Mom accused of kidnapping missing Missouri kids found at Florida supermarket pleads not guilty

The mother who was found in a Florida supermarket with her two children who she allegedly kidnapped last year.

Christy Nicole Galley, 36, was arrested on February 1 at the One Dixie store in High Springs, Florida on an active kidnapping warrant from Clay County, Missouri.

Her attorney, Maurice McDaniel, submitted a written plea of ​​not guilty to all charges, according to court documents filed with the Alachua County Clerk. Christy Gilley is being held without bail in the Alachua County Jail pending extradition to Missouri.

Christy Gilley and her children, 11-year-old Brooke and 12-year-old Adrian, were found at a Winn-Dixie store after police in High Springs ran a routine tag check on her vehicle and discovered she was a runaway.

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Christy Nicole Gilley, 36, was arrested on an active kidnapping warrant out of Clay County, Missouri. (High Springs Police Department)

Officers found Christy Gilley and the children shopping in the store. According to the police, the three hid their identities. No details were immediately provided on how he disguised himself.

Investigators learned that children were allegedly kept out of school during that time.

“These children and their abductor were passing through the area and did not have any residential ties to or school attendance in Alachua County, Florida,” High Springs police said in a statement Monday. “

Brooke, 11, and her 12-year-old brother, Adrian Gilley, were safe in High Springs, Florida, police said.

Brooke, 11, and her 12-year-old brother, Adrian Gilley, were safe in High Springs, Florida, police said. (Liberty Police Department)

According to a probable cause statement from Clay County, Missouri, Christy Gilley is charged with parental kidnapping after skipping an April 14 court appearance in a custody dispute with the children’s father, Blake Gilley, and leaving her with her two children. .

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Blake Gilley was awarded sole custody of the children after Christy Gilley failed to appear in court, the document said. The couple had previously entered into a joint custody agreement out of Randall County, Texas, on April 14.

“Kristy has been making it difficult for Blake to see or talk to the children for a long time, and since 3/15/2022, she has refused to allow Blake to see or talk to the children,” the statement said. had done.”

After the children were located, police said they were turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families Services and will be reunited with their birth families.

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