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Prosecutors seek warrant for missing Eugene woman.

Byline: Jack Moran The Register-Guard

Lane County prosecutors have asked a judge to sign an arrest warrant for a Eugene woman who has allegedly kept her young daughter from the girl's father for the past month, in violation of a court order.

The request for a warrant was made after prosecutors on Tuesday filed a felony charge of second-degree custodial interference against the woman, Deanna Denise Lane, 40.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Patty Perlow said authorities "have not been able to confirm (Lane's) whereabouts."

Lane has sole legal custody of her daughter, Fela Colbert, who turns 5 on April 5. But a judge in 2011 ruled the girl would spend every other week with her father, Cottage Grove resident Steve Colbert.

Colbert notified Eugene police on Feb. 3 that Lane and his daughter had not shown up at the Eugene Public Library, where the girl's parents had been meeting for the weekly exchange.

Colbert, 44, said he drove from the library to Lane's rental home in the 2300 block of West 19th Place and found she had moved out.

Colbert said he suspects Lane may have left Oregon with Fela. Lane has family in New York and New Jersey, and ties to Washington state, he said.

Lane also tried to move with the girl to San Francisco in 2011, an effort that Judge Mustafa Kasubhai blocked because he wanted Fela to have equal access to both parents, court records show.

Colbert, who works at a local nursery, said he is distraught and concerned that his daughter could be in danger.

"I am very worried about Fela's welfare, and I'm trying to do all that I can to get my child back," Colbert said. "I appreciate that authorities are taking it seriously."

Colbert said he and Lane split up when Fela was two years old. He said that since then, Lane has "generally stuck to the parenting plan" but opposed a joint custody arrangement. Under Oregon law, a judge may only order joint custody when both of a child's parents agree to it.

A custody hearing in the case is scheduled for March 18. A judge has ordered Lane to appear, but Colbert said he does not expect that to happen. Colbert is asking a judge to find Lane in contempt of court and award him sole custody of the child.


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Title Annotation:Courts; Deanna Lane is accused of violating a judge's custody arrangement
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 9, 2013
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