MEXICO CITY — A Texas woman got her long-missing daughter back and headed for home, concluding an eight-year search at a Mexican court hearing a cross-border custody case that earlier mistakenly sent another girl to the U.S. against her will.
Houston resident Dorotea Garcia and 13-year-old Alondra Diaz didn’t speak with reporters after the judge’s ruling Friday afternoon, but they were expected to fly out of Guadalajara on Saturday morning.
At a hearing in Los Reyes, a town in the southwestern state of Michoacan, Judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado returned Alondra to Garcia, noting that DNA tests concluded the previous day showed they are daughter and mother.
They emerged from court under heavy police guard. Clad in jeans, a turquoise T-shirt and matching backpack, Alondra climbed into the backseat of a police van with her beaming mother and the two embraced.