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MONTCLAIR, Calif. (AP) — Prince Sagala desperately searched for her son and daughter for 15 years, fearing she had lost them forever to the estranged husband who took them to his native Mexico.
Her fears were replaced by joy when she typed her daughter's name into Facebook on a library computer and discovered that her children, now 16 and 17, were safe and with their father. She soon learned they were living near Disney World in Florida.
But in a span of days, a mother eagerly hoping for a
Originally posted by LDragonFire
Wow what a story, Its not surprising that kids are freaked out by mom, they have been told bad things about her, now there dad is in jail, oh Im sure there thrilled to have her back in her life.'
Then, with a sad smile, she summed up what she's missed with the older ones: "Every single day."
What a horrible lapse of judgment by the mother!!
The kids are so close to being adults and out on their own. There should just be a contempt of court charge, then a new hearing allowing the CHILDREN to decide since they are now old enough now to do so. Then allow the mother to file a civil case against him upon the children reaching 18. That would be in the kids best interest. They are going to hate the mother now no matter what now and by the time she gets them they will just emancipate themselves.
Sure it sucks for the mother,
but she's waited 15 years. If it was about the kids at all, and not some pay back, she could have arranged to meet them and let bygones be bygones.
Anyone who cared and had half a brain would let the kids lives stay in tact a few more years, then file the charges if, after seeing how the kids turned out, they still feel the need to alert the authorities.
Originally posted by PayMeh
I'll end by saying there were better, more diplomatic ways she could have handled this where the children and her relationship with them did not become collateral damage.
If you read my first statement more carefully you'd realize I advocated for her to file civil charges on top of him actually dealing with the criminal charges. I do not advocate that he gets off scot free.
There should just be a contempt of court charge, then a new hearing allowing the CHILDREN to decide since they are now old enough now to do so. Then allow the mother to file a civil case against him upon the children reaching 18.
Your assumption on "robbed them of their right to grow up knowing their mother" is also misguided. How many mothers deny their kids the right to know their father everyday?
Your response reeks of an emotional knee jerk reaction.
And of the men who decide to take this route, I would think the numbers to be extremely high simply for the fact that a woman's maternal instinct can conflict with what's best for the child. Men on the other hand, unencumbered by maternal instinct, find it easier to allow the other parent custody if it does not mean putting the child in harms way by doing so.