Missouri Supreme Court Hears Custody Case

7 years 1 month 5 days ago Tuesday, November 09 2010 Nov 9, 2010 Tuesday, November 09, 2010 7:44:44 PM CST November 09, 2010 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Romero went to jail for two years after authorities raided a poultry plant where she was working illegally. Tuesday, Romero went before the Missouri supreme court fighting to regain parental rights over her son who has citizenship in the U.S. And Guatemala.

A local clergy gave her son, who was an infant at the time, to a Carthage couple when Romero went to jail. Romero's appeal claims the state did not properly oversee the transfer of her son and her parental rights while she was in jail. Romero said she never wanted to give up her son.

A Guatemalan ambassador came from Washington d.C. To hear the oral arguments Tuesday afternoon and said the case was handled poorly from the start.

The lawyer for the adoptive parents said they were just trying to give the child a chance.
There may be a federal appeal if the state supreme court upholds the termination of Romero's parental rights.

The child is now four years old, and both sides are worried the legal process will continue dragging as the boy grows older.

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