Suspect in child kidnapping waives right to preliminary hearing

Published: Apr. 22, 2020 at 4:04 AM EDT
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One of the suspects in a family abduction case has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, with a grand jury meeting again August 14.

John Allison was scheduled to be in court June 9 until he waived his right. He surrendered after the kidnapping, while police agencies were still looking for his wife.

Ruby Allison, arrested in South Carolina in late April and now back in Virginia, is being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail with no bond. She is the mother of two young children and stepmother to one other who were subjects of an AMBER Alert in April.

She is charged with three counts of kidnapping.

All three children were recovered and are with family.

Ruby Allison, the mother of Collin Allison, Emma Allison, and step-mother to Cameron Allison, was arrested after being pulled over, driving a maroon Chevrolet on I-95 near Florence, South Carolina.

Ruby and the three kids had gotten to Florida, but then decided to travel back to Roanoke.

According to Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall, John Allison's parents, the biological grandparents of the three children, were also in the car, but are not facing any charges. The grandparents live in the Jacksonville area of Florida.

LISTEN to the attached audio from the South Carolina Highway Patrol

Emma Allison, 6, Cameron Allison, 6 and Colin Allison, 18 months, were reported missing when Roanoke County Social Services attempted to serve a court ordered child removal and their parents refused to give their location or allow CPS to access the children.

According to neighbors, the Allison kids are very friendly and seemed happy.

"I hurt for them, I hurt for their family, as a mom I worry, you know I hope that they're safe and that someone is taking good care of them and will return them soon," said Nicole Wood.

Violet Robertson says she's lived across the street from them for years and says the children play outside often.

She wonders, like many, what brought social services and police to their doorstep in the first place.

"I just was shocked and amazing that I heard that something was wrong," said Robertson.

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