Missing boys reunite with heartbroken mother/ Nancy Grace
The fugitive father of two missing New Jersey brothers has been located and apprehended
Missing since February 5, Parker and Jaxon Dohm were found safe at a motel in New Port Richey, Florida, with their father
At the time of his arrest, Kristopher Dohm was in the company of Edward William Tarras, who was on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s ‘Top Ten Most Wanted’ list
On Wednesday night, New Jersey father Kristopher Dohm, 36, was located and arrested at a motel in New Port Richey, Florida, on charges related to the alleged abduction of his two sons, Parker, 8, and Jaxon, 7, in February.
The last time Sandra Hughes Dohm spoke to her children was Thursday, February 6. She told HLN’s Nancy Grace, “My ex-husband Kristopher was taking them on a trip to Nevada to see their grandparents and he was supposed to fly back with them on Monday and he never showed up with them.” The Dohms had an amicable divorce in 2012 and have shared custody of Parker and Jaxon.
Sandra said, “I was very surprised, not expecting this from him at all. Apparently, my perception of our good relationship was different than his.” The heartbroken mother took to social media to plead for any help in finding her children and ex-husband, a plea which was finally answered.
Kristopher Dohm was arrested on March 18 for interference with custody and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The boys were held with child protection investigators until their mother arrived, according to the Sussex County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office.
At the time of his arrest, Kristopher Dohm was in the company of Edward William Tarras, 39, a fugitive who had been on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s “Top Ten Most Wanted” list since last August; Tarras has been charged with multiple sex crimes in that state.
According to a press release from Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch, Tarras was charged by the Smyrna, Tennessee, Police Department with one count of rape, two counts of sexual battery, 19 counts of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor over 100 times. It is alleged that on August 15, 2014, Tarras cut off his tracking bracelet and fled Tennessee.
Both Dohm and Tarras are currently in custody at the Pasco County Jail; Parker and Jaxon were apparently unharmed and have been reunited with their mother. It is unclear whether Dohm or Tarras has obtained an attorney, and calls to the Pasco County Public Defender’s Office have not been returned.
The 40-day investigation ending with the safe return of Jaxon and Parker Dohm included the help of the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hopatcong Police Department, the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit and Child Abduction Response Team, and several offices of the United States Marshals Service.
In the press release, Prosecutor Francis Koch said they were also assisted by the local, state and national media by assuring that information about Parker and Jaxon was disseminated to the public to assist in gaining tips and leads. Koch asked HLN to “please tell Ms. Grace thank you for taking on the cause and the importance of it, for staying on it and getting the word out. Thank you.”