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Mother Faces Arrest In Lesbian Custody Battle

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WPTZ: A woman for whom a Rutland County judge has ordered an arrest warrant after she allegedly refused to turn over her daughter to her former partner has disappeared.

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Family Court Judge William Cohen found Lisa Miller, of Forest, Va., in contempt of court during a hearing Tuesday and issued the arrest warrant. Cohen had given Miller 30 days -- which ended Tuesday -- to return the child in January, but Miller and her daughter have since disappeared.

"I will propose an arrest warrant with a cash bail in the amount of $50,000 with the purpose of bringing Ms. Miller to the court," Cohen said.

Janet Jenkins, Miller's former partner, has been fighting for the custody of the girl, Isabella, since the couple broke up in 2003. At the time, Miller moved to Virginia, where she renounced homosexuality and became an evangelical Christian.

Jenkins made another plea for her daughter outside court Tuesday.

"So much time has passed since her disappearance. Every minute of every day I worry about whether she's OK. I love her and miss her so much," Jenkins said. "It's hard to put into words. It's just unbelievable."

The arrest warrant is only valid in Vermont. Sarah Star, an attorney for Jenkins, said she hoped the state would file charges that would extend the warrant nationwide.

"Our concern is to be sure that law enforcement has all the tools available to locate Isabella," Star said.

The Rutland County state's attorney was not available to comment.

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