When Genevieve Kelley surrendered to authorities in November after being a fugitive for more than a decade, she had no idea the court would prevent her from seeing her husband Scott as part of her bail conditions.
For six months, she has not been allowed to communicate with him. But on Monday, at a pre-trial hearing in New Hampshire’s Coos County, they embraced for the first time.
“It was a very sweet moment,” says Genevieve’s attorney Alan Rosenfeld. “I have never before made a motion for permission for my client to hug her husband.”
The pair have been charged with custodial interference and witness tampering. Each of them are out of jail on $250,000 cash bond. As part of their conditions, they are not allowed to speak with each other or Genevieve’s daughter Mary Nunes, 19. Additionally, Scott has not been allowed to see his 10-year-old son John, whom he shares with Genevieve.
It has been a difficult time for the couple who relied on each other since 2004 when they fled the United States for Central America after Mary accused her father Mark Nunes of sexual abuse. Authorities investigated and Mark was never charged.
Last year, when Mary became a legal adult and the court could no longer make decisions for her, the family agreed to return and face the charges against them.
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Scott says he was “a man in love” and couldn’t imagine his life without his family. But when his wife returned to the U.S. with their son John, who needed medical attention after being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, he had no idea he wouldn’t get to see them after he and Mary revealed their identities to U.S. officials in April.
While the Kelleys wait for trial to begin in September, Scott lives separately from his wife and son, who Genevieve says does not have CF, according to U.S. doctors. No one is allowed to speak with Mary, who remains in an undisclosed location.
“All of it has been hard,” Genevieve told PEOPLE last month. For now, she’s looking forward to “having us back together as a family and living our life.”