An Amish-Mennonite pastor who helped a woman flee the country with her daughter in order to keep the little girl from being handed over by court order to her lesbian former partner has been convicted by a Vermont jury of “aiding and abetting a parental kidnapping.”
In 2009, pastor Kenneth L. Miller of Virginia helped former lesbian Lisa Miller (no relation) leave the country with her daughter Isabella, after a court granted custody of the child to Miller's lesbian former partner, Janet Jenkins. Jenkins is not biologically related to the girl, and never went through legal proceedings to adopt her.
LifeSiteNews.com reported that “Isabella was conceived by artificial insemination while Jenkins and Miller were in a Vermont 'civil union,' which was dissolved in 2003. Following the end of her relationship, Miller returned to the Baptist religion of her youth and consequently disavowed homosexual behavior. She has raised Isabella with the same values.”
LifeSite previously reported that in sworn affidavits, two experts testified that the little girl suffered from emotional trauma following court-ordered visits to Jenkins. “The documents illustrate the concerns that presumably led Miller, who had repudiated the lesbian lifestyle and converted to Evangelical Christianity, to flee the United States to avoid further contact between her daughter and Jenkins,” reported LifeSite.
In 2007, one of the experts, clinical therapist Sylvia Haydash, concluded after interviewing and observing Isabella that her visits with Jenkins were causing the child serious psychological and emotional harm. “Isabella appears to have been traumatized by the limited visitation thus far,” wrote Haydash, “a serious consequence, taking Isabella in a negative direction as compared to Isabella’s condition before the recent visitations where she was a child that was well-adjusted, flourishing, above-the-curve developmentally, verbally gifted, and readily able to separate from Lisa and meet with other people.”
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Photo of Rev. Kenneth Miller: AP Images