Mom of kidnapped boys says they have peace after father's arrest

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SUWANEE, Ga. - The mother of two boys who were allegedly kidnapped by their father in December spoke to Channel 2’s Eric Philips about finding him in her yard armed with a knife.

Daniel Cleary is in the Gwinnett County Jail after police said he not only violated a restraining order, but did so with a knife.

Theresa Nash said Cleary showed up at her family’s Suwanee home and one of their sons heard a noise in the back yard.

“Looked up and saw a man with a hat down over his eyes and he had a knife in his hand and he was hiding in the trees right above our house,” Nash said.

Nash said she called 911 and officers arrived in her neighborhood.

“And then 10 minutes later we see Dan’s car drive by the front of the house and the kids saw it, and said, ‘Mom, daddy just drove by the house,’” Nash said.

According to the police report, Cleary led officers on a chase down Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, running over a median twice to avoid stop sticks.

An officer finally stopped Cleary by performing a PIT maneuver, but Cleary got out of his PT Cruiser with the knife to his throat, police said. When Cleary laid down with the knife against his chest, officers shocked him with a Taser and got him into handcuffs, police said.

According to the police report, Cleary told officers he just wanted to see his kids.

“So really, this is the first time we’ve had some peace and I’m very excited that the boys will get to flourish," Nash said.

Nash told Philips she had a gut feeling something bad would happen when her husband was released on bond in February.

Cleary was arrested in Texas in December, accused of failing to return his sons to Nash on the court-ordered date. Police believe he had planned ahead to take off with his sons in December.