ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A mother of three accused of abducting her daughters in Michigan two weeks ago and bringing them to Florida will face a Jacksonville judge Tuesday. Bounty hunters tracked the woman to what they believed to be her boyfriend's home in Atlantic Beach on Sunday.
Within 10 minutes, the girls were safe and Courtney Peck, 39, was detained.
Peck is in the Duval County jail charged on a fugitive from justice warrant. Three bounty hunters stayed with 8-year-old Caitlyn and 5-year-old Charlotte until they could be reunited with their father, James Peck.
"She was running from two felony warrants in Michigan," bounty hunter Kelly Masters said.
Those warrants were for driving under the influence and identity theft. Masters said she likely would have received probation on those charges if is had faced trial. Now she faces serious felony charges.
"We needed to apprehend her. I wasn’t going to sleep until the mother was in custody and the kids were in good hands" Master said. "It’s a sad story. You should never put your children in that predicament."
Country Peck has three children, but she she was only charged with two counts of kidnapping because Jack Peck had custody of Caitlyn and Charlotte. News4Jax was told those two were on their way home and would be back in school in Northville Township, a Detroit suburb, on Tuesday.