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The Fight for Gabriel

by Tracy Barry

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Posted on November 13, 2007 at 2:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

It's a heart-wrenching situation. The story of Gabriel Allred.Born in America to a Mexican father and American mother, neither able to give up crime or drugs to parent him. He has lived in Toledo with a foster family since he was four months old. The Brandts want to adopt Gabriel but the state feels he would be better off living in Mexico with his parental Grandmother. Even though he has never met his Grandmother.

It's been interesting trying to get beyond the surface on this story. But last week we were able to contact Gabriel's biological mother. She is on the run from police but we were able to get her cell phone number and contact her. She made it clear that she thinks Gabriel should stay with the Brandts.

And tonight after a long process of tracking corrections paperwork and working with immigration officials we have located Gabriel's biological father. He has served his time on sex offenses but is still being held for deportation back to Mexico. Jennifer Iveson is interviewing him right now and that should be a very interesting conversation tonight at five.

Pat Dooris also has a comment from the Governor tonight. Pat is very persistent and just kept asking every single day until they finally found a few minutes for him.

There are so many issues to wrestle with on this story. The need for biological connections in a child's life. The bonding that has clearly taken place with the Brandt's and what ending that would do to Gabriel. I just hope and pray that Gabriel's needs are put first. Isn’t there someway he can have both the Brandts and his Grandmother?

I know many of you have strong feelings on this and have already weighed in. Thank you for that and I hope you'll listen to the father's interview tonight at five.

As always, thanks for watching.

Tracy Barry