Alondra Luna Nunez, a 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken from her family by authorities and forced to live with an American woman who claimed to be her mother, has been reunited with her family in Mexico, Fox News is reporting.
Last week, video of the Mexican teen being dragged from her school screaming and crying went viral on social media.
Interpol agents in Mexico, acting on the orders of a Mexican judge, apprehended the girl and forcibly took her to the U.S., where she eventually made her way to the Houston home of Dorotea Garcia. Garcia claimed the Mexican girl was her long-lost daughter, Alondra Diaz Garcia, kidnapped and taken to Mexico by her father a decade ago.
Garcia was in the Mexican state of Guanajuato this year when she saw Alondra and thought she had finally found her long-lost daughter, according to Yahoo News. She notified U.S. authorities. Eventually, Interpol and Mexican authorities got involved in the case. Last week, Mexican judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado ruled that Nunez was indeed Garcia’s daughter and ordered her sent to Houston.
Nunez’ family presented dozens of documents — baptismal records, her Mexican birth certificate, old family photos — to prove that their daughter was not related to the Houston woman. Even more telling: Nunez has a scar on the bridge of her nose while Garcia’s long-lost daughter has a scar on her eyebrows.
“The other girl had a scar, but on the eyebrow, and I have one on my nose. I mean all this was stirred up over that. The judge said, ‘No, it’s her,’ and that was that.”
Fortunately, a DNA test conclusively revealed that the Mexican girl forcibly removed from her country was not, in fact, Garcia’s missing daughter. She was sent back to Mexico.
The judge refused to apologize for her mistake that traumatized a 14-year-old girl and sent her to live in a foreign country.
“Our only job is to resolve whether the child needs to be returned or not.”
Similarly, Dorotea Garcia won’t apologize for the Mexican girl’s trauma, either.
“The people who know me don’t need me to give an explanation for what happened. Whatever explanation I give won’t change the minds of people in Mexico or here.”
While she was in Houston, the Mexican girl posted a video on social media saying she was being treated well.
“I’m fine. I see that the United States is nice. I don’t understand anything they’re saying, because everything is in English.”
She later admitted that she was only trying to reassure her family back in Mexico, who was most certainly not fine, says her mother, Susana Nunez.
“Anger. Rage. Powerlessness that they could tear my daughter from my arms. Sadness. I didn’t sleep. I didn’t eat. I said, ‘How is my daughter, what is she doing?'”
As of this post, Dorotea’s actual daughter remains missing in Mexico.
[Image courtesy of: Twitter]