He was in violation of a court order, Hernando sheriff’s deputies said. The children were found in Clearwater.
SPRING HILL – A Spring Hill man was arrested Friday (June 8) after he took his children from their mother in violation of a court order, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
The children were found in Clearwater, deputies said. They were not harmed.
Muharib Fahim Kursheed, 38, of Spring Hill, was charged with four counts of interference with child custody and five counts of violation of an injunction.
The incident began just before 10 a.m. when Kursheed went to a home in Spring Hill where his four children live with their mother. Deputies said Kursheed sat in his vehicle outside the home and waited for the children to come out. A short time later, when the children left the house, Kursheed took all four of them.
The children’s mother got into her vehicle and followed Kursheed but lost sight of him in the area of Waterfall Drive and Spring Hill Drive. She then called 9-1-1 to report the incident.
Deputies met with her and reviewed the court order, which said the mother was to have sole custody of all four children. It was noted on the court order that the father was not allowed contact with the children or their mother.
Major Case detectives were called in to investigate.
Sheriff’s detectives worked throughout the day trying to find Kursheed, his vehicle, and/or the children. The children’s mother said that Kursheed might try to leave the state and/or the country with the children, so several detectives were assigned to follow-up on and investigate various leads.
In addition to investigating leads within Hernando County, detectives said they worked with law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions, including the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Clearwater Police Department, ICE, and the FBI in an effort to find Kursheed.
About 6:30 p.m., officers from the Clearwater Police Department found Kursheed’s vehicle at the residence of one of Kursheed’s associates. Clearwater police arrested Kursheed. The children were found, unharmed, at the Clearwater house. Their mother came to Clearwater to pick them up.
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