Man charged with taking son will return to Canada
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A man arrested in Montana after fleeing British
Columbia with his 3-year-old son has reversed himself and says he will willingly
return to Canada.
Robert Barnett initially requested extradition and bail hearings after he was
arrested on Nov. 16 for allegedly kidnapping Alvin Barnett during a supervised
Barnett was arrested in Whitefish after a resident there heard about an Amber
Alert issued for the boy.
The Great Falls Tribune reports Barnett faces charges in Canada of abduction
and theft of more than $5,000.
Barnett's attorney said during a hearing Tuesday that his client had reconsidered
his opposition to extradition.
Federal public defender Hank Branom says Barnett believes he has a legitimate
claim to his child's custody and the matter must be resolved in Canada.