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the place where it all began, here in charleston. but this time she would be at the federal courthouse, charged with international parental kidnapping and two counts of passport fraud, crimes that could put lee behind bars for 23 years. lee was denied bail while awaiting trial. prosecutor nathan williams: >> it's not complicated. you can't take the law into your own hands and... and flee the country with a child, because you don't like the result from a divorce hearing. >> reporter: lee acknowledges she broke the law by getting those fake passports, but says she is not guilty of kidnapping. you do not think that you broke the law by taking her out of the country? >> no, the law was broken when a corrupt court system took that baby from me and took her mother away from her. >> reporter: in your mind, you did not kidnap her. >> she's my daughter. >> reporter: but you did not have the legal right to take her out of the country. >> legal right be damned.
>> reporter: but after five months in jail, lee realized she didn't have the money or the firepower to fight the u.s. government. she pled guilty to all three charges, including kidnapping. she was sentenced to 21 months in prison, with credit for time served. for the man who had searched for her, it was a disappointing sentence. >> what about harris' side, the father's side? she took the law in her own hands and denied the father of 20 years of ever seeing his daughter. >> reporter: have you ever, for one moment, thought, "maybe i should have let her know harris todd?" >> no. >> reporter: no remorse about cheating him out of 20 years with his daughter? >> none. >> reporter: lee says time has proven she was not who harris said she was. >> there's nothing wrong with me. i've never done anything violent. i've raised two amazingly healthy, intelligent children who are happy. so, who is telling the truth,
and who's lying? >> reporter: sam had some questions of her own. she wrote an eight-page letter to harris. >> just telling him that i can have the most amazing relationship with him as long as i am 100% sure there's no revenge, there's no spite, there's no nothing. >> reporter: sam says all she wanted was the truth: why harris said her mom was violent. >> there was no response to that. >> reporter: instead, harris wrote he was pleased to hear she had done well on her exams. has there ever been any response? a year would pass. sam was finally ready to meet harris... >> her relationship... >> reporter: ...a meeting harris had imagined when we spoke to him back in 1999. >> i would tell who i am and hug her. >> reporter: it didn't quite turn out like that. they met at harris' home. >> he held out his hand to shake my hand, and i thought, "well, i'm not quite comfortable with that.
i'd rather give a hug." and it was just a surreal experience, almost. >> reporter: sam says harris took her on a 2.5-hour tour of his house, showing off his prized possessions. lee's friend, retired judge myron johnson, accompanied sam. >> i really was very shocked that the conversation was not about he and samantha and the years that they have missed, and how they could go from here... >> i think we were both a little awkward. >> reporter: they have not seen each other since, but sam says she remains open to a relationship, as long as harris understands one thing. >> there is no way i'm letting go of my mom. i have been very lenient with him and all the stuff that he has said, and i want to know if he will be the same with me when this comes out. >> reporter: last may, lee barnett was released from jail on two years' probation, back into the lives of family and
friends she had left all those years ago. >> and then this is where we did that. it's an amazing experience to have your best friend disappear for 20 years and come back. >> she is just overwhelmed with friendship. >> all of our childhood memories are all coming back. she's not going to go anywhere, as far as i'm concerned. >> reporter: at this point, lee is not allowed to leave the united states. so, with the help of "48 hours," her kids came to her. reece was a total surprise... ( laughter and applause ) >> the first time i got to hug her after she got out of prison, she never let go of me. she just... i think she cried. >> reporter: ...and sam hadn't seen her mother in nine months. >> my mother and i have this incredible thing to know that we love each other, and a continent
or an ocean isn't going to separate us. >> reporter: over two decades ago, lee barnett married harris todd, hoping to have a happy life together. instead, it became a marriage measured in loss. a father lost 20 years with his daughter; a mother lost her home, her friends and her family. a story of hurt, anger and despair, but also a story of love. but also of love. >> "dear savanna, i just want to let you know how loved you are. you and i will be fine. more than fine, really. we'll be great, and we'll get through this. please always know that having you is the most important thing in my entire life. you will always be my little girl. we've made it. sweet dreams. love, mommy." captioning sponsored by cbs
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>> ♪ >> from the cbs broadcast center in philadelphia, this is cbs3 "eyewitness news." >> right now on "eyewitness news," temple takedown. the fall in the aac championship game to the cougars of houston. oh, boy, good evening everyone, i'm natasha brown. the owls made a game out of it, though. in the fourth quarter but just didn't have quite enough today. lesley van arsdale is here to tell us a little bit about what happened. we're still proud of them. >> this was a very good season. temple owls have been such a pleasant surprise. a 10 and two record and today they had a chance to win their first conference championship in almost 50 years when they faced houston in the american athletic conference championship game. matt rhule's team came out slow never recovered after a pj walker interception and the cougars capitalized. web punching it in from the web.
