Calif. school board hopeful admits to abductions

By the Associated Press | September 13, 2011 | 9:25 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A school board candidate in Northern California has acknowledged she was once arrested for abducting four girls from a bus stop in 1998.

The Daily Republic of Fairfield reports ( 70-year-old Alvina Sheeley spent more than a year in a federal psychiatric hospital after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to four counts of abduction.

The former teacher is on the November ballot for the spot on the Fairfield-Suisun board.

Sheeley says she was under "mental duress" at the time of the abductions, when she tried to gain custody of a child whom she knew through family in her hometown of Alton, Ill.

Sheeley took the girl and three others, ages 8 to 12, after the girl's mother refused to give her custody.

Sheeley says she meant no harm.