Police are looking for a woman who bragged on her Facebook page about taking her children from their guardian and leaving the country, court papers show.
Cynthia Dawn Turner, 42, of Oklahoma City, was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court with making a harassing telephone call and violating a protective order by meeting her 9-year-old twins at a movie theater.
Turner is accused of threatening her mother, Cynthia Lee Payne, the children's legal guardian, over the phone, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Turner is on the run and thought to be hiding out in Eufaula, authorities said. She has two convictions for making harassing or threatening phone calls, and is charged in three additional cases with child stealing and telephone harassment, court records show.
Payne and her daughter have been at odds over custody of the children since their father died Dec. 9. Payne began receiving threatening phone calls from Turner after Scott Hartley died of a heart attack, according to court papers from one of Turner's pending cases.
Last month, Turner's adult daughter took the children, a boy and a girl, to a movie at Crossroads Mall. When they returned, Payne recovered a cellphone from one of the children that belonged to Turner, police reported.
The adult daughter told Payne she knew her mother was not allowed to be around the twins, but said Turner manipulated her into letting her see the children in the theater parking lot, a detective wrote in the affidavit.
Turner, the detective wrote, took photos of the children, including one in which they were holding stuffed toy pumpkins, and posted them on her Facebook page.
Detective Jeff Padgett saw a comment posted on the social media site by Turner in late August that said, “I'm going to steal them back this week and then we are going to canoe to the Seychelles,” a group of islands off the coast of Africa.
That post was later followed by another that said, “I can't go to prison if I'm in another country,” the detective reported.
Last month, Turner posted a photo of herself wearing a hat and sunglasses with a caption that reads, “Modern Day Kidnapper in Disguise,” Padgett wrote in the affidavit.
Turner was arrested Jan. 4 on an outstanding warrant when she appeared in court for a guardianship hearing. Turner's mother petitioned for temporary guardianship after the children's father died, saying she did not want the children returned to their mother, police said.
Following the hearing, the details of which were sealed, Turner was led away in handcuffs, crying.
“They wouldn't even listen to me,” she said.
When asked about messages she is accused of leaving on her mother's phone, Turner said, “Yeah, I cussed her out, but they took my kids and wouldn't tell me where they were.”