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  • alwaysCool Dec 12, 6:30 p.m.

    Why was the father charged??? Since they were not married, they both had joint custody. Yea, he was a sorry father for not providing education, but, in many countries, even that is not forced. He may have been following the law of his Barrio. Medical is the same. We take that all our rules apply, they do not. I personally think that its time to take the English language back.

  • alwaysCool Dec 12, 6:21 p.m.

    She has been here well over and needs an interperter!! Call the cops for help but she does not want to learn the languague. How can she help her son? Since he is a US citizen. Take him away from her.

  • storchheim Dec 11, 6:09 p.m.

    " Get a grip people. No official language exists at the federal level. This country is a melting pot and that is a reason why it is so great." self-advertiser

    This country has become a garbage pail and it's no longer great.

  • ncouterbanks69 Dec 11, 5:12 p.m.

    I may be a little prejudiced, because I AM an interpreter in the courtroom, thanks to the Title VI Act of 1964 and most recently, a DOJ filing against the State of NC for not providing ENOUGH interpreters.

    Your job should not be necessary at all. You could find work for diplomats etc but no way should we have to spend money on criminals who can not speak english.

  • ncouterbanks69 Dec 11, 4:52 p.m.

    as long as our govt allows the criminal immigrant population to grow and thrive in this country we will continue to see crime such as this and much worse. these criminals have no respect for us or our culture , they are here for one thing money , and all the freebies our tax dollars can pay for.

    Someone on golo gets it!

  • latigrita Dec 11, 4:15 p.m.

    I am amazed at how an article about a violent kidnapping suddenly turns into a tirade about interpreters in courtrooms and immigration.

    I may be a little prejudiced, because I AM an interpreter in the courtroom, thanks to the Title VI Act of 1964 and most recently, a DOJ filing against the State of NC for not providing ENOUGH interpreters.

    **Discuss**

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 11, 2:41 p.m.

    aren the parental rights the same for both parties?

    Yes.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 11, 2:35 p.m.

    The dad got exactly what he deserved; 5 to 6 years in prison. May the mother and her son reconnect and not have to worry about this man. I wishs them both the very best.

  • bngexpress Dec 11, 2:25 p.m.

    as long as our govt allows the criminal immigrant population to grow and thrive in this country we will continue to see crime such as this and much worse. these criminals have no respect for us or our culture , they are here for one thing money , and all the freebies our tax dollars can pay for.

  • workinghuman33 Dec 11, 1:21 p.m.

    geesh.... the bigots are out today-NiceNSmooth"

    I do not have hatred nor intolerance for illegals. I do however have huge concern with the state of our economy. I am tired of hearing about entitlements and folks wanting hand outs...I don't have a problem with folks paying into our system that need a leg up from time to time. I do however have a problem with thousands of American citizens not being able to receive health care because they either can't afford insurance or have pr-existing conditions...but any illegal can be treated for free...as our health care costs go up. There are 4 million people waiting to get into our country LEGALLY but can't due to the 20 million illegals already here. 5 million of which are on some sort of federal assistance. You may call it bigotry...which is not accurate...I call it being concerned about millions draining our economic system that may well leave tax paying Americans homeless & hungry.

  • RALEIGHNATIVE25 Dec 11, 1:14 p.m.

    I am not referring to this case; I am speaking in general. If you are not married and have children; aren the parental rights the same for both parties?

  • NiceNSmooth Dec 11, 12:40 p.m.

    Somebody please post the law, that says a parent can not take their child out of the country. I am just wondering.

    Well, did the father have joint custody? Did the father break into her home with his buddies and kidnap the child? Sounds like somebody lost a custody battle with his ex and now is trying to be an advocate for father's rights lol

  • NiceNSmooth Dec 11, 12:25 p.m.

    by the way all the people concerned with this mother learning to speak English...... when you leave NC do ywall stop speaking Southern English?

  • NiceNSmooth Dec 11, 12:21 p.m.

    geesh.... the bigots are out today

  • RALEIGHNATIVE25 Dec 11, 12:20 p.m.

    Somebody please post the law, that says a parent can not take their child out of the country. I am just wondering.

  • storchheim Dec 11, 12:15 p.m.

    "B.) What good would come of labeling a child's nationality that of their parents? For example, if both parents are citizens or LPM and baby was born here, why would you do this? I thought this was something that set us apart from other countries."

    If both parents are citizens, the baby's a citizen. I don't know what LPM means so can't comment.

