Mother living in The Villages jailed after apparently attempting to flee with her children

Michelle Deem

A mother living in The Villages was jailed after apparently preparing to flee with her children to another state.

Michelle Deem, 29, lost custody of her two children in 2017 due to drug usage. She was allowed in late 2018 to have unsupervised visits with her children for three hours at a time, with the stipulation that the children be returned by 6 p.m.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were summoned at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when Deem failed to return the children. Deem claimed she had lost track of time. She later claimed to have had car trouble which prevented her from returning the children.

The children’s father contacted the sheriff’s office at 10:40 p.m. and agreed to return the children. At the time the children were returned to their custodial guardian, one of them said, “Mommy was planning to run away with me.”

Deem had obtained new Social Security cards for the children, had copies of their medical records, purchased winter coats for them and planned to move to Colorado, according to the arrest report. Deem was living in the Village of Silver Lake when she was arrested this past June for driving while license suspended. When the officer asked Deem for her license, she handed him a Colorado learner’s permit.

In August, Deem posted on her Facebook page that she was having a “moving sale” at her home in The Villages.

She is now facing a charge of interfering with child custody. She was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $2,000 bond.