Feds detail roles of 3 women charged with kidnapping girls for polygamous leader

Prosecutors this week accused Sam Bateman of helping orchestrate the escape of girls he considered his wives from state foster care while behind bars awaiting trial. (lusia83, Shutterstock)

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

ST. GEORGE — Three women have been charged in the kidnapping of eight underaged girls in connection with a federal case filed against Samuel Rappylee Bateman, an Arizona polygamous leader who remains in federal custody without bail.

And the details compiled by federal investigators suggest a pattern of deceit and cover-up, including the shredding of potentially vital evidence, over a period of years.

According to a 22-page complaint filed in US District Court in Arizona Dec. 1, all three women – Donnae Barlow, 24, Moretta Rose Johnson, 19, and Naomi Bistline, age not available – are in federal custody facing one count of obstructing a federal prosecution and a second count of kidnapping in connection with a federal case against batman.

The complaint says that between May 2020 and November of this year, the suspects were involved in transporting the underage girls between four states, including Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Nebraska.

Read the full article at St George News.


Related stories

Most recent Southern Utah stories

More stories you may be interested in

Comments are closed.