Bail Hiked For Woman Accused Of Abducting Son


The bail for Svitlana Sorokina has been hiked by $100,000 because the judge in the case considers her a flight risk.

The 38 year old Ukrainian woman, who's accused of abducting her child from the north country to Ukraine, has been in the Jefferson County Jail for a couple of weeks.

The child's father and Sorokina's ex-husband, John Moody of Watertown, hasn't seen his son in two years.

Sorokina allegedly violated a family court order when she took their ten year old son, Nickolai, from the United States to Ukraine.

Sorokina recently returned to the United States without Nickolai and was arrested.

On Tuesday, state Supreme Court Justice James McClusky said he considered Sorokina a flight risk and raised her bail from $50,000 to $150,000.

Sorokina requested and was granted the opportunity to get a new lawyer.

She said the public defender who had been handling her case neglected her.

"I had one telephone call and also one visit for about 45 minutes," Sorokina told the court.

The public defender said she had the case for about a week and did not neglect her client.

Sorokina's case will go before a grand jury.

See our earlier report

Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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