After four years of incurring contempt and criminal charges, 43 year old, Japanese legal U.S. citizen, Emiko Inoue returns her daughter to the father, physician Moises Garcia in Fox Point, Wisconsin as a deal to avoid jail time. An advocacy group for parents, whose children were kidnapped and taken to other countries, specifically by the other parent, commented that this act of the daughter’s return was a first from Japan, making international news.
Inoue committed the crime in February of 2008, taking her daughter to Japan, and avoided court orders shortly after Garcia filed for divorce. When Inoue went to renew her U.S. residency in April 2011 in Hawaii, she was arrested on a Wisconsin warrant. She pleaded no contest under the condition that her felony would become a simple misdemeanor and her daughter would remain in Garcia’s care as he has legal custody. Another part of the agreement was that Inoue accede to full jurisdiction and orders of Milwaukee County family court and was specifically ordered not to engage in any legal efforts in Japan to alter the current custody arrangement.
Unfortunately, after all of the agreements, Inoue said she has not seen her daughter since December and according to Garcia’s attorney, James Sakar, she has yet to meet all the requirements. On the day of her court appearance, Japanese TV crews flocked to the courtroom in order to capture the history making event. It is cases like this that Patrick Braden, founder of Global Future, hopes will inspire action for returning abducted children from Japan to the U.S.
[via JS Online]