I think it would help my wife to talk to others who may have gone through the same experience. They could tell us how they coped and if they found any effective way to reclaim a child lost in the Mexican legal system. — Frustrated Stepfather, San Diego
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If you have any great ideas, call us at 337-3439. This is an ongoing problem that we don't know much about but we're willing to learn. Maybe we can learn together.
ACROSS THE LINE — The Mexican mother whose husband took her two children to the United States came to see us at the Mexican consulate in Calexico on Dec. 27. We are working on the case now.
We will give her legal advice. If she needs an attorney to file a petition for custody of her children, we will provide it.
We have many agreements with the U.S. covering trans-border custody disputes. Not returning a child after a court-ordered visit is a felony on both sides of the border. We take the welfare of children seriously in Mexico. — Mexican Consul Rita Vargas, Calexico
That's tough talk. Absconding with a child across an international border is a serious matter.
TOYS FOR SEELEY BOYS — At the Imperial County Sheriff's Office, we collected Christmas toys for poor children. We had some left over. We want to donate them to the three little boys who lost their Christmas gifts in the Seeley fire. We have enough to give each child three gifts.
I am going to call Gold Cross Ambulance. If that 9-year-old will be healthy enough to use it, we're going to get him a scooter. — Deputy, El Centro
Why don't you get him a scooter anyway? It will give him a goal to shoot at — and it might boost his morale. With him, his two brothers and his mother in the hospital, he must need some cheering up.