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An American father is in Rome this morning in a desperate bid for the return of his abducted son -- McCarty.
The nightmare began almost three years ago defying a US court order Leon's mother abducted the boy from his New York City kindergarten class.
And whisked him to her native Italy that's where an Italian court ruled.
That the mother was an unfit parent but unbelievably.
Instead of sending him home to his father the Italian authorities put -- In an orphanage in Rome.
Just three weeks ago -- -- was close to returning the boy to his father Michael but that's when something shocking happened and joining us live from -- -- father Michael McCarty Michael it's great to see you we know that three weeks ago.
You went to Italy thinking you were closer than ever to getting Leon back then what happened.
Yeah if it looked as if finally after this very long and hard battle.
I had made some progress and the courts were going to finally work with me to reunite -- dying.
And within maybe a couple of months I would have him back.
They they issued some orders to that effect.
And then what happened was I got on a plane.
Went back to new York and had messages on my phone that BM had been re abducted right from the courthouse it turns out a judge in the court house.
Handed him over to the family apparently they hand him over to the mother.
They are now missing they've been missing for three weeks I'm desperately trying to do anything I can't define them locate them get information.
Michael this is incredible what do you know today about -- possible whereabouts or even his well being.
Well it's gotten stranger.
By the minute.
I do know that.
I know he's alive and it -- apparently they are here in Italy because what the mother is now done is.
From her hiding place in -- -- and she has gone to the Italian press.
In a bid to sort of plead her case as a victim of this sits down man the I don't know powerful American father who's -- who's trying to steal her child -- or something.
It's pretty outrageous and and everybody here can't really believe it but you've gotten some support and -- -- got some stories so.
The press can find -- but the police can't.
Michael as you're speaking we're showing a picture of -- -- to -- -- -- his mother part of what's astonishing of course about this is that she is wanted.
By the FBI and Interpol for the original adoption from New York City and we can assume that she's now wanted by Italian authorities for the abduction from the courthouse.
Yet is anyone searching for her.
Yet -- does that kind of an area which -- the national police are searching for Leanne and her.
And I know there's and in a criminal investigation.
And I from my understanding there not very happy that press are able to get to her and she's telling her story but the police can't find -- so.
It's -- really bizarre.
Not you know I I am I'm just sort of beside myself and I'm very very worried about him I don't know what kind of condition he's in.
He hasn't been in school for three weeks it's it's really weird situation.
Michael you know back here at home this weekend Americans heard the news of the guilty verdict.
All of Amanda Knox senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State.
Has come out and said that that may have been a result of anti Americanism I know you've hit so many roadblocks.
In the past almost three years of trying to get your little boy -- there.
Home do you think bit anti Americanism plays a role in your case as well.
It's difficult to say -- you know I can't say for certain that people are anti American against me but I can say.
That there were definitive.
Court orders judgments and findings from the united states courts.
That have been utterly ignored here from day one.
And to me that is just outrageous -- primarily the order of custody -- was placed in an orphanage rather than given back to me.
And in addition there have been and -- the valuations.
And allegations made.
All that stuff was determined in the US.
The result of that is that mind boy is very very traumatized and damage the system here has made my son's sake.
And I would need to get a -- here it's really it's urgent situation.
Michael you know it sounds so hopeless but since we broke this story on fox months ago.
I've always been astounded by your perseverance what can Americans who -- listening today do.
To try to help this situation.
The best thing they can do is to right.
To our government right to the secretary of state and insists that she get directly involved.
At a high level here in Italy.
And protect this little US American citizen I mean if it's outrageous that this can happen and that people aren't taking steps.
To protect him he's a US citizen he should be back in America if he needs help.
Because of the trauma he's been through will get it for him.
This this can't be allowed to happen people need to take action I I've encourage them and urge them to -- said.
And if people want to know more they can go to the website say Leon dot org Michael McCarty keep us posted best of luck over there were -- thinking yeah.
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