“A Kidnapping In The Family” is a true story movie that was inspired by a case that appeared on “Unsolved Mysteries.” The “Unsolved Mysteries” episode featured the case of kidnapping granny Pat Farmer. The movie originally aired in 1996 as “fictionalized account inspired by actual events.”
According to Traciy Curry-Reyes, of the Movies Based on True Stories Database, the real kidnapping grabbed headlines in the early 1990s when Jared Lee Peters was kidnapped by his grandmother Pat Farmer, also known as, Patricia Farmer.
Pat Farmer kidnapped her own grandson because she feared that her daughter was not raising him properly.
Police officials state that Patricia Farmer, 60, who was unhappy with her daughter’s mothering skills, accused her daughter, Ladonna Morrow, of living a wild lifestyle and engaging in Satanic worship.
An investigation into Ladonna Morrow’s background did not reveal evidence of abuse or child neglect at that time.
Jared Peters and Pat Farmer disappeared during their grandmother-grandson visitation. The two were located over a year later in another state after an “Unsolved Mysteries” episode aired the case. Shortly after, Pat Farmer was arrested for abduction.
According to sources who know the family, Jared Peters eventually went to live with his grandmother once she was free. Now an adult, Peters, who has since changed the spelling of his name, rarely speaks to his mother Ladonna Morrow.
“A Kidnapping In The Family” still airs on Lifetime and other cable stations.
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