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Feds charge Texan man with parental abduction charges after attempt to flee to Iraq with child via Mexico City

March 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds charge Texan man with parental abduction charges after attempt to flee to Iraq with child via Mexico City

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A Texas man with family members in Iraq, was arrested in connection with the parental abduction of his child. The man had taken the child to Mexico City where he was trying to obtain an Iraqi passport.

On Monday, 36-year-old Ismail Khaleel al-Gebory appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milroy, who formally informed him of the international parental abduction charges and ordered that he remain held by the U.S. Marshal’s Service until a detention hearing is scheduled for a later date. During the court appearance, al Gebory was appointed an attorney.

Authorities arrested al-Gebory on February 24th in Mexico City based on a complaint filed by the FBI in Brownsville, Texas.

The criminal complaint indicated that the child’s mother had primary custody and al Gebory would travel from San Antonio to Brownsville for his visitations, the San Antonio Express reported.

Justice Department officials said during one of the visits on February 17th, al Gebory took the child and failed to return home.

The mother had informed police and that al Gebory had family back in Iraq.

The FBI, the U.S. Department of State, and Brownsville Police managed to find the child in Mexico City; and the child has been returned to the mother.

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