US high court won’t hear Guatemalan adoption case

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CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) _ A Guatemalan woman’s effort to reverse her child’s adoption by a Missouri couple apparently is over.

The Joplin Globe reports ( the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case filed by the biological mother of a boy who was adopted by a couple from Carthage in 2008.

Seth and Melinda Moser adopted the boy who is now 7 years old after the parental rights of his biological mother, Encarnacion Romero, were terminated. The Mosers’ attorney, Joe Hensley, says they are elated with the outcome.

Authorities determined in that Romero had abandoned and neglected the child after she was arrested on immigration violations when the child was 11 months old. Many of her supporters contend she lost her parental rights because she was in the country illegally.