Girl Jailed For Refusing To Visit Dad
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) _ A 12-year-old girl at the center of a bitter divorce was jailed overnight for refusing a court order that she and her sister make a monthlong visit to their father in North Carolina.
After spending the night in juvenile detention at a county jail, Heidi Nussbaum was released Tuesday pending her appeal of the contempt of court citation.
Judge Ludwig Kuhar had ordered Heidi jailed indefinitely on Monday. He also found her 8-year-old sister, Rachel, in contempt, but ordered her to stay home because she is too young for detention.
The girls’ mother, Kathy Marshall, sued last year to prevent them from going on a summer visit with their father, Sheldon Nussbaum, of Charlotte, N.C. The parents divorced in 1993.
The lawsuit contended the girls had been told by their father on previous visits that Marshall was ``wicked″ and ``deserved to die.″ A judge in North Carolina rejected those arguments, and Kuhar accepted that ruling.
Kuhar ordered the girls taken into the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services for one night last week when they did not immediately appear in court.
He declined comment, saying the case is pending.
Sheldon Nussbaum also declined comment, saying only: ``It’s sad, a sad situation.″