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Man Accused Of Abducting Kids On Boat Due In Court

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The yacht Unleashed was stolen from the Ballena Isle Marina in Alameda on September 4, 2012. Police suspect 43-year-old Christopher Maffei stole the yacht and kidnapped his two children. (Latitude 38)

The yacht Unleashed was stolen from the Ballena Isle Marina in Alameda on September 4, 2012. Police suspect 43-year-old Christopher Maffei stole the yacht and kidnapped his two children. (Latitude 38)

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A California man accused of kidnapping his two children and taking them on a stolen yacht for three days is due back in a San Mateo County courtroom.

Christopher Maffei is scheduled to appear in court Monday after not entering a plea last week to several charges including kidnapping, child endangerment and burglary.

The 43-year-old Maffei is accused of forcibly taking his 3-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son from their grandmother on Sept. 4 while the children’s mother was in court seeking a restraining order against him.

Authortieis say Maffei took a stolen yacht from an Alameda marina and headed south along California’s coast.

The Coast Guard, FBI and police caught up with Maffei near Monterey after a fisherman reported seeing him in the stolen vessel.

Maffei has said he felt that his children were not safe at their mother’s home.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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