Texas Observer – Taken

Rebecca Montalvo pushed through the busy aisles at Toys ‘R’ Us in Brownsville. It was the start of the Christmas season in 2008. She was searching for the perfect gift for her 5-year-old son Fabricio, who loved everything Spiderman.

Fabby had insisted on wearing his Spiderman costume that morning when she left him with his dad across the border in Matamoros, Mexico. Her ex-husband, Fabricio Renzie Espino, had only seen his son twice. Espino, a Mexican national, had just been released from a U.S. federal prison after nearly five years and deported to Mexico. In the months since his release, Espino persuaded Montalvo to let him spend the afternoon with Fabby.

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