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Dad violates custody order, flees to Thailand with child

38-year old Samuel Lee Horton was arrested and brought back to the United States after FBI investigators discovered that he had fled to Phuket, Thailand with his 3-year old daughter.

Horton and his wife are divorced and have a son and daughter together.  Horton was granted visitation rights, but denied custody rights of his children after the divorce.  Last year, Horton forged his wife's signature in order to obtain a passport for his young daughter before fleeing to Thailand with her.  Horton had told his wife we was taking their daughter to Disney World.  Horton had a job and had enrolled the girl in school in Thailand.

Horton has already plead guilty to the charge of falsifying a document and will face a charge of violating a custody order in federal court.  Horton faces up to ten years in prison for the charges.

If you or someone you know is fighting for their child custody rights, contact the Raleigh child custody lawyers of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 to learn more about your rights.