The legal battle between former partners Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller has dropped out of the headlines here in Virginia, but it’s still percolating in Vermont.
The trial of an Amish-Mennonite minister from Virginia kicked off on Tuesday. Kenneth Miller of Augusta County is accused of helping Lisa Miller (no relation) escape to Nicaragua with her daughter, now 10 years old, after a court granted custody to Jenkins. The minister could be imprisoned for up to three years if convicted of aiding and abetting a child kidnapping.
Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins are both from Virginia. They obtained a civil union in Vermont and lived there before their relationship broke up. Miller gave birth to Isabella through in vitro fertilization. She initially agreed to grant Jenkins visitation rights, but later reneged and moved back to Virginia in an unsuccessful effort to use the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to block a court order in Vermont.
The whereabouts of Lisa and Isabella remain unknown, but they apparently were taken in by missionaries in Nicaragua.