Missouri Supreme court to consider adoption fight

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 10:08 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a Guatemalan woman whose son was adopted by a southwest Missouri couple while she was jailed for immigration violations.

The boy, nearly 4, was adopted in 2008 after his biological mother, Encarnacion M. Bail Romero, was caught up in an immigration sweep at a Barry County poultry plant. Romero contends she never agreed to the adoption and is seeking custody.

Seth and Melinda Moser of Carthage have had custody of the child since he was about 1 year old and maintain the adoption was legal.

The state Court of Appeals reversed the adoption, finding that the Jasper County court lacked authority to transfer custody of the child to the Mosers.

The high court will consider the case Nov. 9.

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