Martin County Judge Places Daughter with sex offender dad


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A 7-year-old girl is living with her father who is a registered sex offender, despite the mother’s battle to get her daughter back.

Karla is from Brazil. She says she did not realize her then husband was a registered sex offender until after they were married and she was pregnant.  Karla ran off with her daughter to Texas after she says her daughter complained about being abused.

According to a Department of Children and Families report from 2010 obtained by WPTV, “the child has made statements indicating that her father has molested her.”

The report says the investigation was closed with “verified findings of sexual abuse.”

The father was never charged.

After nearly three years on the run, Karla was arrested and the father was given custody. Karla’s been fighting since to regain custody but says a lack of money kept her from getting good legal representation.

The mother says she is only allowed to see her daughter for a few hours under supervision on Saturdays.

“You can’t imagine the pain, but every time the pain hurts me really hard I have to close my eyes and see my daughter’s smile,” the mother Karla said.

Martin County Judge Laurie Buchanan called the allegations “very serious” in court, but did not make a decision on Friday because the father’s attorney said he wasn’t given all discovery in the case.

Another hearing is set for the end of July.

Read More: Sex Offender Gets Custody of Martin County Child

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