Mother gets kidnapped by abusive ex-boyfriend for a SECOND time months after he was freed from jail | #childabductors


A mother from Oak Park, California, whose abusive ex-boyfriend was arrested for abducting her at gun point has opened up about the trauma she suffered at being kidnapped by him a second time just months later after he was freed from jail.   

Giselle Shuken, 36, revealed how she was locked in the trunk of a car and beaten by her own boyfriend when he became paranoid she would cheat – only for the ‘monster’ to get out of jail four months later and do it again.

The mom-of-two endured a horrific 12-hour ordeal at the hands of her ‘jealous’ boyfriend of three months, David Crawford, 36, in April 2020, after he misinterpreted messages he saw on her phone.

After being left in the trunk in 100 degree heat for two hours, the 36-year-old said she was then taken into her own home and beaten, leaving her fearing she’d never see her two young daughters again.

Despite suffering a catalogue of injuries – including a broken jaw – she says her now ex ignored her pleas for medical attention and didn’t allow her to leave and see a doctor until the following morning.

Giselle Shuken, 36, was locked in the trunk of a car at gunpoint and battered by her own boyfriend when he became paranoid she was going to cheat

The horrific 12-hour ordeal left her with an array of injuries, including a broken jaw

The horrific 12-hour ordeal left her with an array of injuries, including a broken jaw

David Crawford, 36, stabbed Giselle in the forehead with a pen, burnt her face with cigarettes, bit her ear, punched her in the face and choked her

'He held me up against the wall by my neck and he's a lot bigger and taller than me so my feet were off the ground,' Giselle said

David Crawford, 36, stabbed Giselle in the forehead with a pen, burnt her face with cigarettes, bit her ear, punched her in the face and choked her

She stayed strong for her two daughters - Addyson, 9, and Evalyn, 6. 'I've got to get out of here, I've got to survive this, I've got two babies, two little girls,' the mom-of-two, from Oak Park, California, remembered thinking

 She stayed strong for her two daughters – Addyson, 9, and Evalyn, 6. ‘I’ve got to get out of here, I’ve got to survive this, I’ve got two babies, two little girls,’ she remembered thinking

David was sent to jail for the incident, but Giselle said he was back on the streets four months later after paying bail – in which he disobeyed court orders and continued to torment her.

In another terrifying ordeal that echoed the previous attack, Giselle claimed her ex kidnapped again. In July, he held her in a rental car – leaving her believing she was going to be beaten again. But this time she managed to talk him round after hours of pleading.

After ‘living in fear’ for months, the special education worker finally saw her ex sent to prison for three years on October 13, and is now telling her story to encourage other domestic abuse survivors to fight for their life and freedom.

Speaking about the initial abduction, Giselle explained that her ex’s behavior was sparked when he saw that she had received a text message from a friend about ‘a couple she went to high school with’. 

‘He got really mad at me for a text message that my friend had sent to me about a couple that I went to school with,’ she revealed. ‘For some reason he thought that I was interested in the guy she was talking about and that I was going to cheat on him.

‘We were out throwing away some trash in a dumpster behind a building and he said, “Get in the trunk of the car or I’m going to kill you,” and told me he had a gun.

‘So I got in the trunk of the car and he had my cell phone and my Apple Watch so I couldn’t communicate with anyone.

‘We get back to his house and he tells me I need to stay there and he’s going to watch me on the security cameras to make sure that I don’t get out. So I stayed in the back of the car because I was scared to death that he would come after and I wouldn’t have time to run to safety.

‘It was about 100 degrees Fahrenheit when I was in the trunk, which is extremely hot and I almost died back there because it was so hot and I didn’t have access to air.

‘After that he took me back to my house which is where all the physical abuse started – he stabbed me in the forehead with a pen, burnt my face with cigarettes, bit my ear and choked me.

‘He held me up against the wall by my neck and he’s a lot bigger and taller than me so my feet were off the ground and then punched my jaw, like an uppercut, which caused my jaw to break.

‘Then he filled up the bathtub and proceeded to hold my head under the water on and off for 15 minutes.’

After the sustained attack on Giselle, she said her jealous ex then went and set some of her clothes from her wardrobe on fire, threw away her children’s baby albums because they had photos of their dad in them, and destroyed her iPad and MacBook.

