Judge hears case of girl headed to Mexico

Judge hears case of girl headed to Mexico

Judge hears case of girl headed to Mexico

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by Kyle Iboshi, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 1:32 PM

SALEM -- The case of a six-year old Oregon girl being sent to Mexico to live with her father went back to court Thursday.

A Marion County judge is considering the case in a closed-door hearing that also involves the social workers.

The girl is currently in foster care because of her mother's ongoing drug addiction. The state of Oregon plans to send her to Mexico, to be reunited with her biological father. Alfonso Pantoja-Samano served prison time in Oregon for assault before being deported.

Her grandmother has been fighting for her to stay in Oregon and worries about the young girl being sent to Mexico.  The state will not allow the grandmother to adopt the girl because she also has a criminal past.

In a phone interview from Mexico last week, the 35-year old father said, "I'm ready to do whatever I need to in order to get my daughter back and there won't be anyone who can stop me from getting what I want."

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and three state legislators asked child welfare workers to review the case.

KGW has not revealed the girls name to protect her identity.

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