the home team took the lead and never looked back. ward named m.v.p. houston beat temple 24 to 13. here is pat gallen with the postgame report. >> reporter: the temple owls have had their best season in history but a championship was out of reach after falling to houston 24 to 13. >> we've been through so much as a team and it just -- it just sucks to come all the way, you know what i mean, come all this way and come up short. >> reporter: solid defense did their best to keep temple in the game. it was the offense that offered little help. with two first half turnoversovers owls were behind from the start. >> we had some setbacks. once you have a physeter will setbacks the crowd gets going and they have more energy. >> reporter: the message was overall this season has been a positive. >> just to be able here, be where we are now compared to
two years ago when we were two and 10, and not being able to go to a bowl game it's great to see the growth. >> disappointed yes. we jump stepped c and went from b to d and i'm proud of them. >> reporter: in the end greg ward jr. and company were too much for temple to handle. instead of going to the peach bowl it appears temple will be on to something less like the birmingham bowl on december 30th but the owls in houston -- with the owls in houston pat gallen eyewitness sports. >> nothing to be ashamed about. a lot of schools would love to have a 10 win season and program has come such a long way. hopefully matt rhule will be sticking around for a long time. we'll find out what bowl game they'll play tomorrow afternoon. >> can't wait for that. thank you lez see. temple fans cheered on the owls. they are very proud despite the loss today. "eyewitness news" reporter rahel solomon has that part of our story tonight. >> reporter: supporters at
the piazza watched closely. and cheered loudly as temple took on the university of houston saturday. >> we're all fired up. the boys are fired up and i'm feeling optimistic. >> reporter: the optimistic highs were unfortunately met with disappointing lows. >> i think we he should have given it to jihad more. >> reporter: while many held out hope, temple lost 24 to 13. >> going into it with the mentality that they might be able to come back since they are, you know, known as the second half team this year but it just wasn't there this year in this game unfortunately. >> it wasn't their best game we all know that. they had a really good season. kind of tough to end the season way loss. >> reporter: while temple lost the american league congress championship they can look forward to a bowl game. outgoing seniors say the team should be proud. >> it's been great from my freshman to senior year to see how much progress temple has made and it's made students feel so proud to be here.
>> reporter: and a lot of people of course talking about coach matt rhule saying they're pleased with what he lab able to do and 33 hope all this momentum that's been created can carry over into next season. reporting at temple university, rahel solomon cbs3 "eyewitness news." >> a tough break for the owls. on the plus side it was a gorgeous day here in philadelphia. meteorologist lauren casey is in our weather center to tell us if we're going the like the rest of the weekend. >> i think you'll love it. if you liked today tomorrow is going to be even a touch better but right now a chill settling in across center city philadelphia with a clear sky and the calm wind, temperatures cooling very efficiently so we're down 38 degrees right now and in your neighborhood network temperatures even chillier. 30 right now in medford at the freezing mark in bethlehem. still 37 in little creek delaware. storm scan3 showing us the clear sky conditions in effect, really not a cloud to see and that's how we'll keep it as we head into the overnight period and for tomorrow as well, another day of abundant sunshine but
temperatures going to be even warmer running about 10 degrees above average. cooler as we look ahead towards tuesday with a few more clouds but that cooldown will be brief because we'll be unseasonably mild once again it looks like as we head into the end of next week. i'll have all the details on your warm december forecast coming up in just a couple of minutes. >> all right, thank you. american crewemergency crewd two people from cooper river. the crash happened about 3:30 this morning. police tell "eyewitness news" the victims suffered minor injuries. the cause of the crash is still under investigation. also a man is fighting for his life tonight after a double stabbing in center city. it happened on the corner of 13th and walnut streets at about 4 o'clock this morning. police say one victim was stabbed in the stomach. he ran to 17th and walnut before collapsing on the sidewalk. first responders rushed him to the hospital in critical condition. a second man was also stabbed
