NAPLES, Fla. - Three cars were sitting in Donald and Joyce Byrd's driveway in Naples when WINK News stopped by Wednesday Morning, but no one answered the door. The Naples grandparents are facing child abduction charges out of Los Angeles. They're accused of coaxing their 12-year-old grandson Zachary into leaving his mother's California home.
Zachary lived with his grandparents in their Naples home for six years, while his mother was in school. In June, the Byrd's guardianship was revoked and they were forced to turn over Zachary to his mother.
When Collier County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the home they found it was empty. Stephanie Byrd, Zachary's mother, told deputies her parents told Zachary not to make any noise when law enforcement would come to the door.
David Agoston in a lawyer in Naples specializing in Family Law. He says custody cases like this are difficult and person, but seldom reach this level.
"Abductions are extremely rare in my experience," said Agoston.
"The major threshold with any childrens issues is what's in the best interest of the minor child," Agoston said.
If you have seen Zachary Byrd or know of his whereabouts you're asked to call authorities.