Judge orders arrest of no-show parent in child restraint case

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted May 10, 2012, at 1:38 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge has ordered the arrest of a 27-year-old Belfast man charged with criminal restraint by a parent.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm agreed Wednesday to issue the arrest warrant after Adam Littlefield failed for the second time in a month to appear in Knox County Superior Court for a hearing on the criminal restraint charge.

Littlefield will have to pay $5,000 cash or $25,000 surety to be released once he is arrested.

Defense attorney Barry Pretzel told the judge that he made numerous attempts to contact his client without success.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Liberman requested the issuance of the arrest warrant and asked for cash bail to be set at $1,000. Justice Hjelm noted that the existing $300 cash bail was apparently not sufficient to make him appear and decided on the higher bail.

The $300 cash bail put up by another person will be forfeited to the state.

Littlefield was charged in September after he moved with his son, whose age was not included in court documents, and did not allow the mother to have any contact with the boy. The custody agreement issued by the court gave the mother the right to see the child every other weekend.

The mother told police that initially Adam Littlefield would hang up on her when she called to speak to her child or talk to the father about visiting the child. Eventually, the telephone number was disconnected and for seven months she was unable to reach Littlefield or her son.

Knox County Detective Dwight Burtis investigated the case and found that Littlefield had moved from the last known address and then had stayed for about a month at a motel in Stockton Springs before leaving there. The detective also checked with the Stockton Springs Elementary School and was told the child no longer attended there.

Littlefield eventually was found. He was arrested in September and charged with criminal restraint by a parent.

The boy is now with his mother, Liberman said.

Criminal restraint by a parent is a Class C crime with a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

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