Fugitive mom returned to Nashville; son reunited with dad

Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 8:59pm
Staff Reports

Little Ollie Atwater and his mother took off from Nashville International Airport for a trip to Mexico, but he was not a typical round-trip fare.

On Thursday evening, FBI agents escorted his mother, Emily Atwater of Madison, off a commercial jet at the Nashville airport without Ollie, just a few days after she was arrested in Mexico, accused of felony charges of custodial interference and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

In July, according to reports, Atwater reportedly fled south during visitation time with her non-custodial four-year-old son. When his father, Dustin Atwater, who lives in New York, arrived in Nashville on July 31 to pick up his son, he discovered that his ex-wife, her boyfriend and Ollie had left their Madison apartment, and he called police.

In Houston on Thursday, father and son were reunited after more than three months apart.

Emily Atwater, 33, was returned to the United States through Houston before being brought to Nashville to face charges.

According to authorities, Emily Atwater was allowed visitation with her son, Ollie, during the month of July. She picked him up from her ex-husband’s New York home on July 1 and was to have transferred custody back to him at the Nashville airport on July 31.

Metro Police Youth Services detectives obtained a warrant charging the mother with custodial interference and subsequently determined that she, Ollie and the boyfriend were believed to be in Degollado Jalisco, Mexico.

The FBI then entered the case and obtained a federal warrant charging Atwater with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The bureau’s Legal Attaché Office in Mexico alerted authorities there to the existence of the warrant, and she was arrested in Mexico Wednesday night.