Since 2004, Miller has violated repeated orders to permit visitation by her ex-partner Janet Jenkins. First, Miller sought refuge in Virginia from Vermont’s family court system, which has jurisdiction over her former union with Jenkins. When Virginia’s Supreme Court effectively ruled last year that Vermont has jurisdiction, Miller continued to violate court orders defending the visitation rights of Isabella and Janet.
Miller’s illegal activities left Vermont with no choice but to transfer custody to Jenkins, effective January 1. Then, it seems, Miller began plotting to go into hiding with Isabella — with the affirmation of Liberty Counsel attorney Rena Lindevaldsen and ex-gay activist Debbie Thurman. The latter pair’s Facebook group affirms the apparent kidnapping as a fundamentalist “Christian” act of “civil disobedience.”
A hearing will be held Friday in Vermont to discuss next steps.