2 Texas dads share unfortunate bond after children kidnapped

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sabrina Allen has been missing since she was allegedly abducted by her non-custodial mother in 2002. Sabrina and her mother, Dara Llorens were found in Mexico and brought back to the United States Tuesday.

The case is similar to one KXAN started investigating a couple of years ago. Stephen James fought to get his two sons back from Mexico where their mother, who did not have legal custody, took the children. James and Sabrina’s father, Greg Allen, have a lot in common.

“I’m going to ask her if I can give her a hug. She’s in pretty bad shape is my understanding,” Allen said Wednesday.

After 12 years of not watching his little girl grow up Allen finally has his daughter back. “When this first started the first year, I took a month off to go to Mexico City. I was putting up flyers on sign posts and mailboxes.”

The FBI says in 2002 Greg’s ex-wife, Dara Llorens, took her daughter for a scheduled visit but never returned her home, and instead fled to Mexico.

James can relate. In the summer of 2012, his sons Matteo, now 14, and Zane, now 10, were taken by their mother to Mexico. It wasn’t until more than a year later that James was with his boys again.

“I know what he’s feeling and I know what he’s been through,” said James. “It’s really a terrible thing people don’t realize, and they don’t know the pain until it happens to them or someone close to them.”

Both dads dealt with the struggles of getting authorities to help out. Both hired private investigators.

Even with Sabrina back in Texas, the healing is far from over.

“This is something that is not over the day you get your child back,” said James.

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