D-Wade Asks Judge to Suspend Ex-Wife's Custody of Kids

Heat star's ex-wife charged with attempted child abduction, unlawful visitation and resisting arrest

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    Dwyane Wade poses with sons Zion and Zaire, teammate LeBron James, and Kei Nishhikori (L) of Japan and Rafael Nadal of Spain during the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne

    The Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife's right to visitation with their two children after she allegedly refused to turn the boys over to the basketball star's sister.

    Siohvaughn Funches-Wade faces charges of attempted child abduction, unlawful visitation interference and resisting arrest, Cook County Sheriff's spokesman Frank Bilecki said Tuesday.

    Wade's attorney, James Pritikin, filed the emergency motion Tuesday, hours before the Heat were to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    According to the court filing, Wade's sister was to pick up the children so they could fly to Miami for Father's Day.

    Wade's sister got no response at the home, and after "several hours" the sheriff's office was called, according to the filing. It also said Funches-Wade attempted to leave the home without the children when one of the responding deputies tried taking her into custody.

    The boys, at that time, were with another woman, inside the home, according to the filing.

    Wade eventually hired a private jet to bring his sons home early Sunday, and upon their arrival, his older son told him the other woman in the home, Nadgee Alarcon, "smacked him on the head," according to court records.

    Records show Funches-Wade was transferred to a hospital after the incident on Saturday. She told officers she was experiencing shortness of breath and thought she was having an asthma attack.

    "Once again, S.L. has used our minor children as the proverbial pawns in this contentious dissolution of marriage action," Wade wrote in the filing, using initials to protect identities but referring to his ex-wife. "This court must take action to protect our minor children from further exposure to the present environment S.L. creates while they are in her care and preventing S.L. from exercising her parenting time in a manner that is harmful to our children."

    The judge scheduled a hearing for June 26, which is also the day Game 7 of the Finals will be played, if necessary.

    Funches-Wade posted $10,000 bond on Monday, Bilecki said, and is due back in court in August. It was not known if she had an attorney. Alarcon was charged with one count of resisting arrest, Bilecki said. All the charges are misdemeanors.

    The couple was divorced in 2010. Wade was awarded custody of the boys in March 2011. His ex-wife's appeal of that decision was denied in December, and the couple is scheduled to return to court in September in an attempt to complete financial terms of the divorce.

    "The minor children have been subjected to great deal of drama/trauma as a result of S.L.'s conduct," the filing said.

    Wade recently finished writing a book primarily about fatherhood and the custody fight for his sons. It will be released Sept. 4.