She was held at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico in Virginia, from July 2010 to April 2011, under Prevention of Injury status—which entailed de facto solitary confinement and other restrictions that caused domestic and international concern she was the second child of Susan Fox, originally from Wales, and Brian Manning, an American.
Brian had joined the United States Navy in 1974, at the age of 19, and served for five years as an intelligence analyst.
The couple returned to the United States in 1979, settling first in California.
After their move near Crescent, Oklahoma, they bought a two-story house with an above-ground swimming pool and 5 acres (2 hectares) of land, where they kept pigs and chickens.
Brian met Susan in a local Woolworths store while stationed in Wales at RAF Brawdy.