$1 million bail set for mom accused of taking her son in Amber Alert case

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Sandra Bennatts

SEATTLE — Charges of kidnapping, burglary and custodial interference were filed Thursday against Sandra Bennatts, 34, of Bremerton, who is accused of taking her non-custodial 6-year-old son from her mother’s house in Auburn Monday and triggering an Amber Alert.

Bail was set at $1 million. Her arraignment is scheduled for May 20.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office said in court documents it was requesting the $1 million bail because Bennatts’ family members “are very afraid of the defendant” and of “her likelihood to flee.”

According to the prosecutor’s office, Bennatts waited Sunday night in the Auburn house of her mother, Sharon Bennatts, who is the foster parent of her son, until her mother and son returned home.

The documents say Sandra knocked her mother down a flight of stairs, dragged her down a second flight of stairs by her hair, hog-tied her, gagged her and threatened to kill her with a knife — all in front of the 6-year-old boy, the documents say.

Bennatts then ransacked her mother’s home and stole her debit cards and drove off in her mother’s Acura.

The mother, Sharon, was unable to escape for hours. When she did, she called the police and an Amber Alert was issued.

Officers found the defendant hours later driving on State Route 2 near Index. “When they tried to stop the defendant, she increased her speed up to 100 miles per hour,” the documents say. “Her escape was thwarted because she ran out of gas.”

The boy was unharmed.

Sharon Bennatts told police later that there was going to be a custody hearing the next day, on Tuesday, May 6, and it was likely Sandra would lose custody of her son due to her recent bizarre behavior.

She also told police that Sandra had taken the boy to Mexico in February, without permission. She also said that Sandra had been found wandering into people’s homes with her son, the documents state.








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  • John Fuller

    There is certainly a great deal of mental illness in Washington these days. People are crazy as a bed bug!

  • Whitney

    I hear the daddy is trying everything he can to finally get his son now that he and his son are out of danger with her being licked up. I hope that everyone can see how desperate this situation is and that the absent father has probably been absent for a reason. Seems to me that she probably would have done a lot more damage to daddy than she did to her poor mother. I hope daddy finally gets to be with his don. That poor boy needs his daddy. If Washington State wants to do right with this whole ordeal, they had better listen to the father at this point and work with him. I hear that he pleaded with CPS a few months ago about his fears for himself and his son which all were ignored. He better get a good lawyer….CPS grossly dropped the ball on this and failed that poor boy. Best of luck dad…..I think I can speak for everyone….we are behind you, we support you and we will pray for your long awaited reuniting with your beautiful son Mason…..

    • Whitney

      Sorry about the typos…..I'm a bit passionate about this story…..I can't believe any of this. I feel sick.

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