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Judge Sides With DHS On Sending Oregon Girl To Mexico

Written by Jeremy Scott on March 6, 2014

SALEM — A decision by the Oregon Department of Human Services to award custody of a 6-year-old Oregon girl to her biological father in Mexico has been upheld by a Marion County judge.  The girl will be sent across the border to live with her dad, who’s a former convicted felon.

The ruling comes after Governor John Kitzhaber and state legislators asked child welfare workers to review the case.

The girl was in foster care because of her mother’s drug addiction.  Gloria Segura was reportedly on meth.  Her father, Alfonso Pantoja-Samano, 35, was deported after serving prison time in Oregon for assault.

The child’s grandmother, Kerrie Lechuga was fighting for custody, but her criminal past including neglecting animals in 2005 came to light.  Thus, the state will not allow her to adopt her granddaughter.  She was not allowed in the closed-door meeting, but made signs to have her voice heard.

“This is just so wrong,” said Lachuga after the verdict.

The situation has sparked a debate over what’s right and wrong.  Authorities though say child welfare will monitor the girl’s well-being.  The father says he has a stable home and his daughter would be safe with him.

He told KGW: “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.”

Pantoja-Samano has taken care of his daughter before and vows to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

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3 replies to “Judge Sides With DHS On Sending Oregon Girl To Mexico

  1. rozette dewart

    the hell they will follow up with what? This is EXACTLY what CPS and these judges do in these type cases does! What cps in mexico? really people? drug cartel as well as corruption and who in mexico is going to follow up? I am sickened by this story! I would get a bunch of protesters in front of that court house! This is clearly not in the best interest of the child! has anyone been to mexico where children are doing begging for money and the living conditions? really people give the child to the grandma!


  2. Kdchapman

    I feel like its in the child’s best interest to be placed with a foster family. Her father has apparent and fairly recent issues, mother is not beneficial to her and her grandmother has some issues of her own… None of these people are fit to care for her, but there are good people who will adopt her and give her everything these “people” can’t. Let someone who can care for her have her. No matter what path you choose she’s going to be confused, but unfortunately she was born into a family who doesn’t deserve her. She deserves a real family, one who will love and care for her… That’s what is in her best interest. I’m happy the grandmother was denied, those who mistreat animals go on to mistreat humans, she doesn’t deserve the chance to hurt this girl. But her father has a lot to prove before he should ever receive custody.


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