and took a taxi to the hospital. police say the suspect is a black plan in hi man in his ears 5-foot seven with a medium build. he's still on the loose. protests in chicago after the city released documents tied to the deadly shooting of a black teen. video of the shooting tells a very different story than the reports filed by responding officers. cbs correspondent brian web has more. >> reporter: protesters hit the streets of chicago saturday claiming a coverup after a black teenager was gunned down by a white police officer. >> this is not an attack on the chicago police department but this is an attack on policies, the procedures, the coverups, the brotherhood that is affecting so many lives. >> reporter: this video shows 17-year-old laquan mcdonald moving away from police before being shot 16 times in 14 seconds by officer jason van dyk. but van dyk and at least four other officers wrote in their
reports that mcdonald's was moving toward them swinging the knife in an aggressive exaggerated manner and at least two claim that after mcdonald was shot, he was attempting to get up while still armed with the knife. the chicago police department first ruled the shooting was justifiable homicide now van dyk is facing murder charges. on tuesday, mayor rahm emanuel fired the city's police superintendent. >> we want the police culture cleaned up. those who saw it and those who with the information should be a part of the condemnation. >> reporter: some believe the changes should go even further and are now calling for emanuel's own resignation. in new york, brian web for cbs3 "eyewitness news." >> well, president obama will address the nation tomorrow night in the wake of the san bernadino massacre. the white house says the president will deliver a prime time speech about the steps the government is taking to keep americans safe. you can see it right here on
cbs3. meantime there are new developments on the investigation. this morning fbi agents raided a home belonging to a friend of syed farook one of the two suspects in the deadly rampage. investigators say the man purchased two assault rifles used in the shooting that killed 14 people. >> step out of the house, step out of the door and they wouldn't so then that's when he stepped out of his car and he met up with someone else on the yard and then maybe 10 minutes later that's when i heard the windows crashing, the garage door being torn, its breaking in by the law enforcement. >> the fbi's investigation is also now focusing on farook and his wife, tashfeen malik's ti to terrorist organizations. of course keep it right here on "eyewitness news" for continuing coverage of the san bernadino massacre. you can get the latest on the investigation any time on our web site cbsphilly.com. now our region is remembering some of philadelphia's fallen heroes this weekend.
a motorcade of 150 police officers volunteers and the families of fallen officers all visited 54 cemeteries today. the starting point was the fop lodge in the northeast. they placed blue wreaths on the graves of police officers who were killed in the line of duty. the officers' families began making those wreaths last year. >> made up wreaths, christmas wreaths for 14 of our fallen who are up at resurrection cemetery in bensalem. the response coming back after the wreaths were placed was overwhelming in support of this, and this year the families decided to take this and do it for all 274 of our officers who have made the supreme sacrifice. >> organizers hope to make this an annual tradition. stay with us everyone. still to come tonight on "eyewitness news," pluto as we never have seen it before. see the incredible closeup images coming up a bit later on in our newscast. plus, the one easy step
that parents can take the doctors say could save their newborn's life. lauren. >> more unseasonably mild temperatures in store as we take a swing at 60 tomorrow and i'll have all the details in your "eyewitness news" forecast just after this. >> ♪ this holiday, ford america's best-selling brand is giving you more. the ford holiday sales event... with 0% financing for 60 months on 2015 f-150 and focus and 2016 fusion and escape. plus 1,000 dollars holiday bonus cash on 2015 focus and 2016 fusion and escape. it's the best gift ever. now during the ford holiday sales event get 0% financing for 60 months plus 1,000 dollars holiday bonus cash on select vehicles. see your local ford dealer.
