Monty Turner charged with twelve felonies after assaulting wife, fleeing with toddler to Canada

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The latest incident isn't the first in which Monty attracted unwanted attention in relation to young Luke.

Last July, as pointed out by the Longmont Times-Call, he and the boy didn't return as planned from a camping trip, prompting Brandy to call in the authorities. They ultimately tracked the pair to Washington County, where officers found them "hiding under carpeting in a box truck," the paper reports.

Monty wasn't accused of a crime for his actions, because he and Brandy didn't have a custody agreement. Afterward, though, she was granted guardianship over the boy, and a judge approved a protection order that required him to stay away from mother and son.

The order apparently worked for a while -- but not permanently.

On May 25, Brandy reportedly stepped into her backyard to smoke a cigarette and found Monty there. She reacted by racing back into the house, locking the door and trying to call 911. But he allegedly forced his way inside, threw the phone away, attacked her with pepper spray and (she thinks) a stun gun and then spirited Luke away -- on a bicycle.

Monty and Luke subsequently disappeared. Here's a photo of Monty shared by police at the outset of the search; note his religious/apocalyptic T-shirt:

Early on, police believed father and son got away with assistance from Monty's father, 72-year-old Ronald Turner. Ronald was subsequently arrested in Missouri, where he's awaiting extradition.

Meanwhile, an intensive search was launched for Monty and Luke. They were found days later a long ways from home: a motel in Manitoba, Canada.

Luke was unharmed and was able to join a clearly overjoyed Brandy at a news conference. Here's a CBS4 report about that:

Meanwhile, Monty was jailed on a $500,000 bond, while Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett determined the appropriate charges. And he came up with a slew of them.

Continue for more about the charging of Monty Turner, including photos and another video.
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