Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife charged with trying to abduct his kids before Father’s Day
BY MICHAEL LANSU Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org June 19, 2012 4:20PM
Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade | AP
Updated: July 21, 2012 6:23AM
NBA superstar Dwyane Wade wanted to spend all of Father’s Day with his sons.
But his ex-wife allegedly delayed their trip to Miami to be with him — and now she’s charged with child abduction, and he’s trying to suspend her visitation rights.
The kids did make it to Miami by 6 a.m. Sunday, but Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, 30, of the 1600 block of East 158th Street in unincorporated Dolton, was charged with two counts each of attempted child abduction and unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest in connection with the incident Saturday, Cook County Sheriff’s police spokesman Frank Bilecki said. All the charges are misdemeanors. On Tuesday, Dwyane Wade filed an emergency motion to suspend Funches-Wade’s visitation rights with the couple’s two children.
“Sadly, it is the second time an occurrence with my boys took place on Father’s Day,” Wade said in a statement. “I am happy they are now here safely in Miami with me.”
The couple was divorced in 2010, and Wade was awarded custody of the boys in March 2011. The court battle then was so bitter that even the judge referred to its impact on the boys as “the saddest thing.”
Dwyane Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin, said the boys, ages 10 and 5, were visiting their mother in Chicago and were to be turned over to Dwyane Wade’s sister about noon Saturday so they could fly back to Miami for Father’s Day and Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.
But Funches-Wade did not answer her phone or doorbell when the sister arrived and police were called to the home, Pritikin said.
Sheriff’s police were unable to enter the property, which is surrounded by a 10-foot high fence, Bilecki said. A neighbor let police onto their property, where deputies could see over the fence and that the children were safe.
“We played a waiting game and she eventually came out,” Bilecki said. “She was placed in handcuffs and then pulled back and started swinging arms towards the officers.”
Another woman in the house, 35-year-old Nadgee Alarcon, then came out of the home and tried to pull Funches-Wade back behind the gate, Bilecki said. Alarcon was charged with one count of resisting/obstructing arrest.
Funches-Wade told police she suffers from asthma and was short of breath, Bilecki said. She was taken to St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center in Hammond, Ind., where she was treated and then charged.
The children were turned over to the sister and arrived in Maimi early Sunday morning for Father’s Day, Pritikin said. The boys attended Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which Miami won 91-85. Wade finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
“That’s what mattered most to me, getting them here to be with me on Father’s Day,” Wade told the Associated Press. He said the incident has not adversely affected his play in the championship series.
On Tuesday, Pritikin appeared in court for the emergency motion, which in part read: “Once again S.L. [Funches-Wade] used the minor children as the proverbial pawns in this contentious dissolution of marriage action.”
The documents also accuse Alarcon of hitting one of the children in the head during the visit.
Funches-Wade appeared in court Monday, where she was allowed to leave after she was given a $10,000 I-Bond and issued an August 15 court date in Markham, Bilecki said.
Pritikin said Funches-Wade allegedly attempted to keep the children from their father on Father’s Day 2010.
“It takes two parents to raise children,” Pritikin said. “And those parents have to be a team. And Mr. Wade has always taken the position that he needs Ms. Wade healthy as a partner in helping him raise these boys.”
Dwyane Wade, 30, was born in Chicago and attended Richards High School in Oak Lawn and Marquette University before being drafted by the Miami Heat with the fifth overall pick in 2003.
Neither Funches-Wade nor her attorneys could be reached for comment. Her attorneys have asked to be removed from the case, Pritikin said.