Kidnapped Guatamala child forced to stay in USA with adopted parents.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Liberty couple will get to keep their adopted daughter after years of controversy when her biological mother said she had been abducted.Timothy and Jennifer Monahan have been raising their daughter, Karen Abigail Monahan Vanhorn, 6, for almost four years.On Monday, the United States government announced that it would not try to send the girl back to her native Guatemala, a move doctors said would have been detrimental to her."The child herself needs to be a part of the decision," said Dr. Linda Joslyn Bishop. "I can't imagine any of us wanting to go through an experience like this, especially at her age."Nine people, including a Guatemalan judge, have been charged with kidnapping and fraud in connection with the events that led to the girl leaving the country. Guatemala's Quick Adoptions was once the top source of adoptive children for the United States, accounting for close to 4,000 adoptions per year.Bishop said it's a difficult decision even in situations where there isn't a cultural difference."The negative effects about just hearing about this transition would make any child, adult, teenager anxious and very sad," she said.She said it would leave the girl in a state of bereavement.The Hague Abduction Convention treaty now protects those parents across international waters. But since the treaty had not been signed at the time of the adoption, Karen can stay."It's important get it right," Bishop said.The family's international attorney in Washington said that the child's well-being and safety should be paramount.A local attorney for the Monahans said they don't plan to make any public statements any time soon.