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Prosecutors drop case against woman who fled with child

A video billboard featuring fugitives wanted by the

A video billboard featuring fugitives wanted by the FBI is unveiled in New York's Times Square. The billboard will air pictures of fugitives and missing persons. It also will publicize high-priority security messages, draw attention to kidnap victims and missing children. (Jan. 15, 2010) Credit: AP

Officials have decided not to prosecute a former Hauppauge woman who had fled 12 years ago with her then-2-year-old daughter to Spain, despite a court order giving primary custody to the girl's father, according to court records and a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.

The woman, Yvette Torres, 49, voluntarily returned to the United States in September with the girl, Sabrena Beck, now 14, and was arrested by FBI agents when she landed at Kennedy Airport.

Torres had been one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives.

After her mother's arrest, the girl was returned to her father, Davis Beck IV, of Hauppauge.

Beck had been awarded primary custody of their daughter by Suffolk County Family Court in March of 2000. The ruling allowed the girl to visit her mother in Florida, where Torres had moved, for two weeks at a time.

In June 2000, Beck left the girl with Torres in Florida, but instead of returning her, Torres took the child and fled to Spain.

A spokesman for the Eastern District, Robert Nardoza, said the charges were dismissed "in the best interests of the child." Court records show this was done on Jan. 15.

Sources familiar with the case said Beck did not want to press charges against her.

Torres had been charged in federal court in Brooklyn with removing a child from the United States with intent to obstruct justice. Torres could have faced up to 3 years in prison.

Torres had posted a bond of $75,000, which required her to stay in the New York metropolitan area and to seek treatment for mental health problems. The FBI's wanted page for her said she suffered from bipolar disorder.

Torres' attorney could not be reached for comment. Davis Beck's attorney Gary Weintraub, said he was not aware of the dismissal.

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