Police: Westminster man wanted for custodial interference charges arrested in New York

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WESTMINSTER — A 37-year-old man was arrested for custodial interference following an incident in Westminster yesterday.

Police were requested for a welfare check on four children, ages 8,7,5, and 3, who were currently with their father, Mahlon Peachey, of Westminster, for an overnight visit at around 4:30 a.m.

The children’s mother, SarahAnn Peachey, 35, of Westminster, had received a concerning message from Mahlon which prompted her to call State police.

Police say they found that Peachey’s house was deserted when they arrived.

SarahAnn also told police that the children told her that their father told them they may be moving to New York soon.

Out of state travel is not permitted without their mother’s consent according to a court-issued custody order.

Police say with the assistance of the Windham County State’s Attorney’s office, they were granted a warrant for the apprehension of Mahlon.

New York police say they located Mahlon and the four children on a vehicle stop yesterday afternoon.

Police took him into custody and held him in New York overnight pending extradition to Vermont to face custodial interference charges.

The children were returned safely to their mother unharmed.