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Family Fights To Get Back Adopted Daughter

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Family Fights To Get Back Adopted Daughter

CREATED Apr 2, 2014

CHARLOTTE, Tenn. - A Dickson County family is fighting to be reunited with their adopted daughter. They say she was taken from them, without warning, 63 days ago.

Nine-year-old Sonya was legally adopted by David and Kim Hodgin in 2008. Supporters with the Bring Sonya Home group say in 2009 her birth father used a legal loophole to overturn the adoption while in prison. Since January, she has lived with him in Nebraska.

"She's in schools and on teams and within a split second she's ripped away from her family," said supporter Brandi Croff.

Cameras weren't allowed in the Dickson County Juvenile Courtroom where the Hodgin family and their friends hoped the ongoing legal battle brings Sonya home.

Sonya's adopted father and mother declined interviews because of the pending case, but family members say they are still in pain after having Sonya since she was 13-months-old.

"We were the only family Sonya knew," said her adopted uncle Tim McElhiney.

The family says on January 29th of this year, the Department of Children Services took Sonya and gave her to her birth father, and the pair flew to Nebraska.

"They refused to let any of us talk to Sonya. They took her in a matter of a couple of hours," McElhiney said.

After only a couple of phone calls begging to come home, communication was cut-off with any friends or family she's known.

"She's not a puppy. She's not something that you have for a couple of months and it's ok when they're gone. This is her parents, (they) have been there for her when she had a nightmare, when she's been sick, when she's got a boo-boo. That's family," said Croff.

Wednesday, the Hodgins petitioned the court to give them a say-so in the custody proceedings, and the court granted it.

Now, during a May 15th hearing, they will ask the judge to vacate his order, or reverse his decision. That could include suing the state.

"We want Sonya back. We'll do whatever it takes and we won't stop until we can undo what they did," McElhiney said.

Attorneys for DCS and Sonya herself said in court she appears to be adjusting to life in Nebraska. Reports indicate Sonya did live with her biological father for a short time when she was an infant.

You can find out more about this battle to bring Sonya home by going to this website:  
http://bringsonyahome.com/