ARTIC, Wash. – A woman who allegedly has spent years on the run with her twin 14-year-old daughters has been arrested and the girls safely recovered after the twins fled from authorities and hid overnight.
The Daily World reports that Sharie R. Ramsey, 49, has been charged with two counts of first-degree custodial interference for disappearing with her two daughters in violation of a court order. Grays Harbor Undersheriff Rick Scott told the newspaper that she had twice taken the twins and run, most recently from Port Angeles in 2009.
Ramsey made a preliminary appearance on the custodial interference charges in Grays Harbor District Court on Friday afternoon and was being held in the county jail on $100,000 bail.
According to court documents, a deputy contacted Ramsey Thursday at a house in the small town of Artic south of Aberdeen. As he waited for her to turn over the girls, they apparently escaped out an upstairs window. They hid overnight before being spotted trying to hitch a ride along Highway 101 Friday morning and taken into protective custody.
Court records say Ramsey originally took her daughters from their Midwest home and disappeared about 11 years ago. Their father reportedly spent 10 years searching for them, finally tracking them to Port Angeles last year when the mother sued for child support, the newspaper said.
A Clallam County Superior Court judge granted custody to the father, but court records say Ramsey allegedly fled again with the children in violation of a parenting plan.
Scott said the deputy went to the house Thursday to check out a tip that the Clallam County sheriff's office had received. The family was living under different names and the girls were being home-schooled, he said.
When the deputy spoke with Ramsey, she contested the Clallam County court order, but agreed to turn over the girls.
"Sharie advised that this was an ongoing issue with Clallam County and that they were being tortured by them," court documents say. "Sharie continued that the girls would not be taken care of and how terrible kids were treated in foster care."
Ramsey took the girls upstairs to pack, but the deputy became suspicious when he heard noises and Ramsey came back down alone. She told the deputy that the girls were no longer home.
"Sharie said she did not see anything or know they were leaving," the court documents say.
Authorities searched a nearby woods through the night but could not find the girls. The next morning, however, they were spotted hitchhiking along the highway south of Artic. A deputy in unmarked patrol car picked them up.