2 indicted, accused of taking children to Saudi Arabia

“The kids will grow up in Saudi Arabia until they are 18, and if they want to go to visit America they can because nobody can use the court to force them to stay there against their will.”

That was the alleged message Majed Sayed sent his estranged wife and mother of their three children, Jessica Socling, 33, of Jersey Shore, after he allegedly conspired with a female friend to remove the three boys from the U.S. in November 2013, according to a federal grand jury indictment Thursday in U.S. Middle District Court.

Sayed and Cori Lyn Mancuso each face charges of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy in a plot to remove the children, Muhammad, 8; Ibrahim, 8; and Elyas, 4, and fly them from Dulles International Airport, in Washington, D.C., to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the fall of 2013, according to Middle District Attorney Peter J. Smith.

The alleged conspirators planned for Sayed to take the children out of the U.S. to Saudi Arabia in order to circumvent and avoid requirements of a court order issued in Lycoming County granting primary custody to Socling, according to Smith.

Mancuso allegedly lied to the FBI about knowing the whereabouts of Sayed and the children saying Mancuso packed belongings in boxes at the 929 E. Fourth St. apartment Nov. 27 that year.

Mancuso allegedly told the federal agents that Sayed told her he was taking the children to “see some friends,” according to the indictment.

Mancuso allegedly traveled to Saudi Arabia on Dec. 7, 2013, to visit with Sayed and the children, according to the indictment. She was picked up at JFK International Airport in New York City April 1 by federal agents.

District Magistrate Judge William I. Arbuckle III said Thursday he was not sure when federal authorities would attempt to bring Sayed back to the U.S.

Mancuso remains on electronic monitoring and is staying with her parents in Stroudsburg after waiving a hearing before Arbuckle last week.