Father Reunited With Abducted Daughter

Girl had been taken to Brazil in a case of parental abduction

By BJ Lutz and Lauren Jiggetts
|  Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 4:53 PM CDT
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May 31, 2011: State Department says number of parental abductions is rising.

May 31, 2011: State Department says number of parental abductions is rising.

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A Berwyn father's three-year struggle to be reunited with his young daughter came to an end Wednesday evening.

In a post to his website -- BringEmilyHome.org -- Michael Sanchez said he and his daughter, Emily, were brought together after reaching an agreement with the girl's mother.

"Thank you all for your well wishes and support. I will keep you updated on Emily and I," Sanchez wrote.

Emily Machado was born to Nigia Machado and Sanchez in 2005.  The couple broke up before the girl was born and it took two years to work out a parenting agreement. 

That agreement was shattered in 2008 when mother and daughter disappeared.  Sanchez sought out the help of the U.S. State Department, which later discovered the pair had gotten one-way tickets to Brazil.

Sanchez said he believes Machado, a Brazilian citizen, fled because she was afraid the U.S. court system would take away her custodial rights because she was an illegal immigrant.

Previously: Berwyn Man Fights for Daughter Abducted by Mother

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