Miami Heat guard, Dwayne Wade’s ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches-Wade has been charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest. All of these charges are misdemeanors. Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin, filed an emergency motion today, hours before Game 4 of the NBA Finals, in which Wade is asking a Chicago judge to suspend Siohvaughn’s right to visitation with their two boys, Zaire and Zion. The couple divorced back in 2010 and Dwayne was awarded custody in March 2011.
In his motion Dwayne stated,
Once again, S.L. has used our minor children as the proverbial pawns in this contentious dissolution of marriage action,” Wade wrote in the filing, using initials to protect identities but referring to his ex-wife. “This court must take action to protect our minor children from further exposure to the present environment S.L. creates while they are in her care and preventing S.L. from exercising her parenting time in a manner that is harmful to our children.
The minor children have been subjected to great deal of drama/trauma as a result of S.L.’s conduct.”
The Associated Press reported:
According to the court filings, the two boys were to be picked up by Wade’s sister around noon Saturday so they could make a 3:05 p.m. flight from Chicago to Miami so they could be in South Florida for the entirety of Father’s Day.
Wade’s sister got no response at the home, and after “several hours” the sheriff’s office was called to send someone to the scene, according to the filing. It also said Funches-Wade attempted to leave the home without the children when one of the responding deputies tried taking her into custody. The boys, at that time, were with Alarcon inside the home, according to the filing.
Wade eventually hired a private jet to bring his sons home early Sunday, and upon their arrival, his older son told him that Alarcon “smacked him on the head,” according to court records.
Records show Funches-Wade was transferred to a hospital after the incident on Saturday. She told officers she was experiencing shortness of breath and thought she was having an asthma attack.
Siohvaughn posted her $10K bail and has a hearing in August.