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Mother risks becoming fugitive to protect her son

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A mother who was wanted by the law for a custody crime said she had a very good reason for being on the run - the protection and well-being of her child.

Georgia Dunn faces years in jail. She worries about that, but in the end she decided to risk it for a reason any mother would understand.

She believes that the system so failed her 9-year-old son that the only way she could protect him from being raped again was to become a felony fugitive.

Dunn, a well-dressed horse rancher from Robertson County, doesn't conjure the image of a fleeing felon, but she has been a wanted woman nonetheless.

She defied an order from Circuit Court Judge Ross Hicks to return her son to her ex-husband, William Cone.

"Your job as a parent is to protect your child. It doesn't matter if it causes you to become a criminal even," Dunn said.

It all started back in 2008 when Dunn was told by her son's pediatrician the boy was being sexually assaulted. Then, an 11-person state investigative team looked into it and decided Cone, the boys' father, was sexually abusing his son.

But when Dunn went to court in front of Hicks, she not only didn't win her case, but she also lost primary custody of her son.

"Eleven people unanimously agreed," Dunn said. "A judge overruled their decision on that."

Then came new allegations this summer by the boy that led to an FBI investigation and federal search warrants. The FBI even accompanied Dunn to Robertson County earlier this month to again appear in front of Hicks to ask for an order of protection.

"They brought copies of warrants for search and seizure," Dunn said. "He said he wasn't granting it and that I would need to return my son to his father that day. I said, 'Are you telling me that I have to return my child to the man my son has told the FBI is raping him - not in those terms, but in child terms?' And he said, 'I won't discuss it to you in any way.'"

That's when Dunn walked out of the courtroom and became a fugitive from the law.

"You can't even describe it. It's no way to live. No way to live - not for anybody," Dunn said.

But now Cone is under arrest and charged with child rape after he was accused of raping his son in Davidson County.

Even so, Dunn didn't rush to authorities. Instead, she wanted assurances. She wanted to make sure when she's handcuffed her son would be safe.

"The first thing I need to do is figure out how to keep my son safe," Dunn said. "My son is a witness and needs to be protected."

After speaking with Channel 4 News, Dunn surrendered herself to the Robertson County Sheriff's Office, where she was charged with a parental tampering, a Class C felony.

But what happens to her son now that mom and dad are both in jail? Robertson County is allowing the boy to stay with Dunn's sister until Monday, and then the custody matter will go to court.

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