The father of a 16-year-old Arizona boy ‘kidnapped’ by his doomsday-obsessed mother because she thought he was key to the second coming has asked an Alaskan judge for leniency – telling him she took her spiritual beliefs ‘a little bit too far.’
Ben Thibaudeau flew to Fairbanks, Alaska, to reunite with his son, Blaze, after his estranged wife Spring Thibaudeau was arrested last week at the Alcan Port of Entry – along with her brother Brook Hale.
She is being held at a jail in Fairbanks on a $500,000 bond. Both she and her brother face custodial interference charges and are awaiting extradition to Arizona to face criminal charges.
Ben was permitted to speak to the judge in Spring’s case by phone.
‘She’s a very spiritual person but she just took it a little bit too far,’ he said in a recording of the conversation. ‘She assumes the end of the world was going to happen this weekend, and obviously it’s not. So they’re all realizing that they’ve got to go back and reassess things that they’ve been reading.’
But the judge expressed concern, stating that her beliefs regarding the end of the world were ‘delusional’ – and refused to lower the $500,000 bond.
Pictured: Ben Thibaudeau, who filed for divorce, flew to Fairbanks to reunite with their son, Blaze, 16, who was allegedly kidnapped by their mother, Spring Thibaudeau
Spring Thibaudeau (pictured) become obsessed with the Second Coming of Christ. She is facing custodial interference charges and is being held on a $500,000 bond
Blaze Thibaudeau, 16, was taken to the Alaska- Canada border by his religous fanatical mother. He was found safely on Friday by state troopers along with his 23-year-old sister, Abigail Snarr
The judge told Spring’s husband, ‘whether they be spiritually based or organically based, she took extreme action to remove the child illegally from Arizona.’
State troopers found Blaze and his sister Abigail Snarr, 23, at the Alcan Port of Entry near the Alaska-Canada border on Friday.
The saga began on October 27 when Ben reported his son missing.
The worried father had been granted temporary sole custody. He said his estranged wife had recently bought thousands of dollars of survival gear and cut off all communication because she believes their son has been chosen by God.
He told East Idaho News: ‘They see him as a Davidic servant (chosen individual) who plays a significant role in the Savior’s return.
‘They feel they needed to take him to an undisclosed location where he would receive his calling and understand his role in the Second Coming.
‘I fear for his safety, especially if my son is contentious, rebellious or belligerent. I fear that my brother-in-law would restrain him or do something that would incapacitate him.’
Snarr’s husband Brayden said his wife and her uncle had tried to convince him to come with them to Idaho and even bought him a plane ticket to Boise Airport.
Last Monday, she called him and said she needed to go to the hospital. But when he returned to their Gilbert home he found her packing and babbling about the Second Coming.
He told the outlet: ‘The apartment was a mess. She had gone and purchased a bunch of hunting and utility camping gear from Sportsman’s Warehouse. And in utter shock, she told me that it’s time for us to leave and that I needed to go with her.’
Abi told her husband that she had purchased flights from from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Idaho, where her uncle would be ready to greet them.
He also detailed how he initially went along with his wife’s outlandish claims and even stocked up on two years’ worth of food.
He said: ‘I was comfortable doing it because I think preparedness is something that we should strive for.
‘But over time, it started to get more and more, for lack of a better term, radical. It started to get more deep, and she connected with a bunch of different individuals with similar beliefs.’
The family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, but Blaze ‘is in no way a supporter’ of his mother’s beliefs, his dad said
He revealed the family would talk for hours about the Second Coming and that Abi even questioned him about leaving their home if it became necessary.
‘My response to her was yes, if we were to be invaded by another country or our lives were in jeopardy, I would obviously not be in Phoenix in my apartment. I would leave — thinking that’s what she meant by that.
‘But her beliefs continued to spiral down and down to the point where on Monday morning she said, “It’s time to go.”’
After discovering her gone, he informed Blaze’s father that their ‘worst nightmare’ had come true.
Ben, who is the Vice President of International Sales at wellness company Plexus Worldwide, said his wife had brought their daughter in on her end-of-days conspiracy obsession which led to Snarr to begin stockpiling medical supplies.
Of his wife, he added: ‘She started spending a significant amount of money on food prep.
‘She was buying a lot of winter gear, even though we live in Arizona. She was buying tents. She was convinced that the saints would have to gather in the last days up in the mountains, and she was preparing for that.’
The family were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, but Spring’s religious zealotry grew when she began attending energy healing sessions.
The mom-of-two began having dreams about the end of the world which she took to be prophecies.
At the same time Hale wrote a two-page ‘last will and testament’ to his children, withdrew $50,000 in cash, and began dividing up his assets.
Ben feared that his wife’s brother could become aggressive, adding: ‘I’m very concerned about that my son is in danger and that his uncle could be the aggressor if things don’t go the right way.’
Blaze was discovered along with his sister Abi (left) and his uncle Brooke Hale (right), who is Spring’s brother
Blaze’s father described him as ‘your typical teenager, and all he wants to do is hang out with friends and be on his phone’, and said his son worked hard to gain a place on his high school football team and would never leave with games still to be played
He added that his son had never shown any interest in his mother’s conspiracies and he did not believe he would have gone willingly.
It is thought Spring may have signed him out of school under the premise he was being taken on a birthday trip.
‘He is in no way a supporter of anything she’s ever believed,’ he said.
‘He is your typical teenager, and all he wants to do is hang out with friends and be on his phone. He’s on the football team and has worked so hard to be on that football team. They still have games left this season. There’s no way that he would he would have gone along with it.’
The alleged abduction came after Blaze’s parents decided to separate. However, they had still been eating dinner and attending church as a family.
It bears eerie similarities to the behavior of ‘Doomsday cult’ mom Lori Vallow who was obsessed with the apocalypse and moved her children to the state to be with religious fantasist Chad Daybell.