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Missing Texas girl found in Mexico after 12 years

According to an Oct. 1 statement by the FBI, a missing 17-year-old girl from Texas was rescued from a location near Mexico City and brought back to the U.S. At 11:32 a.m. on Sept. 30, a joint task force moved in on the location where the girl was staying with her 44-year-old mother. The joint task force was comprised of authorities from Mexico and the United States.

The mother took the young girl on April 19, 2002 when she was only four. She allegedly disobeyed a court-ordered custody agreement, fleeing the country during a court-supervised visit. She was scheduled to return the girl to her father by 6 p.m. on April 21, but failed to comply. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children listed her as missing following the abduction. The girl's father had stated to a local television news outlet that his ex-wife had threatened to take her away prior to the abduction, which was the subject of wide publicity.

According to KIC Investigations, an informant who worked for them had the mother and daughter under surveillance for approximately two weeks. There was a federal warrant out for the mother for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, interference with child custody, and aggravated kidnapping. Authorities booked her into the Travis County Jail and charged her with intentional abduction. Her bond was set at $300,000.

A custody dispute can be challenging in any case, but especially in one like this that involves many years of separation due to child abduction. An attorney who has handled child custody cases could help a parent navigate the complex legal issues involved in such a situation.

Source: USA Today, "Texas girl taken by mom 12 years ago rescued in Mexico", Doug Stanglin and Michael Winter, October 01, 2014

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