Striker Jacob Mulenga’s sister charged with abducting a child to Zambia

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NOTE: With some level of certainty, based on our research Lusaka Voice is convinced that Silvia Chilombo Mulenga is indeed  Dutch based striker Jacob Mulenga’s  sister. Silvia Chilombo Mulenga is from Kitwe so is Jacob Mulenga. They both have their mother’s first name as  Beauty and lost the father who sadly passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012.


Mulenga, Silvia Chilombo 6-26-1979A father and son have been reunited after nearly four years apart after son was taken to Zambia. The child’s mother, Silvia Chilombo Mulenga, 34, is charged with one felony count of child abduction. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. She is currently a fugitive believed to be residing in Zambia.

Mulenga, a native of Zambia, and John Cotton Sr. were married in 2005 and divorced in 2008. The couple shared joint custody of their 4-year-old son.

In the fall of 2009, Mulenga lost her job, was evicted from her home, and her visa had expired. When she told the court that she intended to return to Zambia, a court order was issued prohibiting her from taking the child. In December 2009, Mulenga is accused of abducting her son and traveling with him to Zambia despite the court order.

On Dec. 4, 2009, John Cotton Sr. reported the abduction to the Cypress Police Department (CPD) who began investigating this case before referring it to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) who continued the investigation. On Dec. 17, 2009, the OCDA filed one felony count of child abduction against Mulenga. A family court awarded full custody to the father.

In July 2013, CPD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) learned that John Cotton Jr. and the boy’s maternal grandmother had traveled to the Netherlands to visit the boy’s uncle who is a professional soccer player. Dutch authorities were notified and picked up the child from the home. Mulenga is accused of falsely alleging to Dutch Child Protective Services that the father was abusive and that their son should not be allowed to be returned to him. Dutch Child Protective Services later determined these allegations to be untrue.

John Cotton Sr., with his son, John Cotton, Jr.
John Cotton Sr., with his son, John Cotton, Jr.

On Oct. 16, 2013, after more than three months of court proceedings in the Netherlands, the Court agreed to enforce the California custody order. John Cotton Sr. and his son flew out from the Netherlands and arrived back to California last night, Oct. 16, 2013.

The case was investigated by CPD, FBI, OCDA, United States Department of Justice, and United States Department of State.

Deputy District Attorney Jim Bacin of the Child Abduction Unit is prosecuting this case.


  1. Remember when we all went to congo to findimiti awe mayo they dont work and ba nadine stop all the stuff you have been doing on the sick brian,kwena you have shame,imiti doesnt work boyi..nadine geloo sure.

  2. pipo,pipo,lets just keep it real apa .pipo are just jealous of this same person called chilombo.pliz leaver her alone and mwandi just keep on with your life.nadine you are such a waste busy wrtting shit.nadine your are so hurt of how you where dumped and thrown by peter,ala bane ba nadine imiti u have done doesnt work if they did,peter would have been with you,nomba awe his gone and he looks very happy

  3. Then Headline could have been Zambia n Woman Charged with Child Abduction. Howz that?

  4. If she is the mother mwebaume have watched that movie ‘Not Without My daughter’ that how a woman can do for her child…… Its nt easy fr her to let go, she thot of 9months of carryin n 8hs of Labor….

  5. And she exists as a person and not that she is Jacob’s sister-her love for her children is not becoz she is Jacob’s sister. Lusaka voice, u could have had a better headline.

    • Court proceedings occurred while the child was visting and staying with him in the Netherlands and the child was picked up from his house.