The Supreme Court has refused to hear the case filed by Guatemalan national Encarnacion Bail Romero, regarding the adoption of her biological son by Seth and Melinda Moser, ending a custody battle that has raged for nearly seven years. Reports CBS News from Carthage, Missouri:
CARTHAGE, Mo. — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a Carthage, Missouri adoption case.
This appears to be the end of a long case that began when an undocumented woman from Guatemala petitioned to regain her parental rights… The custody battle for Melinda Moser and her family is believed to be over according to attorneys in the case.
Moser is the adoptive mother of 7-year old Jamison Moser and for nearly seven years she’s fought to keep custody.
All the while, Jamison’s biological mother tried to use the courts to regain custody of her son.
A relieved Moser recalls the experiences. “Kind of like people probably that suffer with a terminal illness, you never know which day will be your last. “
Jamison’s biological mother, Encarnacion Romero, had been arrested during an immigration raid and was later convicted of identity theft.
After leaving federal prison in 2009, Romero filed to overturn the adoption case and won.
The Mosers appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court, that reversed the lower court’s decision.
What’s to be said regarding news like this? As adoptive mother, I cried when I read the decision, identifying strongly with the struggle endured by Melinda and Seth Moser. But that doesn’t mean I can’t imagine the pain and loss felt by Encarnacion Bail Romero. I do.
Nothing about adoption is simple. Especially this time.