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CA- Ohio woman who fled with daughter will have extradition hearing

6-25-2009 California:

A woman arrested in Valley Center, where she was found with her boyfriend and her young daughter, who had been missing from Ohio for nearly a month, is scheduled to have an extradition hearing Thursday in San Diego Superior Court.

Candace Watson, 24, could either admit that she is the person wanted in Ohio or fight extradition to that state.

Watson was arrested Tuesday along with 27-year-old Robbie Douglas Potter after deputies, acting on a tip, found 4-year-old Haylee Donathan at the Morning Star Ranch Christian retreat.

The manager at the retreat called authorities after he received a call from another Morning Star resident who recognized the girl from an Amber Alert billboard in Los Angeles, Deputy U.S. Marshal Omar Castillo said.

Mary Watson reported her granddaughter missing after she and her mother left for a camping trip on May 28 and failed to return as scheduled.

The girl — who may have contracted a mild case of chicken pox but was otherwise in good health and good spirits — was taken to the county’s Polinsky Children’s Center and plans were under way to return her to her grandmother in Ohio as soon as possible, authorities said.

Potter, a convicted sex offender was arraigned Wednesday in federal court in San Diego for allegedly violating terms of his supervised release in northern Ohio. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruben Brooks told Potter he was accused of violating probation for allegedly absconding from a Volunteers of America halfway house on May 28 without notifying his probation officer of his new

Potter also allegedly tested positive for marijuana at the halfway house on May 25, the judge said.

Brooks ordered the defendant held without bail pending a hearing on Monday. A hearing was set for July 9, in which federal prosecutors will have to establish that Potter is the person that Ohio authorities are seeking, the judge said.

A $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to Potter’s capture. ..Source.. by City News Service

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