    This destructive policy does set us apart. I doubt many other countries just let women with no ID or legal right to be there sit on the hospital steps till they're crowning, are compelled by law (those wonderful health care laws that we so evilly chose not to follow) to treat them, and then make them both brand-new citizens eligible for free cash for life!

  • storchheim Dec 11, 12:08 p.m.

    "So are you telling me when you have traveled outside of the US you have been fluent in the language of the country you visited?"

    Fluent enough to get help if I need it. Also fluent enough in English that I don't have to start sentences with "So".

  • storchheim Dec 11, 12:06 p.m.

    TTSP, my ancestors came here through Ellis Island, not through the maternity ward.

  • SmokeWagon Dec 11, 11:53 a.m.

    ..."I thought this was something that set us apart from other countries...."

    It is...go have a child in Mexico as a US citizen and see if it gets Mexican citizenship.....!!!!

  • dipenkara Dec 11, 11:52 a.m.

    What a sad thing to do to your own child

  • workinghuman33 Dec 11, 11:50 a.m.

    There's just a little difference between traveling somewhere and living somewhere for 6 years, I do believe if I was to live somewhere 6 years and plan on continuing to live there I would learn the native language.......6 years is a long "visit"
    samdutes"

    Although I am very saddened that this woman had to go through all that she went through to get her child back, and I am sure it's gonna take a lot to reconnect with her son.....I thought exactly the same thing. Some folks think it's not a big deal, but I was thinking tax payers dollars were spent every time she needed an interpretor in court. I thought she'd been here 7 years..not 6. WHY wouldn't someone take the time or have enough respect for our country & it's language to learn to speak English if you plan to stay here more than a "visit"? Legal or not legal I think it's of functional importance to speak the language of the country you live in for 7 years. If I moved to a country that spoke another language I'd learn it.

  • Marty King Dec 11, 11:16 a.m.

    What is sad is that if the mother kidnapped the child, nobody would care.

  • Bartmeister Dec 11, 10:00 a.m.

    It wasn't mentioned and I'm assuming these people are "legals". There was once a time when you didn't have to assume that, now? Not so much.

  • Fireflies Rock Dec 11, 10:00 a.m.

    I don't get why most of the comments here are about the mother's language. This woman was victimized first by 4 men who broke into her home illegally, tied her up and threatened her son's life. Secondly, her son was stolen from her; you can't even compare this in any way with our legal system's custody decisions. This child has been shuffled aroound 2 countries to avoid detection, has not been educated, and has not received medical or dental care. He has a long way to go to have normalcy in his life. I hope the child and his mother receive counseling, perhaps from a victim's group? This father obviously didn't have his son's interests at heart and the punishment should fit the crime.

  • samdutes Dec 11, 9:49 a.m.

    So are you telling me when you have traveled outside of the US you have been fluent in the language of the country you visited?

    ---latigrita

    There's just a little difference between traveling somewhere and living somewhere for 6 years, I do believe if I was to live somewhere 6 years and plan on continuing to live there I would learn the native language.......6 years is a long "visit"

  • ncouterbanks69 Dec 11, 9:45 a.m.

    What good would come of labeling a child's nationality that of their parents? For example, if both parents are citizens or LPM and baby was born here, why would you do this? I thought this was something that set us apart from other countries.

    It does....it is dragging us down to a 3rd world country.

  • jdo823 Dec 11, 9:40 a.m.

    So tell me this people, It not OK for the father to take HIS child away from the mother, BUT, it's OK for the GOVERNMENT to take the child from his FATHER? Hmmmm.....

  • freedomrings Dec 11, 9:33 a.m.

    A. ) Has it occurred to anyone that she used a translator because she wanted to ensure she completely understood and effectively communicated with the public about this during a most emotional time? My husband is a LPR and has been here for 8 years, took three years of ESL and STILL has questions about the language as it's a complex one.

    B.) What good would come of labeling a child's nationality that of their parents? For example, if both parents are citizens or LPM and baby was born here, why would you do this? I thought this was something that set us apart from other countries.

  • Canes Girl Forever Dec 11, 9:23 a.m.

    So happy for Mother and Son!

  • shannonatlanticvend Dec 11, 9:19 a.m.

    This is not about what language the mother is speaking. This is about a child who was taken away from his mother. Get a grip people. No official language exists at the federal level. This country is a melting pot and that is a reason why it is so great. f you dont "agree" with a person's language choice, dont speak it!

  • latigrita Dec 11, 9:07 a.m.

    If I go to Rome, am I going to try to make all the Romans learn to speak English for me?

    So are you telling me when you have traveled outside of the US you have been fluent in the language of the country you visited?

    Ooops..you've probably never left North Carolina, my bad.

