Mother and Father have three year old Daughter. Mother and Father divorce.
Mother is from Ecuador. Divorce judgment permits Mother to take Daughter to visit Ecuador, but only upon prior notice to Father.
Father goes to Mother’s house in Michigan to pick Daughter up. And finds house empty.
Then Mother reportedly calls Father to tell him that they are in Ecuador.
In a letter, Mother notes that she feels “alienated” since their divorce. Mother also alleges that Father abuses drugs and that Daughter suffered burns several times while with Father.
Father maintains that child protective services has already investigated and cleared him.
Mother hires Michigan attorney, who contends that Mother is trying to protect Daughter.
Mother faces charges of parental kidnapping.
Father maintains that Mother is unstable and should not have Daughter.
Ecudador is a party to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Father is seeking Daughter’s return under the Hague Convention.