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Kandiyohi County woman arrested in Ohio; missing child found unharmed

WILLMAR –– A Kandiyohi County woman, who’d been sought by authorities for taking her 4-year old son in violation of a court order, was arrested late Friday during a traffic stop in Ohio.

Amy Lorraine Winterfeldt, also known as Amy Gomm, was arrested without incident. The three children she was traveling with, including her son, Alex Gomm, were unharmed.

According to a press release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Winterfeldt was pulled over by the Ohio State Patrol for a vehicle equipment violation.

When authorities realized there was a warrant for her arrest in Kandiyohi County on a charge of deprivation of parental rights, Winterfeldt was arrested.

She also faces charges in Ohio for being a fugitive in possession of a firearm.

According to the press release, Winterfeldt had two guns in her possession when she was stopped in Ohio.

The search for Winterfeldt began last week when she failed to bring her son to Appleton, Wis., where she was to deliver the boy to his father, Bruce Gomm.

According to court records filed in Kandiyohi County District Court, a divorce between Winterfeldt and Gomm was granted on July 8 with Judge Randall Slieter granting physical and legal custody to the father.

That same ruling allowed Amy Gomm to change her name to Amy Winterfeldt.

On July 16 the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office issued a press release that Winterfeldt was “becoming increasingly paranoid about returning the son to his father” and she failed to show up for the exchange.

The boy, also known as Alex Winterfeldt, had been entered in the missing children database by Appleton police.

The boy, along with other two boys, ages five and six that are Winterfeldt’s adopted children, were also traveling with Winterfeldt and were unharmed.

Bruce Gomm is the former general manager of the Willmar Municipal Utilities. He was fired in 2012 in a complicated public process that included Gomm filing a lawsuit against the MUC for alleged discrimination and breach of contract. The lawsuit was eventually dropped when a settlement was reached.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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