Mom, daughter land in US after Mexico judge returns custody

May 16, 2015 4:24 PM by News Staff

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas woman and her long-missing daughter have arrived in Houston, the end of an eight-year cross-border case that had mistakenly sent another girl to the U.S. against her will.

Houston resident Dorotea Garcia and 13-year-old Alondra Diaz arrived Saturday morning at Bush Intercontinental Airport from Guadalajara, Mexico.

Diaz was taken to Mexico in 2007 by her father without her mother's consent and Diaz's whereabouts hadn't been known until recently.

The case gained attention last month after a judge in Mexico erroneously ruled that 14-year-old Alondra Luna was the missing girl and ordered her turned over to Garcia. DNA testing showed she wasn't Garcia's daughter and she returned to her real family.

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