Carlos Jamison Moser Will Stay in Carthage, Missouri, with Adoptive Parents


Encarnacion Bail - JOHN H. TUCKER
  • John H. Tucker
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The story of Carlos Jamison Moser, the 5-year-old biological son of Encarnacion Bail of Guatemala and the adoptive son of Seth and Melinda Moser of Carthage, continues to drag through the American legal system. Yesterday Judge David Jones ruled in juvenile court that the Mosers could proceed with the adoption of the boy, who has been in their care since his second birthday. 

Encarnacion Bail's attorney swiftly announced his intent to appeal the ruling. 

The child's plight has drawn national and international attention. Encarnacion Bail came to America illegally, and gave birth to her son here. While in prison for identity theft, her son was shuttled from relatives to friends to friends-of-friends, and eventually placed with a foster family, the Mosers, who came to love him as their own son. Bail remains in America only until the case is decided; the question has always been, will she be deported to Guatemala with her son, or alone? 

The Riverfront Times' John H. Tucker explored the legal, moral and familial twists of the story in the 2011 feature, "The Battle of Carthage." Read Tucker's with an open heart and you'll see what a difficult decision Judge David Jones had to make. No matter for whom he decides, a loving parent gets their heart broken.

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