Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Girl To Return to Guatemala This Month.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Guillermo Contreras Journal Staff Writer

Judge OKs Agreement For Transfer of Custody

LOS LUNAS A Guatemalan girl brought to New Mexico for treatment of birth defects will be back in her homeland in time for her seventh birthday under a plan approved Wednesday by a judge.

Thirteenth Judicial District Judge John W. Pope approved an agreement reached by the birth parents and the one-time adoptive parents of Michell Marion Johana Tobar Perez, 6.

The approval came in a 30-minute closed hearing with the foster parents' attorney, John J. Romero Jr., and the birth parents' lawyer, Jane Rocha de Gandara.

Neither the birth parents, Doris Magali Perez and Juan Francisco Tobar Silverio, nor the foster parents, Don and Rita Naylor, attended the hearing. …

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