Custody Dispute Leads to Child Endangerment Charges

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

201601101 SibleyOn Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at about 5:47 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 900 block of Redwood Drive in Garberville for a reported dispute over the custody of a child. Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the female victim. The victim stated she was in a physical altercation with her ex-boyfriend, 32 year old Kellen James Sibley. The victim stated her phone was forcibly taken from her by Sibley. Sibley then placed their child in his vehicle and drove off. The child was not properly restrained in the vehicle. The victim stated there is video footage of the altercation.

Deputies searched for Sibley. Sibley was pulled over near the intersection of Redwood Drive and Maple Street. Sibley was uncooperative with deputies. The child victim was in the vehicle and returned to the female victim. The child victim was uninjured. Sibley was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. He was booked for domestic violence, robbery, resisting arrest, child endangerment, and obstructing the use of wireless communication device. Sibley’s bail was set at $50,000.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.



  • I know james .He is a very nice person, always happy,so sad to see this and his relationship go sour. I am sure both he and the mother love the child very much ,and that the heat of the moment lead to a hasty bad choice of how to deal with the situation.

  • Report what needs reporting

    Agreed!! Same with us, we know both and we’re commenting today how sometimes, though a great outlet for local happenings, and kym you do do a great unbiased job, can almost put someone in a bad light because of the mugshots… I mean, that may not always be nessesary. Maybe crime is what people wanna knkw about, but this is almost posting someones private life up in a public forum. Not cool. and folks can be judgmental and mean about something they know nothing about. Hoping the best for all involved and that people that don’t know them will keep their mouths shut in the comment section.

    • Jame's Best friend

      From What I know, he had a previous relationship that went sour because of his anger issues, so it’s not like it was a heat of the moment thing, more like a pattern of abusive behavior. Also it’s no longer a private matter when PUBLIC servants are called in to save a child from a dangerous situation.

      • You have no idea what you’re talking about. His ex was a psycho path. [edit]

        • Birds of a feather flock together. I met him last week and he blatantly lied about his identity. Funny how the news will show a persons true info. It was nice to meet you “Noah”. Ha

    • This kind of stuff happens every day. Why did this one make the news?

      • This one made the news because a press release was sent out. But, if I had received a report of the activities described, I would have followed up on it so that I could write it up myself.

    • So you don’t believe beating up a woman and kidnapping a child in the middle of town is a big deal?
      Yeah, this guy sounds like a real nice person…
      Looks like a psychopath.

    • This should not be private. Abusers get away with to much in these woods.

  • Report what needs reporting

    And since every news source gets its news from kym (kudos to you) not every site has as many good hearted followers I don’t think, and the other news outlets blast the crime stories and senstionalize them and syndicate private affairs. Like, how does this benefit anyone to know this?

    • Jame's Best friend

      so they can steer clear of an abuser

    • ….This directly benifits victims of domestic abuse… by publicly showing the abuser There is hope to end what the victim Has been silently suffering.. Kuddos to Kym for bringing fourth this important information to our attention. It is important that we put these guys in their place!

  • Physical altercation with a woman, child endangerment= not a good man. Period.

  • Looks like this guy gets off on beating the shit out of woman….. Yeah – really good guy.

  • Report what needs reporting

    Damn you read one police report and think you know everything huh? Good for you. You must be the best human out there. Exactly the kind of thing posting these things brings about

  • I’m just saying police report that says “physical altercation, phone forcibly took” doesn’t really sound like he was beating her. I doubt he hit her. It was a big blowout fight in public.. Hopefully his “anger issues” will be remedied, but if a man among you has no sin upon his hand, let him cast a stone when they don’t really know why happens

  • Yeah grabbing a phone isn’t abuse but definitely not something to be dismissed my ex and I argue we are going thru a divorce so I try to set my visits up so that I don’t see her it’s a lot nicer just seeing my daughter. I get her to go along with it by leaving money or bringing groceries too bad he didn’t try to find that middle ground.

    • You sound like an awesome dad. Im glad to hear a parent put their child’s happiness & well being, before the personal drama that comes from a relationship gone sour. Keep up the great job your doing daddio!

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