FAIRFIELD (CBS/AP) – A school board candidate in Fairfield has acknowledged she was once arrested for abducting four girls from a bus stop in 1998.

Our CBS affiliate in Sacramento reports that that 70-year-old Alvina Sheeley spent more than a year in a federal psychiatric hospital after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to four counts of abduction.

The former teacher is on the November ballot for a spot on the Fairfield-Suisun board.

Sheeley said she was under “mental duress” at the time of the abductions, when she tried to gain custody of a child whom she knew through family in her hometown of Alton, Ill.

After the girl’s mother refused to give her custody, Sheeley took four different girls, ages 8 to 12.

Sheeley said she meant no harm.

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Comments (2)
  1. Don Wright says:

    She abducted four different girls, and “meant no harm”? That’s so mendacious, that she ought to aspire to political office.