In 2007, Encarnacion Bail Romero was picked up in an immigration raid at a Missouri poultry processing plant. And she went to jail. Subsequently the court terminated her parental rights, and her little boy was adopted.
Against her will.
She was deemed to have abandoned him because she did not contact him or provide financial support. While she was in jail. By the way, did I mention that she speaks only Spanish?
Now the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the court erroneously terminated her parental rights. But don’t celebrate yet. They are sending the case back to the lower court for retrial.
Of course, the adoptive parents are the “only parents the child has ever known.” In addition, the child only speaks English. So we know where the best interests lie.
And after the trial works its way through the court system again, Romero’s little boy will be even more strongly bonded to the adoptive parents.
Possession is nine-tenths of the law. Or maybe 99 and nine-tenths.