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The kidnapping of Jayden Headley

This page last updated Feb 6 2007

A custody battle between Jayden Headley's parents Kay Skelton and Chris Jones turned ugly when Chris was given majority custody by the Family Court.  Two months later Jayden was kidnapped. Jayden was kidnapped for over five months by his maternal grandfather Dick Headley, before Dick surrended. The custody battle continues as this page was last updated.

In the war of words justifying the kidnapping, Dick Headley prepared a statement, supposedly written by Jayden, alleging abuse by his father.  The letter was however branded a forgery based on the writing skills of Jayden aged 6.  Earlier abuse allegations made by Kay Skelton were not considered credible, especially as Kay Skelton was proved to have provided other false evidence to the Court.

The case is important for a number of reasons and especially highlighting the importance of children being able to maintain relationships with both parents, in the breakdown of the parent's relationship. Of relevance to this site are false abuse allegations. Such allegations can occur for a variety of reasons, and often in custodial disputes.

Page 1 -   Abduction                                                    from 18 Aug 2006
      Page 2 -   Searching for Jayden                               from 01 Sept 2006
      Page 3 -   The jailing of Kay Skelton                       from 18 Oct 2006
      Page 4 -   Abuse Allegations                                      from 27 Oct 2006
      Page 5 -   Kidnapper makes demands                    from 15 Nov 2006
      Page 6 -   Public pressure intensifies                      from 20 Nov 2006
      Page 7 -   Mrs "T" identified                                       from 29 Nov 2006
      Page 8 -   Reward offered                                           from 07 Dec 2006
      Page 9 -   Skelton appeal declined                           from 19 Dec 2006
      Page 10 - Headleys contact media                          from 01 Jan 2007
      Page 11 - Pamphlets, Internet threat                       from 11 Jan 2007
      Page 12 - Jayden is returned!                                   23 Jan 2007
      Page 13 - First day home                                           24 Jan 2007
      Page 14 - Court judgments released                      25 Jan 2007
      Page 15 - Can Skelton get a fair trial?                     from 26 Jan 2007
      Page 16 - Facing consequences                             from 29 Jan 2007
      Page 17 - Criminal Proceedings                               from 13 Feb 2007

      Official Documents; Court Judgments      

Jayden and his dad, Chris;          Kay Skelton and her father Dick Headley