14 May 2012

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5/14/2012: “Guatemala: US gov’t says it won’t return adopted girl who was snatched from Guatemalan mother,” Associated Press

There’s a bit of breaking news in the Karen Abigail case this afternoon. This article (which was published in Spanish as well as in the shortened English version linked below) says the following: According to Celeste Alvarado, spokesperson for Guatemala’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, the United States has informed Guatemala that the Monahans will not be returning “Karen Abigail,” also known as Anyelí Rodríguez, the stolen daughter of Loyda Rodríguez.

“A Guatemalan official says the U.S. government has said it won’t return a girl adopted after being snatched from her Guatemalan mother in 2006, because the two countries had not signed the Hague Abduction Convention at the time.

Guatemala’s Foreign Relations Ministry quotes the U.S. State Department as saying the two countries formally ratified the convention on Jan. 1, 2008, more than a year after toddler Anyeli Hernandez Rodriguez was snatched in November 2006.”

Read the full piece in Spanish here: http://elperiodico.com.gt/es/20120514/elmundo/212169/

The shortened English version is here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/guatemala-us-govt-says-it-wont-return-adopted-girl-who-was-snatched-from-guatemalan-mother/2012/05/14/gIQA1CCoPU_story.html

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