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the animal welfare organization held a grand opening celebration at its new location on the 1500 block of frankford avenue. some of the fun activities included children learning how to treat dogs and cats humanely. this is the pennsylvania spca's first satellite location in the city of philadelphia. >> we've la few adoptions today but more importantly we've had hundreds of adoptions in the few months that we've been opened before today. we're also doing vaccine clinics here. we're doing dog training classes, humane education so today is a great day. >> the pennsylvania spca says the goal of the expansion is to save more lives of animals. now an early holiday gift for the people swindled by bernie madoff. the trustee of his firm began distributing $1.9 billion yesterday to the victims of madoff's record pose ponzi scheme. the tote tail payout now reaching more than 9 billion. madoff pleaded guilty in 2009 and is serving 150 year prison
term. turning to the health watch tonight. scientists believe parents may be able to significantly cut the risk for sudden infant death syndrome with easy steps, one easy step in particular. researchers in boston say newborns should always be put to sleep on their backs. and they also claim that a campaign against putting babies to sleep on their stomach has contributed to a 71 percent drop in sids over 30 years. other factors include better neo natal care and increased breastfeeding. meantime a new treatment is also now helping morbidly obese americans. it's called gastric artery embolization. researchers in dayton ohio they used the technique to block the main blood artery to the stomach is suppressing an appetite hormone. they say early weight loss results are encouraging. and it's also going to be a great holiday season for needy children in this area thanks to your generosity.
dozens of people brought new unwrapped toys to the montgomery mall to help build a mountain of toys. this is the 16th year our sister station 92.5wxtu organized this special toy drive and everyone was just happy to help out. >> i'm a nurse and the real spirit of christmas is really about helping people and people especially children in need and kids getting a gift for christmas is really important. all of us that have everything we need, it's just more junk where for these kids it could change their lives. >> a huge truck parade kicked off today's big event and look who was there leading it, santa, along with the toy mountain that followed. our joy of sharing toy fest campaign, it is well under way now. buy a new unwrapped toy and bring it to one of our drop-off locations. you can find a list of locations at our web site cbsphilly.com/toy fest. so good to see all those toys building up out there in our lobby. >> so nice. >> keep them coming. >> really gets you in the
holiday spirit, the giving, the charity but the weather. >> the weather it's like this is december? >> yes. it doesn't even feel like it. not holiday spirit, trees going up everywhere and temperatures are very mild and we're going to stay mild and even warm things up as we head into our sunday but getting a live look on skycam3 center city philadelphia, a starry night tonight with clear sky conditions but we're getting a little chilly under that clear sky but certainly not too wintry feeling, even though we are in a winter countdown, just one day until hanukkah, 10 days until our average high temperature is 40 degrees. 17 days. only 17 days until the official start of winter and 20 days, i can i know it's a little scary, until the christmas holiday, but temperatures after our second warmest november in philadelphia on record are starting off very mild for the month of december. all of our days so far above average and well above average in some cases. today we came in about 3 degrees above average but with the clear skies, calm
winds, temperatures are able to cool very efficiently something we call radiational cooling. we're down to 38 degrees right now in philadelphia, 20 in mount pocono after topping at 50 degrees today and we're at the freezing mark in atlantic city and overnight tonight it will be a little chilly, down to 36 degrees but that's right around average for us actually a few degrees above average. clear skies, winds will be calm so no wind chill impact and then tomorrow check it out. another awesome december day. sunny skies, light winds and high temperatures getting close to 60 degrees. that's about 10 degrees above average for us. storm scan3 showing us clear sky conditions not just in the delaware valley but up and down the eastern seaboard. northeast looking good, just a few passing clouds with high pressure in control through the day tomorrow we're going to reinforce that sunshine so future weather showing us as we head throughout the day just a few clouds up wind heading into the evening hours. still looking good. we wake up monday morning again to clear sky can conditions. then we will see a few late day clouds starting to push in
especially down the shore as we head into the monday evening hours but very quiet conditions in the short range and looking good to celebrate hanukkah which starts tomorrow evening. 50 degrees, clear and calm, perfect to ring in the holiday and perfect can conditions to head outdoors tomorrow, going for a hike in the poconos, 50 degrees. feeling mild, sunshine down the shore 55 degrees with sunny skies so just a beautiful day all across the area. 54 degrees still above average on monday. a few late day clouds. we're cooler by tuesday, 49 degrees. but that's still above average for us. do have a chance at seeing an isolated shower mainly well south and east of the city of philadelphia early in the morning on tuesday. and then we keep things dry into wednesday and thursday eventually warming up to mid-50's on thursday. look at the start potentially of next weekends. near 60 degrees. >> wow. >> again. >> that's amazing. >> we're not complaining. >> i like it. >> soak it all in. >> enjoy it while i can. winter's coming. thank you lauren. all right.
big game tomorrow. >> at least the weather is something to look forward to. >> we got to look forward to that. >> eagles looking to end their three game losing streak but 33 just have to beat the defending super bowl champion the patriots. plus could the flyers make it five straight wins? sports is next.
