Michigan fugitive found in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE – A Michigan woman wanted for failing to turn her two children over to their father was found in Saranac Lake Wednesday by state police and arrested.

Christie Hope-Erwin Clancy, 33, Westland, Mich., was located in a house on View Street after police received a tip as to her whereabouts, according to state police spokeswoman Jennifer Fleishman.

Clancy had been a fugitive from justice since August, when she didn’t return two of her children – a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy – to their father, who had custody of the kids, Fleishman said. Clancy fled Michigan and ended up in Saranac Lake, although Fleishman said police aren’t sure how or why she came here.

“The investigation is still going on, so I don’t have all the particulars yet,” she said.

State police received a tip that Clancy was living in Saranac Lake and was a fugitive, and police subsequently confirmed that with law-enforcement personnel in Michigan, Fleishman said.

Police showed up at the View Street residence around noon Wednesday and arrested Clancy. The two children were not there but were found at another nearby residence, Fleishman said. They were taken into custody by Child Protective Services and are being returned to their father, who now lives in Arkansas. Two other children of Clancy’s, who have a different biological father, were found with her and also turned over to Child Protective Services.

Clancy is currently in the Franklin County Jail in Malone awaiting extradition to Michigan, Fleishman said.

Law-enforcement officials in Livingston County, Mich., issued a warrant for Clancy’s arrest on Nov. 1, charging her with unlawful retention of children, according to reports on the website of the Livingston County Daily Press and Argus, a daily newspaper based in Howell, Mich.

Police in Michigan had started looking for the children after their grandparents filed a complaint on Aug. 23, the newspaper reported. No Amber Alert was issued because police didn’t have enough information to prove that the children had been kidnapped. Clancy and the two children reportedly tried to cross the U.S. border into Canada from New York on Sept. 19. They were detained and officers checked on the children’s welfare, but they were ultimately released, apparently because no warrant had been issued for the mother’s arrest at that point.

Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or cknight@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.