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New London woman who was focus of search appears on charges of depriving another of parental rights

WILLMAR — A woman who was the focus of a multi-state search after she was accused of taking her 4-year-old son in violation of a court order made her first appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar.

Amy Lorraine Winterfeldt, formerly Amy Gomm, 44, of New London, appeared before District Judge Jennifer Fischer. The court approved the Winterfeldt’s request that a public defender be appointed to represent her. She is currently being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on two felony charges of depriving another of parental rights.

She was arrested July 18 during a traffic stop in Ohio. She had been the focus of a search after she allegedly failed to deliver her son, Alex, to his father, Bruce Gomm, in Appleton, Wisconsin, on July 13.

When arrested in Ohio, Winterfeldt was traveling with three children, including Alex Gomm. Authorities charge that she had two firearms in her possession. Ohio authorities planned to file charges of a fugitive in possession of a firearm against her, according to information from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office.

The complaint stated that arrangements had been made for Winterfeldt to exchange her son with Bruce Gomm, the boy’s father and her former husband. Gomm had been granted sole legal and physical custody in a July 8 court order.

When she failed to make the appointment, Gomm contacted police in Appleton, Wis., and they asked Kandiyohi County law enforcement to check her residence in New London. She was not present at the residence, and attempts to contact her by cell phone were unsuccessful. She had made numerous calls on it from 7:51 to 9:24 a.m. on July 13 when she was to deliver the child.

All of the calls had been pinged off a tower in Burnsville, Minn. After the 9:24 a.m. call, the phone had not had any service and had apparently been turned off.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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