- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon judge has upheld a state agency’s recommendation that a 6-year-old American-born girl be sent to live in Mexico with her father over the objections of her mother and maternal grandmother.

Three Salem lawmakers and Gov. John Kitzhaber had asked the Oregon Department of Human Services to review its recommendation after protests from the girl’s grandmother.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://is.gd/PfzJn9 ) that the grandmother has said the father has a domestic violence conviction that makes him an unfit parent. The newspaper says the girl is currently in foster care because her mother has a methamphetamine problem.

On Thursday, Marion County Circuit Judge Jamese Rhoades upheld the DHS recommendation after hours of consultation with all parties, including the father by phone, the girl’s lawyer, the child’s therapist, the mother and grandmother. Agency spokesman Gene Evans said the court hearing was a review of the case.

The agency makes a priority of reuniting a child with a legal parent.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com