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Tulare County DA Investigators Find Children in Queens, Return Them to Dad



Criminal investigators Beatriz Nicholson, left, and Craig MacDonald returned the abducted children to their father. (Tulare County DA's Office)
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Two Tulare County children will spend Christmas with their father after they were found in Queens, New York, the Tulare County DA’s Office said in a news release.

The children, ages 4 and 6, were abducted by their mother, Chanel Pensotti. She took the children after Tulare County Superior Court Judge Tara James had granted sole legal and physical custody to the father.

They were located in Queens by Tulare County District Attorney’s Office investigators. The investigators were aided by the New York City Police Department and the Queens County DA’s Office in their search for the children and their mother.

The children were found unharmed and were reunited with their father at Los Angeles International Airport on Dec. 16.

About the Child Abduction Unit

The Tulare County DA’s Office team has recovered children from across the United States and Mexico, and as far away as New Zealand.

The recoveries only take place after a judge has issued an order for the child or children to be returned to the custodial guardian, the DA’s Office said.

If you have questions regarding abducted children, contact the Bureau of Investigations at (559) 636-5410.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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