Judge orders Allison Quets to pay adoptive parents' legal fees

March 24, 2008 1:52:42 PM PDT
A Wake County judge has ordered a woman to pay the legal fees of the couple who adopted her biological twins, whom she kidnapped and took to Canada in 2006.

Allison Quets also was scolded by Wake County District Court Judge Anne Salisbury for filing a custody lawsuit against Kevin and Denise Needham of Apex. The judge granted a request by the couple and ordered Quets to pay the Needhams' legal costs by April 1.

The judge also sanctioned Quets' lawyer, Mike Harrell, for bringing a frivolous lawsuit.

The 50-year-old Quets picked up the toddlers for a scheduled visit in December 2006, but she didn't return as required by a court agreement. She was later found in Canada with the twins.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of international parental kidnapping in September and was sentenced to five years' probation after spending eight months in jail awaiting trial.

Quets later sued for visitation rights, but that lawsuit was dismissed in January. Quets has appealed.

Quets has been challenging the adoption, saying she was severely ill during her pregnancy and under duress when she relinquished the children after their birth in Florida. The Florida courts have upheld the adoption.


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