A San Jose resident arrested Monday on suspicion of kidnapping his grandchildren from Tennessee 20 years ago will return to the state after waiving extradition today in Santa Clara County Superior Court.Marvin Maple, 73, who went by the name John Bunting while living in San Jose, appeared briefly in court this afternoon wearing jail garb and waived his right to an extradition hearing in Santa Clara County. Mark Baskin, the children’s father, was working on his masters thesis in theology in 1988 in Louisville, Ky., Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Goodman said.His two older children, 7-year-old Robert “Bobby” Baskin and 8-year-old Katherine “Christi” Baskin, were sent to live with their grandparents, Maple and his wife, to take the burden off of Baskin while he was studying, according to Goodman.The youngest child, 5-year-old Michael, remained with his parents, Goodman said.Maple and his wife, Sandra Maple, who passed away in May 2005, then made allegations of abuse against Baskin, but the investigation into the allegations showed no indication of abuse.
The Maples were awarded temporary custody of Bobby and Christie while the situation was sorted out, and allegedly took their grandchildren from Tennessee moving out west on March 1, 1989, Goodman said.Marvin Maple apparently took on his alias with his wife and grandchildren taking the Bunting name and ended up living in South San Jose until Monday, when he was arrested.The Baskin children, now 27 and 28 years old, have also been living in San Jose, according to police. San Jose police were notified by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office of a tip indicating that Maple was living in San Jose, police Officer Jermaine Thomas said. Police located Maple and took him into custody. He remained in Santa Clara County jail on no-bail status until today, when he waived extradition during a hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court.Maple will now be returned to Tennessee to face charges, Goodman said.The parents of the Baskin children are scheduled to speak Friday at 10 a.m. during a news conference at the San Jose Police Department, Room 314, 201 W. Mission St. in San Jose. Police Chief Rob Davis and Rutherford County sheriff’s officials are also scheduled to make remarks, Goodman said.
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