A Fairfield woman charged with abducting her two children in August is back in jail after violating her bail conditions by visiting the children at a church function the day before Easter, police said.
BethMarie Retamozzo, 35, of Fairfield, was arrested Thursday after police executed a search warrant issued in connection with an April 19 incident at New Beginnings Church on Main Street, according to Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey.
Retamozzo’s children were at a church outing with their grandparents April 19 when Retamozzo’s daughter told her grandmother that she saw Retamozzo in the church and that Retamozzo waived to her, Massey said.
It’s a violation of Retamozzo’s bail conditions to have unauthorized visitation with her children, Massey said.
About a week after the incident, police received a call from the grandparents about the sighting and Waterville police Detective David Caron spoke at length with the grandparents, Massey said.
“The grandparents did not see BethMarie themselves, but they felt sure the children were telling them the truth,” Massey said. “Matter of fact, the grandfather said after he was told BethMarie was there, he looked outside and saw a pickup truck leaving and recognized it as one of BethMarie’s friends.”
Caron spoke with a pastor at the church and learned that the event had been recorded, Massey said.
“We were able to see in the video that BethMarie was in the church and she was accompanied by a male,” Massey said. “After we obtained the video information and talked with the children directly, we applied for a warrant.”
On Thursday, Retamozzo was arrested at her High Street home for violating the conditions of her release. Massey said Retamozzo was cooperative during the arrest but refused to speak with police. She is being held at the Kennebec County jail without bail.
Retamozzo was charged with two counts of criminal restraint by a parent, a class C felony, in August after she allegedly fled with her children from an Ace Tire store in Waterville. Retamozzo and the two children were found sleeping at an Interstate 95 rest stop in South Carolina three days after leaving Waterville.
Descriptions of passages from Retamozzo’s diary contained thoughts of killing herself and her children and the claim that the devil had told her to molest her children, according to the police affidavit filed with the court in August.
A charge of criminal restraint by a parent is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Retamozzo is scheduled for an Oct. 29 Kennebec Superior Court appearance on the two criminal restraint charges.