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Cary man fighting to bring infant daughter home

Posted March 26, 2009

Devon Davenport, of Cary, says his daughter means everything to him, and that's why he is fighting to bring her home.

Seven-month-old Nadia Lynn Drummond has been in Brazil with her mother since Feb. 5, even though a North Carolina court awarded him legal custody of the child after her mother violated their shared custody agreement.

Devon Davenport Cary dad in international custody fight

But if a child has a passport, it is very easy for a parent to take him or her out of the country. And it's hard to get that child back.

There are approximately 1,900 U.S. children who have been abducted overseas by a parent.

Davenport's attorney filed a motion asking a judge to order the baby's mother, Larissa Drummond, a native of Brazil, to turn over the baby's passport.

But Brazil has a history of not returning children, even though an international agreement called the Hague Convention on Private International Law requires member countries to return children to their rightful homes within six weeks.

David Goldman, a New Jersey man, has been fighting to get his son back from Brazil since 2004. His very public battle has garnered international media attention for the issue. Davenport hopes Goldman's plight will help open the door for cases like his.

"There have been no fathers who have successfully used the Hague Convention in Brazil and gotten their children back," Davenport said.

Still Davenport has filed a request asking Brazil to return his daughter.

"I'll never give up," he said. "It's not an option for me. (I'll) keep fighting."

For now, Davenport cherishes the memories he has of his daughter.

"Spending time with her was the most important thing to me," he said.


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  • irishgirlsarepretty Mar 27, 2009

    That is hands down one of the most beautiful babies I've ever seen!

    Go Devon go! Give 'em hell!

  • mommy2caroline Mar 27, 2009

    I have to agree that if this was the mom trying to get her child back I think the entire world would back her. Nice to see a story about a man interested in being much more than a sperm donor.

  • Munchie Mar 27, 2009

    Rev RB I dont think anyone is forgetting about the mothers out there but this story is about a father trying to get his daughter back.

    I hope they are reunited soon.

  • 2beachy4u Mar 27, 2009

    I hope this young man gets his daughter back. I can't imagine how bad he must miss her. I have a daughter and I would never keep her from her father. He plays an active role in her life and gets her as much as his schedule allows. It does affect the children in the long run, not just the other parents. People need to be more concerned about the best interest of the child versus their hatred or harsh feelings toward the other parent. God bless this child!

  • bronzegoddess40 Mar 27, 2009

    I wish this young man the best. See, there are young men out here who are wanting to be in their children's lives and provide for them and make sure that they are happy and healthy. For this woman to do this is just sad, there is always talk about how men don't do this and that and she has one that is more than willing and wanted to be in the child's life. He does have a great attorney, he helped my son with a similar situations when he was denied visitation to see his daughter because her mother did not want him too. But he got visitation, pays his child support and is active in his daughter's life. I will be praying for this young that he will get his daughter back.

  • Eduardo1 Mar 27, 2009

    How about our State Dept getting involved in cases such as this.
    If not, how about our CIA, FBI, SEALS, Delta's bringing them out. And if they won't do it, get the MASSAD to do it

  • FromClayton Mar 27, 2009

    wow that is great. with all the baby daddys that just walk away from their kids it is so nice to see one that actually wants his. I pray that the best parent gets the kid.

  • boomylar Mar 27, 2009

    thats kinda awesome that a man is willing to go thru all this for his kid...

  • sunflowerbubbles Mar 27, 2009

    I hope he wins this case and he gets this precious daughter back. Shame on this mother and she should have some kind of punishment. Praying this child is returned safely!

  • bob1974 Mar 26, 2009

    Yes, RB, let's not forget the mother's who go through this, especially since that has no relevance to this particular story! I guess father's mean nothing to you? I could add more but Golo probably wouldn't allow it.