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Sunday, May 25, 2014
STAMFORD -- North Stamford resident Maria Gonzalez will likely spend her second straight Mother's Day without seeing or hearing from her 5-year-old son Santiago.
The Department of Children and Families aggressively sought and obtained a temporary order of custody committing Santiago to the agency's care in mid-October 2012 despite the fact that the child was never abused, neglected or placed in dangerous conditions while in Gonzalez's care. The agency's actions resulted in a prolonged custody battle in which the agency reversed its stance and advocated for a mother and child reunion, but the child has never been returned to Gonzalez's custody.
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STAMFORD -- An embattled Stamford mother, engaged in a complicated custody battle with international implications, took a giant step toward reuniting with her son.
Maria Gonzalez said she is cautiously hopeful that she will soon be reunited with her 5-year-old son Santiago after Santiago was officially recognized as an Argentinian citizen earlier this week. Her saga, which was chronicled in-depth in the article "A Mother's Fight" from the May 11 edition of The Hour, could reach a conclusion as early as Tuesday when the state Department of Children and Families (DCF) will motion for Judge A. William Mottolese to reconsider his April 22 decision to commit the child to DCF custody.
"One way or another, Santi is coming home with me," she said. "I feel very strong, because I've been telling the truth the whole time."
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