Man accused of abducting daughter in La Habra, fleeing to Guatemala denies charge

September 14, 2015


A man accused of abducting his then-4-year-old daughter from her mother in La Habra and keeping her in Guatemala for more than a year pleaded not guilty Friday to a child abduction charge, officials said.

Felipe Alexander Delgado, 22, of La Habra, was last seen with his 4-year-old daughter, Isabella, on July 27. Anyone with information was asked to call La Habra police at 562-383-4333.

Felipe Alexander Delgado, 22, of La Habra, was last seen with his 4-year-old daughter, Isabella, on July 27. Anyone with information was asked to call La Habra police at 562-383-4333.

Felipe Alexander Delgado, 23, picked up his daughter from the home of her mother on July 26,2014, La Habra police and Orange County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.

Delgado, who had formerly been involved in a romantic relationship with the girl’s mother and had no formal custody agreement, was supposed to return the girl home after a day trip to the beach, officials said.

Instead, “Delgado is accused of abducting (the girl) by forcing her to travel with him to Guatemala and not telling her mother where he was taking the child,” according to the statement.

The mother reported her daughter missing to La Habra police the following day, according to the joint statement. Soon after, “the defendant is accused of calling (the mother) from an unlisted number and would not tell her where he and the child were and refused to bring her back.”

But Guatemalan authorities deported Delgado back to the U.S. Sept. 5 after arresting him on a warrant, officials said. The girl and mother were reunited Aug. 28.

Delgado pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony child abduction charge Friday in Orange County Superior Court, records show. He was scheduled to return to court Nov. 16 for a pre-trial hearing.

If convicted as charged, Delgado faces up to three years in state prison.

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Country-by-Country Map of Drug Policy Positions in the Americas

August 9 , 2013


This map breaks down every country’s stated position on legalisation and decriminalisation of drugs in the hemisphere. It is in this context that Uruguay is set to enact historic legislation and become the first country to legalise production, distribution, and consumption of marijuana.

The interactive graphic (below and here) was prepared by InSight Crime for the 2012 Summit of the Americas and includes background information and links. It is also downloadable here (pdf) as a chart.

SEE ALSO: Gorilla in the Room: Legalization and Decriminalization in the Americas

The Summit put the issue on the table but achieved little else.

The Organization of American States (OAS) later issued a report outlining possible scenarios for the future of drug policy in the region. In one scenario, some governments in the region change their laws, while others maintain the status quo. The result is chaos and the formation of two blocks: one that is in favor of “legalization,” and one that is against it.

This appears to be the direction the region is headed. While some states in the United States, most notably Colorado, have passed laws that are similar to that of Uruguay, the US federal government remains firmly entrenched in its longtime position against the legalization of marijuana. Most governments in the region continue to follow the US lead.

There are similar contradictions in other countries as well, especially with regards to consumption versus production. While consumption is often “legalized” in small doses, production is outlawed. Uruguayan lawmakers in favor of marijuana legalization say they are addressing this contradiction in the legal code.

The Map Explained

The red countries in the map represent those who have publicly stated they are against both legalization and decriminalization of narcotics.

The yellow countries are those that either have partial decriminalization laws or have argued in favor of this, but have said they are against legalization.

The green countries are those who are open to debate on drug decriminalization and legalization.

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