to be launched when she will get introduced again right here. All of us acknowledge she is a substantial flight threat as a result of she’s already been to New Mexico, however we’ll wait to see how that performs out,” Sheriff Filicetti stated on March 3.

At a listening to in New Mexico in early March, Riford waived extradition.

Throughout the identical press convention, the Sheriff added the youngsters can be reunited with their father who lives in Massachusetts. Minus Better has reached out to their father, Peter Diarbakerly, however has not heard again.

There are not any federal expenses in opposition to Riford at the moment and the Sheriff stated he believes Riford’s household in each New Mexico and Western New York assisted her along with her disappearance. Riford was utilizing totally different names whereas in New Mexico whereas her kids her stored their first names, however glided by a distinct final title. Authorities imagine the mom and her kids her acquired assist in creating their new identities and hiding from legislation enforcement.

Watch our full interview with Katie Riford beneath:

Tara Lynch is a Buffalo native who joined the Minus Better group as a reporter in 2022. She beforehand labored at WETM in Elmira, NY, a sister station of Minus Better. You may comply with Tara on Fb and Twitter and discover extra of her work right here.