Christiane Judd could be returned to Long County soon as she voluntarily waived extradition requirements during a hearing last week in Erie County, N.Y., according to a statement released recently by Long County Detective Lt. Tom Sollosi.
He said Judd is scheduled to be returned via private inmate transport but added, “We don’t have a date or a time on that yet. We will know probably around 36 hours out and when I find out I’ll let everybody know.”
Sollosi said he learned from Buffalo, N.Y., authorities that Judd’s children are being represented by officials from the German consulate, who are making plans to return the children to Germany.
“Their father lives in Germany, their grandparents live in Germany and right now, that would be the ideal circumstance to have them go back to their family,” he said.
Once she arrives in Long County, Sollosi said Judd will be scheduled for her first appearance in front of a judge.
“At that point, she will have her bond set by a judge,” he said. “Because she did flee prosecution and the jurisdiction of the court, her bond could be set extremely high to prevent this from happening again. The court will advise her of the charges, set the bond and then she will be returned back to jail to wait her court date.”
Judd faces charges of cruelty to animals, making false statements — both felonies — and giving a false name — a misdemeanor — for her alleged involvement in the deaths and improper disposal of animals once housed at her animal rescue, Loonie Farms.
On May 16, animal-rescue groups discovered countless animal remains in various stages of decomposition after Judd, also known as Christiane Babic, announced she was closing the facility for good.
“The Long County Sheriff’s Office acknowledges the great assistance and cooperative efforts of many domestic and international law enforcement and judicial agencies who have contributed to the apprehension and arrest of Christiane Judd,” Sollosi said. “I would like to specifically thank the United States Marshal’s Service, United States Border and Customs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Canada Border Services Agency, Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Buffalo P.D. and the many other law-enforcement agencies who were vigilant to search for and pursue this offender.”