  • ncouterbanks69 Dec 11, 8:49 a.m.

    This is why we need to change the law to say that a baby's nationality is that of its parents.

    Bingo

  • PeaceRH Dec 10, 7:58 p.m.

    What a nightmare this had to have been for the mother and son!

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 10, 7:54 p.m.

    Gizakiaren -

    This is old news and doesn't need to be read over and over because you don't have anything else to do!!

  • Alex25 Dec 10, 7:34 p.m.

    This is what our Govt should be doing.............???????

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 10, 7:31 p.m.

    As for translators in courtrooms, when my maternal ancestors came here right after WWI, they not only were proud to learn English, they had to in order to pass the civilization test.

    We shouldn't have to change our entire systems for anyone.

    If I go to Rome, am I going to try to make all the Romans learn to speak English for me?

    Nope!

    When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

    And so it should be for the US.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 10, 7:30 p.m.

    retired - "I didn't read the article and have no desire to. I don't have time for these kind of guy's."

    Really?

    I don't comment to a story I haven't read. Doing that can easily make one look foolish.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Dec 10, 7:29 p.m.

    "A man convicted in October of kidnapping his 2-year-old and fleeing with him to Mexico six years ago was sentenced Monday to five to six years in prison."

    Not enough time.

    Give him enough time so that when he gets out, the child is an adult and can make his own choices about whether he wants a relationship with the father or not.

  • luvstoQ Dec 10, 7:28 p.m.

    She *could* have learned English in 6 years!!! That's the thing that gets me the most. If they will work hard, plus learn English, I think most people would feel kindlier towards them. A terrible thing to have your baby stolen from you and not even have schooling and medical care. Where was the father's heart? He deserves to pay. No one can love their child and treat them like that. He was probably thinking of just *punishing* the mother - how sad for all.

  • ThisTooShallPass Dec 10, 7:26 p.m.

    Why so many racists here? You dont know the mom's circumstances so stop judging. For all you know she has a job and pays taxes like everyone else. She certainly isn't illegal because if she was she never would have gone to the police to begin with. Also - your ancestors once came to America from a foreign country for a better life or you wouldn't be here, so instead of being so full of hatred and assumptions, be glad a child is back with his mom. Sheesh.

  • storchheim Dec 10, 7:12 p.m.

    This is why we need to change the law to say that a baby's nationality is that of its parents.

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 10, 7:09 p.m.

    I didn't read the article and have no desire to. I don't have time for these kind of guy's. But, if she is in the judicial system as scubagirl supposes, translator's are furnished by you and I through state taxes. Now don't go get all ballistic. Translators are called into the judicial system from a bank of numerous languages. Not just Spanish. We are the "melting pot", remember?

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 10, 7:04 p.m.

    This a good example of why we should have a deal with Mexico, to house, feed and take care of their citizens found guilty of crime here in the US, especially if the Meician authority were involved in helping to bring him here. It would a lot cheaper to pay them to keep him instead of us doing it here.

  • Scubagirl Dec 10, 6:39 p.m.

    Two things struck me watching this on the news:

    1) the boy NEVER went to school???

    2) the mother had a translator.

    Now I can understand #2 because even though she's been her 6 years it is very possible that the translator was there so that she could understand EVERYTHING and by speaking her native language she could have explained things much better. It is very possible that she speaks english well enough to get along day-to-day but not good enough for court. Can't fault her for that!

  • mfarmer1 Dec 10, 6:35 p.m.

    >> "Dad who fled with son to Mexico gets prison time"

    Good.

  • retiredindependentpopo Dec 10, 6:26 p.m.

    Was this guy an illegal? If he was, why did we bring him back here just to house and feed him? That makes no sense. Just deport him. If he's caught trying to cross back over, well . . . . .

  • jwood011 Dec 10, 6:25 p.m.

    Mexicans think they can live here, but still live by Mexican law instead of following American laws. My problem with this story is that the mother has been living here for well over 6 years, but still doesn't know English and needs an interpreter that taxpayers picked up the tab for.

  • lorid27549 Dec 10, 6:25 p.m.

    sheilarooker: Oh, gosh I was saying the same thing....six years and she's still not speaking English??

  • sheilarooker Dec 10, 6:07 p.m.

    While I'm not saying this is right, is it right that we are paying for a translator after being in the United States for at least 6 years; we as a country are still paying for others that refuse to learn english.

  • hazeyc Dec 10, 5:25 p.m.

    A mother's worst nightmare. And the father didn't even take care of the kid. He deserves the sentence of 20 years.

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