Chanhassen mom guilty of depriving parental rights 28 Dec 11

A mother from Chanhassen embroiled in a years-long custody battle over her five children has been convicted of three counts of depriving her estranged husband of parental rights.

Caroline Rice and Brent Rice, also from Chanhassen, divorced in 2004 and have a long-running litigation history in Carver and Hennepin Counties.

Caroline Rice was charged with deprivation of parental rights after her 13-year-old daughter, who was in the legal custody of Brent Rice, ran away from home in the fall of 2010 and was found almost a month later with her mother as they crossed the Canadian border back into the United States.

The daughter, Lauren, testified in support of her mother during the trial and says an appeal is likely.