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Federal judge: Return girl to mom in El Salvador

Federal judge: Return girl to mom in El Salvador

A 7-year-old girl will be reunited with her mother in El Salvador under an order issued by a federal judge.
The Southwest Times Record reports that U.S. District Judge Robert T. Dawson ordered on Tuesday that Nathan Christian Segovia of Fort Smith to return his daughter to her mother in El Salvador, where the woman has legal custody of the girl under Salvadoran law.
The newspaper reports that the girl _ identified in court documents only by her initials, K.S.R. _ has been in the U.S. in the custody of her father since he brought her to this country in April 2009 for a visit to Disneyland, with the permission of the mother, Dinora Del Carmen Rivera Rivas.
The mother had filed suit in federal court in Fort Smith, under the international Hague Convention on child custody.
Dawson concluded that Segovia, a dual citizen of El Salvador and the U.S., had made no effort to seek custody of his daughter in El Salvador, but chose to keep his daughter in the U.S. and seek custody of her in state court.
"This is precisely the kind of situation that the Convention was designed to discourage," Dawson wrote.
Dawson ordered Segovia to return the child to her mother within 14 days, at Segovia's expense.


Updated : 2021-03-02 02:31 GMT+08:00