Devastated mother pleads for her son's safe return: 'I'll never stop looking for you'
A mother from Tampa, Florida has been desperate in seeking for help in the hopes of bringing back her son after the father took him to Lebanon without asking her first.
Supposedly, Dexter, who is three years old, was only going to spend the weekend with his father as per court order.
His mother, Rachelle Smith, was devastated when she found out that Dexter’s father, US citizen Ali Salamey, had taken her son to Lebanon.
Reports revealed that Salamey went to the embassy and was able to get passports for himself and his son before heading straight to Beirut.
My 3 year old beautiful boy Dexter Was Last Seen In The United States On August 24th, 2018. He Was Kidnapped By His Father And Taken To Lebanon. I Fear I May Never See My Beautiful Baby Boy Again. Please help!— Rachelle Smith (@Rachell01725234) September 3, 2018
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An emotional Smith exclaimed, “I will never stop looking for you, I promise.”
According to Dexter’s mother, she had already suspected that her son was going to be transferred to Lebanon by his father. Thus, she appealed to the court.
Bay Area Mom alleges her child’s father kidnapped 3-year old Dexter Salomey and took him to Lebanon. Rachelle Smith speaks to the press with her attorney. pic.twitter.com/aznFBwj0oC— DaveJordanBN9 (@DaveJordanBN9) August 29, 2018
Despite her efforts, Salamey was still granted permission to acquire passports through the Lebanese embassy.
Smith said, "I stated that I fear that Mr. Salamey will remove and hide our child. This fear was clearly valid. I am here to beg for any and all help to get my little boy returned."
@POTUS Mr President, With all due respect, sir I am asking you to please look into the case of the little boy in Tampa Florida, Dexter Solomon, who was kidnapped & taken to Lebanon. His mother, Rachelle Smith, is devastated. We need to bring Dexter home! pic.twitter.com/WjpTPrwkLn— Elizabeth Spencer (@NaunieBeth) August 30, 2018
As explained on ABC Action News, Lebanon does not acknowledge the U.S. extradition laws. Also, the country did not sign the Hague Convention Agreement, which is an international treaty to protect the people in such cases.
Technically, Smith does not have any power to bring back her son, which is why she had been pleading with the state department and the president for help.
Without the assistance of the government, Smith feared she might never see Dexter again.
Smith’s party had contacted Senator Rubio and Senator Nelson for help.
On the other hand, Alex Stavrou, Salamey’s attorney, expressed, "I would never have thought he would have taken any attempts to separate the child from his mother. Ali, quite frankly, lived for his son."
As of now, there are still no reports regarding Salamey and Dexter’s whereabouts.
Meanwhile, it may be an uncomfortable subject, but it’s important for the public to be informed about this.
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