Date set for jury selection for woman’s kidnapping charge

A woman charged as an alleged accomplice in a kidnapping of three children to Saudi Arabia will have a jury selection and possible trial scheduled June 2 in U.S. Middle District Court.

Cori Lyn Mancuso faces charges of conspiracy and international parental kidnapping for which she has pleaded not guilty. A jury selection is scheduled before District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann.

Mancuso is alleged to have conspired with Majed Sayed in October-November of 2013 to take three sons belonging to Jessica Socling, of Jersey Shore.

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 U.S. Attorney for the Middle District Peter J. Smith.

Sayed and Mancuso each face the same charges in the alleged 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, Smith said.

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 also allegedly told the federal agents that Sayed told her he was taking the children to “see some friends,” according to a grand jury 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.

Mancuso remains on electronic monitoring ordered by District Magistrate Judge William I. Arbuckle III, and is staying with her parents in Stroudsburg. Sayed remains in Saudi Arabia, according to court documents.