Suspected child-seller won’t be extradited

KINGMAN – Jessica Heird, 20, of Meadview, the female of the fugitive couple accused of trying to sell their kids in Mexico, will not be extradited back to Mohave County from any charges here, sources with the Mohave County Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Heird and Edward Henry Leader, 37, were arrested in Tijuana, Mexico, early this month and extradited back to San Diego.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Heird is being held on a $12,500 bail on a warrant from Mohave County courts, while Leader is being held on no bail and is wanted in Arizona on kidnapping charges. The newspaper quoted a spokesman with the U.S. Marshals Service as saying that the couple would be sent back to Arizona soon.

Other media across the nation repeated the story.

According to the Mohave County Attorney’s Office, however, those reports were not true.

“We have no active charges against them … I don’t know what the basis for that story is. We have nothing to do with it. It is totally out of our jurisdiction,” said Jace Zack, chief deputy county attorney.

Mohave County Superior Court Judge James Chavez did issue a pickup order for Heird, who was 17 at the time of the incident, and her son, Erick, on Feb. 13, 2003, but the order expired six months after the issuing date.

An earlier news release with Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said that Heird took her son away when they were still under court-imposed custody at her parent’s home in Meadview in 2002.

She later joined Leader and his children fleeing to Tijuana. She had been living there until they were extradited back to the country this month.

The release said at least one of the couple’s kids, Erik Leader, was sold or traded to a Mexican family.