Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008

3-year-old Boyds girl back with her father

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Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Police
Kaia Transeau
The mother who allegedly abducted her 3-year-old daughter last month is in police custody in California after a nationwide manhunt that tracked her from Silver Spring to New York to Santa Monica.

Ashley Elizabeth Duffy, 27, of Brooklyn was arrested Tuesday night and is being held without bond in a Los Angeles County jail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.

She faces two charges in Montgomery County — one count of ‘‘out-of-state child abduction from the lawful custodian” and one count of ‘‘out-of-state child detention from the lawful custodian,” Montgomery County police spokesman Lt. Paul Starks told The Gazette last week.

‘‘We don’t know if she’s going to be extradited; it’s up to Montgomery County detectives to decide,” said Michael Miller, a private investigator hired by the girl’s father, Brian Transeau of Boyds.

Attorneys for Duffy and Transeau had not returned calls for comment on Wednesday.

After nearly a month on the lam, Kaia Transeau, 3, has been reunited with her father. They are still in California, Miller said.

Transeau is a well-known producer, composer and electronic musician known as ‘‘BT” and has written the musical score to major motion pictures including ‘‘Monster” and ‘‘The Fast and the Furious,” according to his Web site.

Working from information provided by U.S. Marshals in Maryland and Los Angeles, private investigators found Duffy at a residence in Santa Monica.

Transeau was already in California, and went to the house Tuesday afternoon, Miller said, and Los Angeles County deputies arrived shortly after.

‘‘It was a three-hour ordeal, because she was trying to convince them that the warrant had been reversed,” he said. ‘‘...She was trying to come off very credible, like she was the victim.”

Transeau and his daughter are still in California, he said.

Transeau had last seen Duffy and his daughter on Dec. 17 at a hotel in a Silver Spring, where, at Duffy’s request, he had arranged a two-day visit at the Crown Plaza Hotel on Georgia Avenue, according to Montgomery County police. But when he returned to the hotel Dec. 19 to pick Kaia up, she and Duffy were gone.

Two days later, Transeau filed for emergency custody in Montgomery County Circuit Court. On Jan. 9, Judge Terrence J. McGann gave him sole custody and ordered ‘‘that any and all law enforcement authorities are authorized to use any and all reasonable means, including physical force,” according to a court database.

Within a week of the disappearance, airport officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport notified Transeau that Duffy and Kaia had been at the airport with tickets to Los Angeles that were never used.

Duffy has recently lived in New York and Los Angeles.