Cynthia Abcug, 53, was found guilty of the felony of conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping and child abuse — knowingly or recklessly causing injury.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — A jury on Friday found Cynthia Abcug guilty of subjecting her son to “medical” child abuse and then planning a “raid” to kidnap him from the nursing home where he was living after he died care had been removed from her.
Abcug, 53, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping, a felony and child molestation – knowingly or recklessly causing injury, a misdemeanor. Sentencing was set for October 6.
Abcug declined to comment after leaving court but indicated she will speak publicly after the sentencing.
The case drew attention amid claims that Abcug planned to take her son back with the help of supporters of the conspiracy theory known as QAnon.
Assistant District Attorney Gary Dawson said the passage of time since the indictment was filed in 2019 was a key factor in the verdict, as the jury was able to see that the boy has been doing well since leaving his mother’s home more than three years ago was removed .
“The difference between him and the defendant and his foster mother was very, very clear,” Dawson said.
Dawson also praised Abcug’s daughter, who reported the plot to kidnap her son to the police – and testified for the prosecution at the trial.
“Obviously, the difficult part of a conspiracy is that it’s done in secret — we don’t usually know who’s inside,” Dawson said. “In this case, we had a kid inside who saw something was wrong and had the guts to say it.”
During testimony Thursday, which lasted just over three hours, Abcug denied she exaggerated her son’s medical issues or told people he was terminally ill, said she knew nothing about QAnon and mistakenly believed that people she met online who could legally help her get her son back.
The 10-year-old boy was taken from her care in the spring of 2019.
Abcug also said she missed two court hearings related to her son’s removal in the fall of 2019 after a man she thought would help her took her phone and held her in a “shelter” for 90 days.
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The case went to the jury around 5:30 p.m. Thursday and they retired for the night a short time later, then returned at 9 a.m. Friday to begin deliberations.
The prosecution’s case was based on witness testimony and records showing the boy’s medical problems were almost always reported by Abcug and rarely seen by others – and the news that in the more than three years since he left their home was removed, no serious medical treatment had expenditure.
Several people testified that Abcug told them their son had serious medical conditions – including a seizure disorder, serious heart disease and brain tumors – and was terminally ill.
On the witness stand, Abcug denied saying those things.
The defense countered with extensive medical records — more than 5,000 pages in all — documenting a range of medical problems, including the results of a brain scan known as an electroencephalogram, or EEG, which the boy underwent multiple times. Six of those tests showed “abnormal” brain activity.
Abcug is threatened with conspiracy charges of up to six years in prison – albeit on probation. She has no criminal record — a factor judges sometimes consider when sentencing.
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https://www.kvue.com/article/news/investigations/cynthia-abcug-kidnapping-case-verdict/73-e7b19b9c-fb6d-431d-b3c7-fe81e898324a Mother found guilty of her son’s kidnapping plot and child abuse