Woman involved in Amber Alert case argues with judge

Posted at 12:28 PM, Nov 08, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-08 14:28:55-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- The West Valley mom who prompted a state-wide Amber Alert after taking her daughter from school was back in court on Thursday.

Court documents refer to her as Venus Athena Barker, but she insists her name is Venus Athena. She faces misdemeanor counts of custodial interference and criminal trespassing.

Barker appeared in court wearing a t-shirt that said "I am the beneficiary." The shirt referenced her stance that Venus Athena Barker is not a person, but a trademark trust for which she is responsible.

In March, authorities issued an Amber Alert after 10-year-old Aliyah Kay Crowderwas taken from Silver Hills Elementary in West Valley City. They found the girl with Venus Athena Barker, her non-custodial biological mother.

Much like her first appearance, Barker argued with the judge, accusing him of violating his oath. She also made a motion to have her case dismissed, starting there was no evidence.

The judge said the forum for presenting evidence is at the trail, which has been set for January 23.