Kansas father fighting for his daughters, claims ex-wife held kids for 18 months, brainwashed them

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) –Two Topeka teens are safe tonight after going missing 18-months ago.

The two girls were found in Utah with their mother, and now their father here in Kansas wants them back.

“What are we going to do when they are found? The first thing we are going to do is we are going to love them,” said an emotional Brian Wolferts.

It’s been a long 18-months of worrying and devastation for Brian. While visiting their mother Michelle Wolferts in Utah for the summer in July of 2014, Danielle and Sydney disappeared for 18-months.

“We’ll we got a call early Sunday morning and at first it was completely surreal. We had been waiting to hear this news for so long,” said Brian.

The girls were discovered in an apartment with their mother Sunday after a 9-1-1 tip.

“I don’t think that their mother has thought about their needs.”

He claims his ex-wife hid the girls and cut them off from human communication, with the exception of several YouTube clips and videos sent to Doctor Phil.

“We want our dad to stop trying to control us and stop telling hurtful lies,” said one of the girls in the recording.

“I wanted them to feel that they had a choice,” said Michelle Wolferts, tells KSTU in Salt Lake City Utah.

Michelle is referring to their father moving them to Kansas and accusing Brian of abuse — physical, sexual, and emotional.

Brian says he has never abused his children and says Michelle is the abuser.

“I consider unquestionably brainwashing to be abuse,” Brian said.

Brian has spent six years under investigation in two different states, five different times by the Department for Children and Families. Each time he’s been cleared of all allegations against him.

Four years ago the court granted him full parental rights.

“In fact, I met this morning with the Department for Children and Families here in Kansas to open a case and decide what social services best they need to prepare for and so the process is starting.”

The girls’ mother was arrested by the Utah County Jail on custodial interference and housing assistance. She has seen been released on $250 bond.

Right now the girls are staying at a lock down facility because they are considered runaway risks. They will have their day in court Wednesday where a judge will hear their side of the story.

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