The father who triggered a nationwide manhunt after absconding with his two sons has been granted bond, but, as of Thursday afternoon, had yet to post it.
A panicked search for Ben and Henry Cleary -- the 9- and 7-year-old who live with their mother in Suwanee -- began in late December after their father, Daniel Cleary, never returned with them after a trip to Tennessee. Three days after they had been due to return home, authorities located them at a hotel in Austin, Texas.
Daniel Cleary, 46, of Roswell, was arrested and is facing two counts of interference with custody. Fulton County Jail records showed that Cleary was extradited from Texas and placed into local custody on Jan. 26.
Earlier this week, a Fulton County judge granted Cleary a $40,000 bond. As of Wednesday afternoon, sheriff's department records showed he had not yet posted that money or been released.
Theresa Nash, the boys' mother, told the Daily Post that she was assured that, if released, Cleary would be under several restrictions: namely that he will wear an ankle bracelet, be under curfew with the exception of work and face restraining orders with Nash and their sons.
Nash declined a full interview, but shared a few thoughts via email.
"I was saddened by the possibility of bond, but he has not made bond yet and for the safety of the boys, I am hoping he will not make bond," she wrote. "There is also a strong possibility of more charges coming down the pike, which would necessitate the reevaluation of bond."
It was unclear Wednesday who was representing Cleary in the proceedings. Nash said a public defender had been appointed to him.