Girl, 12, is separated from her family in the hurricane-destroyed Bahamas before being separated from her meter on arrival in the US and placed in an abandoned children's shelter
- Bahamian girl separated from meters after they were evacuated to Florida
- It is housed in a shelter in Miami Gardens under HHS custody
- Her biological mother now faces a long process of getting her daughter back
A Bahamian girl is divorced from her family and placed in an American abandoned childcare center after being evacuated to Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Kaytora Paul, 12, was separated from her meter by US customs and border protection after being transferred from the destroyed island of Abaco.
Kaytora was previously divorced from her parents and three other brothers and sisters during rescue efforts on the island and was flown to Florida with her meter on Sunday evening.
The pair was transferred to Miami International Airport, but reportedly subsequently divorced because the meter is not the child's biological parent.
Kaytora Paul, 12, (photo) was separated from her meter by US customs and border protection after being evacuated from the destroyed island of Abaco
Two cars are seen in the area destroyed by Hurricane DOrian in Marsh Harbor, Bahamas on September 10
Speak to the Miami Herald, Kaytora & # 39; s biological mother, Katty Paul said: & i found losing my home devastating. Or moving to another island or country was devastating.
& # 39; But when I found out they have her, my baby, I mean, there are no words. At that moment I really lost everything. & # 39;
Kaytora & # 39; s biological aunt was reportedly also refused custody of the child, which is housed in His House Children & # 39; s Home in Miami Gardens under the custody of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Mrs. Paul, who was caught in Storm Dorian with her husband and their four young children, said the family should be divorced when rescuers came before them because there was & # 39; not enough space & # 39; and Kaytora ended up with her godmother.
Mrs. Paul is now facing a tough fight to get her daughter back.
Homes were in ruins a week after Hurricane Dorian hit the Marsh Harbor area of Abaco in the Bahamas.
She was told to sign up to become her daughter's sponsor through the Department of Health (HHS) and to provide official documentation such as a birth certificate and proof of address, and the whole process could take weeks or months last.
Meanwhile, Paul has been given until 26 September to stay in the US.
& # 39; I don't even want to think about what that will look like – if I have to leave here before I can claim my own daughter, & # 39; she said to the Miami Herald.
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