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Grandparents avoid more prison time in kidnapping case

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (04/22/14) - Two grandparents have been sentenced in an unusual kidnapping case.

The story began Nov. 21, when the grandparents and two friends were accused of kidnapping the 6-year-old girl from a Saginaw Township apartment.

The four people, from the Detroit area, were arrested during a traffic stop on I-75 in Saginaw County.

Tuesday, the grandparents learned if they would get anymore jail time.

Shane Schultz and his wife Lynette faced life in prison when they were originally charged in this case.

In February, the pair plead guilty to assault charges filed after the girlfriend of the father of the 6-year-old girl was pushed during the taking of the child from the apartment. They also plead guilty to a lesser kidnapping crime - kidnapping custodial interference.

In the plea agreement, they will both serve one year probation for assault and one year deferred probation for the kidnapping crime - that will not go on their record if they abide by the provisions of probation.

The couple's daughter, the mother of the little girl, died in November 2012. Custody was awarded to the father of the child, who was arrested on a probation violation just before the Schutz's attempted to get the girl back.

"The state was wrong with leaving our granddaughter with a person who had no relationship to her," Shane said.

Judge Janet Boes told both they made a bad decision when they took their grandchild, but since both do not have any criminal record, the judge agreed there should be no more jail time, other than the 13 days they spent behind bars after their arrest.

But the Schultz's haven't seen their granddaughter since that day, and are not sure when they will see her again.

"We are back to square on. I guess we wait until she is 15 to see her again," Shane said.

That's when the girl would be allowed to see who she wants, and Lynette feels that's wrong.

"Where is the best interest of the children?" she said.

The 6-year-old girl is with her father, whose whereabouts are not known.

Two other people charged in this case are serving six months probation.
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