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. Llorens is currently being held on an aggravated kidnapping charge in the Travis County Jail in lieu of $1,000,000 bond. Sabrina was taken to an undisclosed location for medical evaluation, CNN reports.
Sabrina, who was last seen by her father when she was 4, is now 17. She and her mother were found Sept. 30 in a small town Southeast of Mexico City by a joint task force that included the FBI,US Marshals Service and Mexican federal agents.
Court documents obtained by KXAN show Llorens abducted Sabrina during a court-ordered unsupervised visit following her divorce from Sabrina’s father. When Llorens didn’t show up to drop off their daughter, her father called police. A judge ordered Llorens to turnover her daughter by 6 p.m. April 21, 2002. Llorens fled to Mexico.
According to a website dedicated to finding Sabrina, the girl and her mother were found in Mexico City in 2003 but managed to escape capture.
“They will live the rest of their life looking over their shoulder because whether 12 years, 1 month or 12 years, we don’t quit and we won’t stop,” Agent Dan Powers said in a news conference as a warning to others who might think about fleeing off with a child.
Powers said it’s been a cooperative effort with San Antonio FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Austin Police Department, The Mexican Federal Police and the National Institute of Immigration, Mexico.
“You know I’ve spent a lot of time traveling in Mexico and had a lot of help (from Mexican authorities) what happened is, we got lucky,” her father, Greg Allen, said in the news conference. “She’s home.”
Along with the help of law enforcement, Sabrina’s father hired a private investigator, Phillip Klein, out of Nederland, Texas to help him search for his daughter. He said someone tipped them off to where his ex-wife and daughter were in Tlaxcala which is about an hour and a half south of Mexico City, Mexico.
FBI officials said they were found at 10 a.m. on Tuesday then recovered by Mexican Immigration officials, taken to Mexico City then put on a direct flight to Houston.
“I was actually getting my teeth cleaned,” Allen said of the moment when he found out his daughter had been found. “I had rinse and spit (to take the call).”
Allen said he hadn’t gotten to see his daughter yet, but understands she’s been under intense parental alienation and that he believes he and his daughter have a long road ahead.
“She’s been manipulated and told I’m a bad guy, a wife beater and a child molester,” explained Allen. He said his daughter would go away with his ex-wife for the weekend in the past and would come back angry and yell at family members.
Allen said his daughter is with a clinical psychologist and is undergoing evaluations.
“She’s really not ready to see me and my family and I hope and pray that’s coming soon,” said Allen who said he wants to respect his daughter’s wishes.
He said the first thing he plans to do when he sees his daughter is to ask for a hug, he says.
Sabrina’s story has made a lot of news locally and nationally and even appeared twice on America’s Most Wanted. Allen said he wants people to know more about parental abductions.
“A lot of people don’t understand. They automatically assume, ‘the kid is with the mom what is the big deal,’ I can tell you if you do research or read about these cases, these are not things that are done by loving healthy parents, these are things done as a power play and the kids are the ones that pay the price,” said Allen.