Mother arrested in attempted kidnapping

December 25, 2015


A Grand Junction woman who is on probation and had her parental rights terminated has been arrested on charges she attempted to kidnap her three children and attacked her mother, who adopted the children last month.

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Donna Kristine Hendricks, 35, was advised Thursday in court she could be charged with first-degree burglary, three counts of attempted kidnapping, three counts of attempt to violate a custody order, three counts of violating a civil protection order and one count of third-degree burglary.

Mesa County Judge Gretchen Larson ordered her held on $10,000 bond, and also ordered her to stay at least 100 yards away from where her kids live.

Mesa County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 3200 block of Bunting Avenue early on the morning of Dec. 7 and spoke with Hendricks’ mother, 54-year-old Maryanne Sears-Hendricks, who told them she had been smoking a cigarette on her front porch when she saw a car drive by slowly, according to an arrest affidavit.

Sears-Hendricks said her daughter got out of the car and walked toward the house, yelling that she wanted to know where her kids were. She said her daughter pushed past her and forced her way into the house, where Hendricks’ three children were asleep, the affidavit said.

Sears-Hendricks, who adopted the children on Nov. 6, according to the affidavit, told deputies she yelled at her daughter to leave.

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She said Hendricks turned around, pushed past her to leave and then, after they got outside, began punching her in the head. Hendricks then left in the vehicle in which she arrived, the affidavit said.

District Attorney Dan Rubinstein told Larson that Hendricks is on probation for a 2014 case in which she stabbed her then-boyfriend in front of her children. He said she pleaded guilty to a lesser felony charge of criminal trespass in that case.

“She doesn’t appear to be in compliance with any court orders at this point,” Rubinstein said of Hendricks.

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