>> the eagles have got to break this losing streak. >> they have sam bradford back. that's good news but 33 do face new england. despite losing three in a row the birds just one game out of the nfc east lead which actually says a lot about their division. they must beat the best quarterback in the game, tom brady last week who went 23 of 42 for 284 yards three touchdowns and an overtime loss to the broncos. in the game brady tied dan marino for the third most passing touchdowns with 420. he says the pats are just looking to rebound.
>> i think we all want to get back out there because it's been a long time since we lost a meaningful game and it just -- it -- it just sucks, so i'm glad we're not in a position, you know, where we're -- it is always hard to win especially going on the road against good teams and you got to play really well and, you know, when that game ends, you got to as fast as you can turn the page and move on. >> and we will get you ready for the battle between the birds and the patrios tomorrow at 11:30 on sunday kickoff. i'll be in the studio and sports director don bell will be live from foxboro. that's tomorrow at 11:30 right here on cbs3. well as we told you at the top of the newscast the temple owls chance to play in a new year's bowl game was derailed when they lost to houston. after pj walker interception houston waste flowed time getting on the scoreboard. devon web taking it in from the one. the owls trailed by seven. second quarter houston once again beats up the temple
defense. ward calling his own number making a couple nice moves. gone 47 yards to the house. temple trailing 73 to three at the half. in the third quarter ward continued to run right through the owls defense. a 10-yard run for his second touchdown of the game. ward had 237 all purpose yards. he was named the game m.v.p. houston took home the championship 24 to 13 the final but temple head coach matt rhule so proud of his team. >> thought they fought back into the game, la chance to make it a one score game. couple plays got away from us but for our kids to win 10 games, to beat penn state, to bring college game day to philadelphia, to do the things that they've done to know that they're going a bowl game i couldn't be more proud. >> the flyers have been on a roll lately winning four straight as they took on columbus down at the center to the second period, michael raffl beat sergei bobrovsky. blue jackets came back.
nick got the pass. shot beat steve mason. columbus back up by two. flyers down a man blue jackets with the puck no one on scott hartnell. he scores against his former team. the blue jackets win four to one. now to hoops sixers taking on the denver nuggets playing an afternoon game at the center. jahlil okafor sitting out for the second game of his suspension for off court issues. sixers welcomed back tony wroten into the lineup out for almost a year with a torn acl. fourth quarter sixers with the lead. covering ton making the 3-pointer to give the sixers a five-point lead. he led the team with 18 points. that lead cut to a basket. jameer nelson hit the jump shot to tie up the game. then nelson drove baseline making a nice pass to galinari who scored. the nuggets beat the sixers 108 to 105. to college hoops fran dunphy's temple owls on the road taking on wisconsin in a long day for fran and the owls.
badgers went on a 19 and two run on the first half to take control of the game. hayes scoring 18 points. wisconsin beat temple 76 to 60. so not a good day on north broad street. i feel like all i have is bad news. >> i know. >> i'm sorry. >> it's got to get better. >> tomorrow hopefully. >> yes, tomorrow, yes. keep this holiday, ford america's best-selling brand is giving you more. the ford holiday sales event... with 0% financing for 60 months on 2015 f-150 and focus and 2016 fusion and escape. plus 1,000 dollars holiday bonus cash on 2015 focus and 2016 fusion and escape. it's the best gift ever. now during the ford holiday sales event get 0% financing for 60 months plus 1,000 dollars holiday bonus cash on select vehicles. see your local ford dealer. it's the holidays. which means a house full of people -- who all want to get online. so it's the perfect time for verizon fios. it has the fastest internet and wifi available.
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