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After two-year battle to clear his name, USAF officer cleared of charges he kidnapped own daughter
OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- Prior to August 2015, had someone searched online for the name Michael McCormick in Ocean Springs, they would have learned he is a decorated officer in the United States Air Force with four tours of combat flying duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. They would have read that during his 14 years of military service, McCormick has been awarded, among several decorations, the Bronze Star with Valor. At that time, he was a Lieutenant in the USAF and has since been promoted to Captain. But on Aug. 14, 2015, all that changed. It was on that day McCormick was charged with kidnapping after he drove to Valdosta, Ga., to retrieve his then 5-year-old daughter, who had been taken from her school on the Mississippi coast by her mother, Andrea Hope Smith, with whom McCormick shared equal custody rights pending a hearing scheduled for later that month. With that incident began a two-year ordeal which saw McCormick incarcerated for 20 days, lose his USAF flying duties, and physically separated from his daughter for nearly two years. He also had to travel to Valdosta 12 times for court appearances. McCormick, 35, was charged, in addition to kidnapping, with...