Court Upholds Carthage Couple's Adoption of Guatamalan Boy
The Missouri Court of Appeals has upheld the adoption of a Guatemalan child by a Carthage couple. The court is supporting a lower court's decision to terminate the parental rights of the boy's biological mother, Encarnancion Romero, and authorize the adoption by Seth and Melinda Moser, who have raised the now 6-year-old boy since he was a year old. Romero had challenged a July 2012 decision that found she had forfeited her rights because she had abandoned and neglected the child. The boy was 11 months old when Romero was arrested in May 2007 in an immigration raid at a Barry County poultry processing plant.