Mother back in jail in Amber Alert case
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | March 04,2014
BENNINGTON — A judge granted a request Monday from a bail bondsman to revoke the bail of a Manchester woman accused of taking her son out of Vermont and triggering the first Amber Alert in Vermont in decades.
Patricia Kane, 50, whose address is listed as Manchester in court records, was arraigned Jan. 31 in Bennington criminal court on felony counts of second-degree unlawful restraint and interference with the custody of someone younger than 18.
Police said Kane had taken her son, Zachary Lee, 12, from his foster home in Sunderland on Jan. 27. Based on the report of someone who recognized Lee and Kane from the Amber Alert, Kane was found at a hotel in Lyme, N.H., hours after the alert was issued.
There has been no allegation that Kane used force to take Lee or that she abused him physically while they traveled from Vermont to New Hampshire.
The hearing Monday was based on a motion filed by Jamie Zargo, owner of AAA Bail Bonds, in Brattleboro. The motion gave no information about why Zargo was requesting that his company be relieved of its obligation.
There was no argument about the motion. Judge David Howard simply told Bennington County Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Christina Rainville and Zargo, who was in court Monday, that he had granted the request.
Kane is due back in court Wednesday based on a motion to amend her conditions of release.
According to court records, she will be held at the Chittenden jail until then on $10,000 bail.
Kane’s case is unusual because it has played out over two continents. Local officials have been careful not to talk about the circumstances of the case in open court because they involve the kind of confidential information that is generally heard in family court.
However, Martha Lee, 18, said shortly after her mother was arrested that her brother was taken from the custody of Kane, who is the mother of Zachary and Martha, in France. According to Lee, the case started over a noise complaint.
All three family members are Americans but lived in France. Lee said her mother took her brother to the American embassy with the hope that American officials could help her regain custody of her son but said French officials believed it was an attempt to get Zachary onto American soil so Kane could flee the country with him.
In January, Lee said she had spoken to a few newspaper reporters because she wanted people to know that her mother had not abused Zachary. She said Zachary had willingly joined them and wanted to be reunited with his family.
Kane had some supervised visitation rights in America but none that would allow her to take Zachary without giving notice to state officials and leave the state with him.
Lee said it was her mother’s intent to find a place where she could get a “fair hearing” on the custody issue.
Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage, who served as prosecutor during Kane’s arraignment, said at the time that while Kane was providing a Manchester address, Marthage’s office had been in touch with that building’s owner and learned that Kane was no longer welcome there.