Alondra Luna Nunez : Mexican teen wrongly sent to US reunited with family

Alondra Luna Nunez : Mexican teen wrongly sent to US reunited with family

Alondra Luna Nunez, a 14-year-old Mexican girl grabbed by police at school and sent to the United States in a case of mistaken identity has been reunited with her parents, providing a happy ending to a saga that had captivated the country.

In a distressing case of mistaken identity, Alondra Luna Nunez was pulled screaming from the school in Mexico before flying her to Dorotea Garcia in Texas who thought she was her daughter, Alondra Diaz Garcia.

Once in Houston she underwent a DNA test which proved she was not the woman’s daughter.

Her parents are now considering taking legal action against the officials and judge who ordered the drastic action.

Her father, Gustavo, said to reporters: ‘I want to enjoy being with my daughter. Thank you all for supporting us.

‘Right now, what I want is to speak with my daughter,’ he said. ‘I think that all the authorities involved in this were wrong.’

Luna said she holds no grudge against Mrs Garcia and hoped she would end up finding her daughter.

‘She told me to forgive her for everything she had done to us,’ Luna said.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that the case dates back to 2007, when Mexican authorities received a request for the return of a minor whose father brought her to the country from the United States.

In March this year, US authorities told Mexican counterparts that the mother of the child had travelled to Guanajuato and had identified the girl as her daughter after an eight-year search.

A Mexican judge subsequently asked the international police organization, Interpol, for assistance to get the girl, even though her real family insisted it was a case of mistaken identity, the ministry said.

The DNA test showed that the woman who asked for the girl’s return was not her mother.

The woman, who has not seen her daughter for eight years, had thought that Luna had the same scar as her daughter between her eyebrows.

The foreign ministry stressed that it was ‘just acting as a facilitator’ at the start of court proceedings and coordinated collaboration between US and Mexican authorities in the return of minors.

The governmental National Human Rights Commission has taken up the case.

Guanajuato’s Governor Miguel Marquez, who was at the airport, praised the girl’s courage during her ordeal.

‘This has a happy ending. Fortunately, thank God, the family is reunited,’ he said. ‘They didn’t lose their heads. They stayed calm.’