BRAZIL: According to the Associated Press, another Brazilian woman was caught abducting her American born child and taking the child, in violation of the Hague Convention, to Brazil. This time, it’s Olympic Bronze Medalist Hilma Aparecida Caldeira. She allegedly abducted her son when he was about 1.5 years old and has kept in illegally in Brazil for nearly five years. Associated Press:
Caldeira brought the boy to the South American country in 2006 to visit relatives and then stayed, filing the same year for divorce
e and for custody, according to the father. Kelvin Birotte, a 43-year-old Houston man, told The Associated Press on Saturday that he last saw his son, also named Kelvin, at a court hearing in 2007 when the boy was 1 1/2 years old. He turns 5 on Aug. 29. The order to hand the boy over to his father was based on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, according to U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Orna Blum. Permanent custody is a separate issue to be decided later by U.S. courts.
Mr. Birotte claims he was inspired by another American father, David Goldman, who recently won custody of his abducted son back from his Brazilian ex-wife. It is heartening to see the Brazilian courts and law enforcement do the right thing in this case so expeditiously. Prior to the Goldman case, Brazil was one of those countries who pretty much treated the Hague Convention like toilet tissue.
Image credit: www.flickr.com
UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that Ms. Caldeira appealed the lower court’s decision that she hand over her son to his father and she WON THE APPEAL!!! So, pending the final adjudication, the boy stays with his mother in Brazil. STAY TUNED!!!