Giselle needed physical therapy three to four times a week for six months, as well as electro therapy and PT exercises to rebuild strength in her damaged jaw

 Giselle needed physical therapy three to four times a week for six months, as well as electro therapy and PT exercises to rebuild strength in her damaged jaw

David (pictured) was sent to jail for the incident, but was back on the streets four months later after paying bail

David (pictured) was sent to jail for the incident, but was back on the streets four months later after paying bail

After he was freed, he proceeded to repeatedly violate the restraining and emergency protection orders put in place for Giselle's safety

After he was freed, he proceeded to repeatedly violate the restraining and emergency protection orders put in place for Giselle’s safety 

In July, David kidnapped the mom-of-two, from Oak Park, California, again

In July, David kidnapped the mom-of-two, from Oak Park, California, again

He was then re-arrested and pled guilty to corporal injury to a spouse. He was sentenced to three years in state prison and 48 hours community service

He was then re-arrested and pled guilty to corporal injury to a spouse. He was sentenced to three years in state prison and 48 hours community service

The battered mom-of-two was left fearing she would never see her young daughters – Addyson Scholz, nine, and Evalyn Scholz, six – again as the terrifying attack dragged on.

Giselle said: ‘I just kept thinking, “I’ve got to get out of here, I’ve got to survive this, I’ve got two babies, two little girls.” They were five and seven at the time.

‘They have their dad but I’m their main support and I’ve got to make it out of here for them. They can’t grow up knowing their mom didn’t make it.

‘I thought, “I just need to stay calm, don’t aggravate him more and just get through this day.”‘

When David eventually allowed Giselle to leave and go to the doctor the following morning, she said he made her stay on the phone with him the entire time until she returned home, to ensure she didn’t report what he had done to her.

She was forced to lie and say that the pair had been jumping on a trampoline when they fell and David’s elbow accidentally hit her jaw, breaking it.

But, desperate for help, she managed to write a note to the doctor on a receipt to say that she had been beaten up by her boyfriend and couldn’t talk freely as he was on the phone.

After a proper examination, the doctor registered the medical diagnosis of her injuries as domestic violence and sent the police to her house for when she returned home.

Giselle said: ‘I wasn’t sure if my ex was going to be there when I got home because he was upset that I was at the doctor’s office for so long and was starting to panic.

‘I just was thankful the doctor could recognize what was going on. When I got home the police were there and they said, “You need to get off the phone.”

‘My ex knew the police were there because he had access to my doorbell camera – I just told him they were there to check on my brother because they had come to my house to check on him before.

‘When I left the next morning to go get us coffee and came home there were about six or seven police officers with their guns drawn and they arrested him.’

The mom-of-two needed physical therapy three to four times a week for the next six months, as well as electro therapy and PT exercises to rebuild strength in her damaged jaw, and she still needs more treatment.

However, she says after a mere four months in jail, David was allowed to post bail and proceeded to repeatedly violate the restraining and emergency protection orders put in place for Giselle’s safety.

She claimed he called her from jail, sent her roses and cards to apologize for the attack, and even made numerous fake social media profiles to contact her when she blocked him on everything.

T he mom-of-two, from Oak Park, Californiafinally saw her ex sent to prison for three years on October 13. She is now telling her story to encourage other domestic abuse survivors to fight for their life and freedom

Giselle is now telling her story to encourage other domestic abuse survivors to fight for their life and freedom

His continued obsession with his ex-girlfriend became frighteningly clear in July this year when she said he hired a rental car to abduct her again.

Giselle said: ‘I thought how can he just keep bailing out – how is he even allowed to get out, this person is a monster.

‘In July he kidnapped me while I was out walking my dog – he rented a car and drove by my house and put me in the car and had me there for a couple hours.

‘I kept trying to exit the vehicle even while he was driving just to get away.

‘Eventually I convinced him we would work things out if he took me home, just saying whatever he needed to hear to take me back to safety.’

Finally, after 18 months of Giselle living in fear, David was re-arrested and pled guilty to disobeying a court order and corporal injury to a spouse at his trial in September.

He was sentenced to three years in state prison and 48 hours community service, while a no contact order and protective order was made in relation to the victim. 

Giselle is now speaking out about her traumatic experience with her abusive ex to encourage other survivors to report every incident of abuse and ‘stay strong.’ 

‘It was a big relief when he was convicted but I was thinking why didn’t he get more time, it’s scary,’ she said.

‘And it took forever, I don’t understand how someone can live in fear as I did for 18 months before they finally do something about it.

‘Just know you are not alone and you can get through this. Stay strong and never stop fighting.’ 



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