Lawyer: No evidence of mom's alleged Qanon kidnapping plot

DENVER (AP) — There is no evidence a Colorado woman who lost custody of her 7-year-old son for allegedly lying about his health problems plotted with Qanon supporters to have

him kidnapped from foster care, her lawyer told jurors Monday at the start of her trial. The prosecution's case about the alleged plot in 2019 is based on the account of

Cynthia Abcug's then 16-year-old daughter, who told her counselor that her mother was talking with followers of the baseless Qanon conspiracy theory about launching a raid on the

home, defense lawyer Brian Hall said during opening statements in court in Castle Rock in suburban Denver. Many Qanon supporters believe former President Donald Trump was

fighting enemies in the so-called deep state to expose a group of satanic, cannibalistic child molesters they believe secretly runs the globe. Hall stressed that the girl

did not know details about what was supposed to happen and did not think her mother knew where her son's foster home was. But Chief Deputy District Gary Dawson told the jury

that the daughter heard her mother talking about the raid on several occasions in September and August of 2019. Around that same time, Abcug bought a gun, and a man identified

only as Ryan and described as an ex-member of the military and a sniper moved into their home to provide protection, Dawson said. An older son who was no longer living at

home will also testify that he remembers Abcug talking about launching a raid to get her young son back, Dawson said.