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Nov 18, 2015

Nina Perez Still in Human Services Custody…Mother Begs for Compassion

Nina Perez

Two-year-old Nina Charlotte Barrera-Perez was removed from her home in Orange Walk Town and taken into protective custody by the Human Services Department five days ago, last Friday. To date her mother, Analiz Gutierrez, has not seen her, and has not been made privy to the location where she is being kept. Human Services officials claim that they acted on the request of the Guatemalan central authority which alleges that the child was wrongfully removed from Guatemala and brought to Belize. Analiz Gutierrez claims that she was granted custody of her child by a Guatemalan court, and that’s when she came to Belize to live, away from Nina’s father.

The way the matter has been handled has elicited some outrage as Analiz Gutierrez and the Human Services Department try to sort things out in Court. What happens in that arena is the black and white aspect of what is certainly an emotional matter with an innocent two year old caught in the middle. New Five has received a leaked copy of a letter sent to the C.E.O. responsible for the Human Services Department, Judith Alpuche, by Gutierrez. In that letter the distraught mother begs for the opportunity to see Nina, stating, “I implore you as a woman, and appeal to your compassion and humanity to kindly allow me to see or have access to my daughter as soon as possible, perhaps sometime later today.” Gutierrez pleads with Alpuche, claiming that, “I feel that I am going to die, or cannot live any longer, without seeing my daughter, holding her, caressing and comforting her at a time when I am sure she must be really needing me beside her to soothe her fears away.”

Interestingly, according to the Families and Children’s Act Section one sixteen, “whenever a child is placed under emergency protection, his parents or the persons with whom the child was living shall be informed as soon as practicable and shall be allowed to have contact with the child unless it is not in the interests of the child.” Late word to News Five tonight is that the mother will be allowed to visit with Nina on Friday and that the child will be placed in the care of relatives.

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2 Responses for “Nina Perez Still in Human Services Custody…Mother Begs for Compassion”

  1. Marie says:

    They need to revamp laws and let both parents share custody of this adorable child, unless one parent is mentally unfit to carry out their duties.

  2. madperson says:

    Wasn’t it easier for Human Services to take away the mother and the child’s passport if they thought she was going to leave the country instead of taking her child away. This is cruelty unless the child was in danger I would think that was the right way to go which I don’t think it was the case.

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