Baylor Graduate Bart Critser Wins Custody Of Girls 11, 5, But Ex-Wife Is Hiding Them Out In Europe

Friday, February 22, 2019
Bart Critser is searching for Ebba and Silvia
Bart Critser is searching for Ebba and Silvia

A Baylor School graduate last summer won custody of his daughters, 11 and 5, in a court in Mississippi, but his Danish-born ex-wife took them on a trip to Denmark and he hasn't seen them since.


Bart Critser, who now lives in Houston, Tex., said he has since made several trips to Denmark and has won an order from the country's highest court saying Ebba and Silvia should be turned over to him.


The former Signal Mountain resident has since set up a website detailing his search for the daughters.


The couple were married for 10 years until the divorce last year.

Majken Trolle Wadum was allowed by a judge to take the children to Denmark to visit her mother, then she told Mr. Critser she and the girls would be staying in Denmark. She has been hiding out since then.


Mr. Critser, who has a consulting business, said the FBI, Danish Police, Interpol and the U.S. State Department are looking for them. There is an international warrant issued for Majken’s arrest.


He gave this timeline:


June 2017:  Majken trips and falls in the middle of a Copenhagen street. A passerby assisted taking them to her apartment. Silvia was wearing soiled diapers that had not been changed in perhaps days. Passerby cleaned Silvia up and reported Majken to social services.


June 2017: Bart Critser, upon receiving call from social services, flies to Denmark to bring Silvia to his parents’ home in Signal Mountain, Tenn., where Ebba (the second daughter (Silvia’s sister), then 9) was spending the summer.


August 2017: Bart files for divorce and files for full custody of his children due to the endangerment that Majken has time and again subjected them to due to her long-standing alcoholism. The girls start school on Signal Mountain where they are happy, well adjusted and allowed to be children.


September 2017: Judge Robert Whitwell forever changes the trajectory of these girls’ lives when he orders  them back to Mississippi to live with Majken (who, by then, had returned to Oxford.) Judge Whitwell orders joint-custody with Bart and held the passports of all four to prevent flight from the United States.


June 2018: Judge Whitwell grants Majken’s request to again travel to Denmark, this time with both daughters, during the month of July. He returns Majken’s passport to her, along with the passports of the girls. Bart’s legal team objects, stating that Majken is a clear flight risk, noting particularly that the children had indicated to Bart that they are “moving.” Judge Whitwell orders Majken to return to Mississippi with the children no later than Aug. 5.


August 5, 2018: Majken sends Bart an e-mail saying that she and the girls were staying in Denmark to start their new lives.


Sept. 11, 2018: Divorce finalized and full custody of the girls is granted to Bart.


Sept. 2018: Majken refuses to return to the United States with the girls. Bart travels to Denmark to begin the Hague Convention process.


Oct. 2018: Bart travels there again for court proceedings. The lower court rules that the children should return to the United States. Majken appeals to high court.


Dec./Jan. 2018/19: Bart travels there again twice for high court proceedings. High court judge orders a psychological evaluation of all four of them. A psychologist facilitates a session with Bart and the girls. This is the first time Bart is allowed to see his daughters since July 2018. Psychologist presents detailed report to high court judge.


Jan. 30, 2019: High court judge rules that the girls should return to the United States. Bart’s attorney requests a hand-over plan from Majken’s attorney by Feb. 4.


Feb. 6, 2019: Majken agrees for Bart to collect the girls on Feb. 6. Bart goes to her apartment – there is no answer at the door. Neighbors say they have not seen Majken and the girls in four days. Bart has made numerous attempts to find the girls. Danish police have searched the apartment. Majken’s mother and brother claim they do not know where she is. She has deleted her email account, her bank account and credit cards are frozen, Interpol has put a warning on her passport – and yet she has disappeared with the children without a trace.


More information can be found at the Bart Critser Search Website.

PHOTOS: Women's Rally At Miller Park Dampened By Rain

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Shooting Of Woman On Arlington Avenue Posted In Twitter Video; Pair Had Met For Fight After Facebook Dispute

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ALLEN, CORY TANNER 25 LINK RD CHATTANOOGA, 374051779 Age at Arrest: 29 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga Booked for Previous ... (click for more)

The shooting of a 30-year-old woman in the 800 block of Arlington Avenue on Thursday afternoon has been posted in a Twitter video. Chattanooga Police on Friday arrested Kuchava Moore, 31, for ... (click for more)

Breaking News

PHOTOS: Women's Rally At Miller Park Dampened By Rain

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ALLEN, CORY TANNER 25 LINK RD CHATTANOOGA, 374051779 Age at Arrest: 29 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- ALMOND, KORY LANE 1201 REEVES AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37412 Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: Red Bank Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) ... (click for more)


We Are Not Doing Enough To Help Our Troubled Kids

Suicide in teens is on the rise. What is going on and where are we slipping up? We find that it is more important to discuss politics, than it is to discuss children taking their own life. Bullying leads to depression, isolation, social media plays a big role in bullying, and these warning signs can lead to suicide. You cannot go on social media and not ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

NOT ALL ATHLETES ARE DUMB Many in our new generation may not know some of these former professional athletes but I remember them all. Back in the day, it was never hard to get a priceless quote that years later still make you laugh * -- Don Meredith, a former Dallas Cowboy Quarterback, once said: “Coach Tom Landry is such a perfectionist that if he was married to Raquel Welch, ... (click for more)


John Hunt: Karen Lawrence Run An Unforgettable Experience

I received a phone call from Mike Lawrence a couple of weeks ago, letting me know that the Karen Lawrence Run was not being held on New Year’s Eve. It’s now known as the Run For Children 5K and will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m. at Camp Jordan in memory of Karen Lawrence. Mike was hoping that we could do sort of a wrap-up story of an event that was held at the ... (click for more)

Hoops Central: No. 24/25 Lady Vols Face Alabama On Monday At Thompson-Boling Arena

No. 24/25 Tennessee (14-3, 4-1 SEC) is back home for a Monday night tussle with Alabama (11-6, 1-3 SEC) at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7:02 p.m. ET. This will mark the 57th meeting between these programs, with the Lady Vols leading the all-time series by a 49-7 advantage. The series has been a streaky one. UA brings a five-game winning spree into Knoxville. ... (click for more)