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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Darmstadt, HessePaces stars and stripes thursday december 9, 1999 ., Cuba Battle Over boy cold War style by David Crary the associated press if Elian Gonzalez had come from any other country but Cuba he might be Back with his father by now. Instead the 6-year-old boy in Miami is the focus of a cold War style dispute in which the Standard child welfare practices have become entangled in politics. Immigration lawyers and Chil Dren s rights advocates say an unaccompanied minor especially one As Young As Elian would nor Mally be sent Back to his Home country if Authorities located a competent Parent or guardian seeking to regain custody. In this Case though the pleas of Elian s father Juan Miguel Gonzalez Are competing with the complexities of Policy to Ward communist Cuba and Fidel Castro. Under anti Castro Laws in. Force for three decades even a 6-year old boy brought to Shore by the coast guard after his and other would be refugees drowned is eligible for Perma nent residency. No other country is singled out in this Way under Law. The evidence in this Case clearly demonstrates that the father is a fit and proper Parent said Jose Pertierra an immigration lawyer in Washington. If any other country were involved this Case would be a slam Dunk. The boy would have been placed on a plane Back to his Elian was found nov. 25 cling ing to an inner tube off the Florida coast and then released to a great aunt and great Uncle in Miami who want the boy to stay. The state department and the in Jose Goitia the associated press cuban grandmothers demonstrate in front of United states interests Section building in Havana Cuba on tuesday to demand the return of Elian Gonzalez from Miami to Cuba. The cuban boy who survived after his Mother was lost in the Waters off Florida has become a Folk hero in Cuba As Fidel Castro demanded his return from Miami. Migration and naturalization ser vice say Elian s Fate should be decided in Florida family court on the basis of humanitarian considerations unless his relatives can reach on agreement on their own. State department spokesman James Foley said tuesday night the ins will Contact Juan Miguel Gonzalez to explain the process by which it will evaluate his rights in the Case of his son. To Becker advocacy director of the children s rights division of human rights watch said .-Cuba politics have complicated what might otherwise have been a straightforward Case. In other cases where unaccompanied minors arrive in the United states the ins is usually eager to get rid of them As easily and quickly As possible if there s a Par ent in the Home country that wants the child Back she said. If the Case goes to a Miami court Becker said the judge should try to reach a nonpolitical judgment that serves Elian s Best interests and considers the father s request to continue raising his own son. Russ Bergeron a spokesman for the immigration and naturalization service said his Agency deals with Many unaccompanied minors each year. Some of those who seek political Asylum Are Al Lowed to remain for an extended period of time even if they have parents abroad he said. Bergeron stressed that cubans have a distinct status under Law and the decisions we remade Are in Complete compliance with immigration one unresolved question is whether Elian s ill fated voyage toward Florida constituted an abduction As Cuba alleges. Rela Tives say the boy split his time Liv ing with each of his divorced parents in Cuba and the father say she received no warning that the Mother was going to flee to Florida with Elian. It is an important Point be cause unlike Cuba the United states has signed an International agreement that commits it to re turning abducted children to their Home the Mother left without the father s knowledge or consent that would be an abduction said Marilyn Feuchs Marker a Greensboro n.c., lawyer who has handled Many International abduction cases. Christmas special Boston Baltimore Juk Philadelphia Washington Pallas Chicago Newark Houston Phoenix Seattle los Angeles san Francisco $409 $420 $489 $495 hot line 069-69593979 9-year-old boy lived with mom s Corpse for a month youth feared being placed in Foster care the associated press Memphis Tenn. A 9-year old boy lived for a month with his Mother s Corpse too afraid to Tell anyone she was dead because he feared being placed in Foster care. Travis Butler Cut his hair fixed meals mainly Frozen pizza be real and soup and went to school every Day from the time he said his Mother died nov. 3 until her body was discovered Mon Day. I just Don t know How that baby survived in there for a month with that smell family Friend Dorothy Jeffries said. It was the Saddest thing i have Ever seen in my police have not released a cause of death for Crystal Wells 30, but said foul play is not suspected. Jeffries said Wells suffered various health problems including High blood pressure. European adoption consultants each specializes i adoptions from Russia China Vietnam and placements Are completed within 6-8months if you Are a Citizen and would like to adopt Call Ron at 06127-7463 for a free information packet. Seminars for groups i Europe Are available upon our web site at european adoption consultants inc. 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When we kept asking he finally just broke Down and said mama can t talk anymore be cause she got really sick and i think she is dead " Wells body was on the living room floor. Travis had covered it with his Mother s coat and placed sheets of notebook paper Over her face Jeffries said. She said Travis begged them not to Call police because he was afraid of being placed in a Foster Home. Travis was turned Over to his maternal grandparents who live in Carthage miss., authorities said. 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