September 9th, 2010
08:13 PM ET

Parents try to recover runaway teen in Brazil

The parents of a 15-year-old American girl are seeking to get their daughter back after she ran away with her boyfriend to Brazil, where authorities handed her over to the boyfriend's family.

The Brazilian authorities' decision to give custody of Samantha Hernandez to her boyfriend's uncle, while a legal action against her goes through the system, has left her family and U.S. officials scratching their heads.

"If this was a senator's daughter, if this was a congressman's daughter, somebody would've gotten her back already," said Samantha's father, Robert Hernandez of Florida.

On August 29, Samantha and her boyfriend, whom she had met online less than a year ago, boarded a flight from Boston, Massachusetts, to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with Samantha using a fake passport, police said.

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  1. bitedabullet

    Nice how everyone on here blames Brazil, but...hmmm...wasn't it Boston's Logan Airport who even let this girl board the plane bound for Brazil??? Now isn't this the SAME airport who also allowed the hijackers to board a plane that smashed into WTC???? USA always does finger pointing, Point at Boston's Logan Airport for starters they allowed this 15 year old to even board the plane in the first place, What about all this Great Homeland security?? Guess it truly doesn't exist! Now you also point fingers at this 15 year old that she is so immature bla,bla and maybe she is or could be, But what your failing to realize when a teenager talks like this one is, you have to question what is going on in her life AT home. because it is evident there are serious problems underlying to have even brought all of this to happen.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wraithian

    Brazil has a terrible track record with returning *our* children. Whether there is more going on at home or not, Brazil has an obligation to return children to their country of origin. She needs to be brought home, and DFS needs to sort out the, "why's."

    Honestly, I wish we'd sanction Brazil until they get off the stick and start sending our kids home. Leaving US occupation on the table, for those so inclined with that mindset. 😉

    September 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ariel

      Why don't you send the Marines to Brazil?
      Oh wait, they are too fat to fight in tropical jungles... :-)))

      September 15, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tomas Bottel

      She thinks you are boring and anoying:
      Rage against the machine!!!

      September 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. willy

    yeah!!! blame it all in Brazil! the Roman Empire with its great Boston Airport, staff, security, american airlines, screeners, passport readers..has NOTHING to do with that!!! no wonder this south asia, no..wait a minute, this african country depend on us to buy their coffee. Isn't? who cares about their laws? those jungle monkeys has no laws!!! so, let's stop buying some coffee from this african country and destroy it!!! and if doens't work, we bomb them!!!!!!!
    P.s: is there a typical american ignorance or am I just been ironic?

    September 13, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Vinnie

    is there a typical american ignorance !!!!!

    September 19, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. vivian V

    she used a fake passport, don't blame airport security.

    September 20, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    What are these parents doing after 3 months ? Why they did not took the 1st flight to Brazil ? Her mom was so calm . . . .

    December 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
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