Sabrina Allen found safe

As seven or eight people have written to inform me, little Sabrina Allen, who was abducted by her non-custodial mother twelve years ago, has been located alive, southeast of Mexico City. She’s not so little anymore: four years old when she was taken, she’s now seventeen.

As per usual, Sabrina’s abductor Dara told her all sorts of horrible lies about her searching father. I encourage you to donate to Greg Allen’s GoFundMe page to ease the transition and the rekindling of their relationship. Presumably it will pay for counseling and suchlike; Sabrina is already seeing a psychologist. Although she’s in good health physically, she’s traumatized and she hasn’t been in school. Her mother dragged her from pillar to post and they both used multiple alias names. Greg hasn’t even met with her yet and I wonder if she speaks English anymore.

Watching the video of Greg on the GoFundMe page, my eyes filled with tears. This recovery should make me feel really good, but instead, thinking of how Sabrina is in such terrible shape due to her mother’s actions (which so many people defend, almost by reflex), I feel a little bit sick.

I wish her the best life she can have.

13 thoughts on “Sabrina Allen found safe

  1. Mo October 2, 2014 / 9:18 am

    Horrible! I’m glad her mother who was believed to of had died in Mexico has been found alive also, so now she can pay. There is speculation going around that Dara was having plastic surgery done, so that people wouldn’t recognize her and that due to her change in looks was why private investigators believed she eventually became deceased. I can only hope for the best for Sabrina.

  2. Celeste Keenan October 3, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    It’s sick to think that this woman that Sabrina calls “mom” could have treated her daughter with such disregard for her emotional well being.
    Sabrina deserved to have both of her parents in her life. How can she learn to trust people when she doesn’t even know what’s the truth and what’s a lie?

  3. Mion October 3, 2014 / 9:39 pm

    A lot of people are sympathetic to the abductor in cases like this. For one, people assume that the child isn’t in danger because they’re with a parent. And two, tens of millions of people in this country have had to go through (sometimes extremely frustrating and emotionally draining) child custody battles, and they can sympathize with the abductor.

    I think a lot of people can also see themselves in the same situation, ‘abducting’ their child if their ex is abusive or there’s some other emergency. If I had a kid and knew they were being abused by my ex and I had exhausted all legal options, I would probably abduct my child – there’s no way I could drop off my child at their house every weekend knowing what was going on. Thing is, in many cases, it’s just a case of the abducting parent being an absolute child and doing it mostly out of spite.

    Unfortunately, cases like this prove that parental abduction *absolutely* is abuse and that you should never assume the child is safe just because they’re with a parent. I hope Sabrina can recover from all she’s been through, and hopefully catch up on her education (and relearn English, if she’s forgotten it). But the hardest part will probably be accepting that her mother has been lying to her for literally as long as she can remember, and that she IS a victim of abuse even if her mother meant well. It’s going to be really rough for her to heal.

  4. Mion October 3, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Out of curiosity – Meaghan, on one part of your site (can’t remember what page), you say that you will not remove family abduction cases from your site if the abductor demands it, and you will contact LE.

    Has that ever happened (the abductor contacting you to try to get the case removed)?

    • Meaghan October 4, 2014 / 2:34 am

      It’s happened to me too.

  5. BGL October 4, 2014 / 8:24 am

    Completely agree. Greg does seem like the kind of guy who really has it in him to be incredlbly patient, though, and I believe/hope they will be able to reconcile, and he can help her heal.

    • Celeste Keenan October 4, 2014 / 4:38 pm

      He has to be patient with Sabrina. They haven’t seen each other in 12 years. The fact that her mother hid that she had a father must be a shock to her. She also has half siblings that she’s never met before.

  6. John October 9, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    Since she’s been found, shouldn’t her page be deleted?

    • Celeste Keenan October 10, 2014 / 2:19 am

      Yeah. Shouldn’t you resolve Sabrina’s case since she’s been found?

      • Meaghan October 10, 2014 / 9:14 am

        I will soon.

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