US-Born Teen Returned from Mexico Under Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

Texas Husband and Wife have Daughter.

Husband and Wife divorce.

Husband allegedly absconds with US-born Daughter to Mexico in 2007, when Daughter is about 5 years old.

Wife seeks Daughter’s return through Mexican legal authorities under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, but Daughter cannot be located for eight years after her disappearance.

Mexican family court is made aware of another girl (Girl) with the same first name, approximate age and general appearance as Daughter.

Mexican family court orders that Girl be taken into custody, to be delivered to Wife.

Girl vigorously resists when Mexican law enforcement officers bodily remove Girl from her school classroom.

Once in Texas, Girl is DNA tested … and determined not to be Wife’s child.

Girl is returned to her family in Mexico.

Media attention over that fiasco rattles Husband.

Husband finally turns Daughter over to extended family, who turn her over to legal authorities in Mexico.

Daughter undergoes DNA test in Mexico, which confirms Daughter’s identity.

Wife travels to Mexico.

Wife appears in Mexican family court, where Mexican family court judge orders Daughter be restored to Wife’s custody.

Wife and Daughter return to Houston.

Husband will not face criminal charges as a result of Wife’s agreement to Daughter’s request


  1. this NBC News article: Mom, Long-Missing Daughter Back in Houston After Mexico DNA Battle
  2. this NBC News article: DNA Proves Girl In Mexico Is Houston Mom’s Daughter
  3. this BBC News article: Alondra Diaz case: Mexico custody battle teen back in US and
  4. this Yahoo News article by way of AP: Mexico judge returns girl to custody of US mom after 8 years