WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 1/23/20 4:25 P.M.
A woman arrested in North Carolina after being accused of kidnapping her five children from the Wood County courthouse during a custody dispute in early January has been released from jail, authorities said.
According to spokesman for the Rowan County, N.C., Detention Center, Alicia Galluccio posted a $1,000 bond on Thursday and was released. She had been held there since her arrested in East Spencer, N.C., in the early morning of Jan. 10.
Galluccio’ bond was reduced from $150,000 in a court appearance on Wednesday, according to the Rowan County Clerk of Court’s office. Her next court appearance is scheduled for March 11.
Wood County authorities have moved forward with plans to extradite Galluccio to West Virginia to face a charge of kidnapping by a non-custodial parent.
Authorities said Galluccio and her mother fled to North Carolina with the children after taking them from the courthouse on Jan. 9. Her mother, the childrens’ grandmother, has not been charged, but authorities said they are looking into her involvement in the incident.
The incident happened after a judge in Wood County awarded custody of the children to their father, who is a Parkersburg resident.
UPDATE: 1/10/20 5:20 P.M.
A 32-year-old woman arrested in North Carolina early Friday after fleeing from Parkersburg with her five kids during a custody dispute late Thursday afternoon is planning to fight extradition to Wood County, North Carolina authorities said.
Alicia Galluccio remains in the Rowan County, N.C., Detention Center after a court appearance on Friday.
A court clerk said Friday afternoon that she was appointed an attorney and indicated that she plans to “fight” extradition to Wood County, where she faces a charge of kidnapping by a non-custodial parent. The charge carries a one to five year prison sentence if she’s convicted.
Galluccio is scheduled to appear in court in North Carolina on Jan. 22, a court official said.
Sheriff Steve Stephens said Galluccio fled with the kids from the Wood County courthouse in a car driven by her mother, who is the childrens’ grandmother. Authorities tracked the vehicle by pinging a cellphone, and Galluccio was taken into custody with the kids about 5 a.m. Friday in East Spencer, N.C.
According to Stephens, North Carolina authorities said Friday that the children were temporarily being cared for by Galluccio’s mother, who has a home in Statesville, N.C. Authorities are still looking into her involvement in the incident, Stephens said.
Stephens also said North Carolina authorities have not recognized a court order filed Thursday in Wood County Circuit Court that granted the father custody of the children because it is a civil case.
In addition, Stephens said North Carolina authorities have said there is paperwork from Florida indicating that Galluccio was awarded custody of the children. However, it’s unclear when that paperwork was filed.
A woman wanted for leaving Wood County with her five children on Thursday after their father was granted custody on Tuesday was arrested overnight in North Carolina, authorities said.
According to a post on the Wood County Sheriff's Office Facebook page early Friday, Alicia Jo Galluccio and her five children were found in East Spencer, North Carolina.
Sheriff Steve Stephens said Galluccio was taken into custody by the East Spencer Police Department after authorities were able to ping her cell phone and find her location.
The childrens' father has been notified, Stephens said, adding that Galluccio will likely be charged with parental kidnapping.
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The Wood County Sheriff's Office is looking for a woman who reportedly kidnapped her five children on Thursday.
The mother's name is Alicia Jo Galluccio. Custody of all her children was awarded to their father Thursday in court.
Deputies say she managed to get all five of the children and ran in a cream color 2008 GMC Acadia with North Carolina registration HFB7472. The car is driven by Alicia's mother, Sherry Vega. They may be heading south.
Deputies say the full complicity of Sherry Vega is not clear at this time. Warrants are being drawn on Alicia Galluccio for parental kidnapping.
If you see this car or know where she is going, please contact the Wood County Sheriff's Office at 304-424-1834. Its tip line is 304-834-3909 or call your local law enforcement agency.