Woman who took child to Australia free from S. Carolina jail

AP News
Posted: May 19, 2015 9:32 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A woman has been freed from a South Carolina jail after completing her sentence for kidnapping her infant daughter and going to Australia 20 years ago.

Multiple media outlets report that 54-year-old Dorothy Lee Barnett, formerly of Isle of Palms, was released from the Charleston County jail late last week.

Barnett had been sentenced in February to 21 months in jail on charges of international parental kidnapping and falsifying two passport applications. She was given credit for the time served since her arrest in November 2013.

Benjamin Harris Todd III of Johns Island had custody of daughter Savanna when Barnett fled the country with her. The daughter asked for leniency when her mother was sentenced.

Prosecutors said Barnett used a fake birth certificate to get a driver's license and passport.