The Mosers continue to pray that the little boy they've raised since infancy will not be taken from them.

"How do you tell a child they may have to go away with someone they don't even know?" Melinda Moser mused to the Joplin Globe last August. "We've tried to explain he has two mommies. He says, 'OK, but you'll come and get me when I call, right, Mommy?'"

In his dissenting opinion in the case, Missouri Supreme Court Judge Michael Wolff, who has since stepped down from the bench and now works as a professor at the Saint Louis University School of Law, predicted that no form of closure can possibly resolve this particular conflict.

"When they met him it was love at first sight," says Bess Lanyon, a friend of Carlos' adoptive parents. "That little boy lives a wonderful life."
"When they met him it was love at first sight," says Bess Lanyon, a friend of Carlos' adoptive parents. "That little boy lives a wonderful life."
Encarnación Bail lost custody of her son while jailed for immigration violations.
John H. Tucker
Encarnación Bail lost custody of her son while jailed for immigration violations.

"The torturous path to the decision in this case — as is said of the road to hell — may be paved with good intentions," Wolff wrote. "But good intentions are not enough to justify what has happened in this case, now in its fourth year. The courts of this state, including this court, and our treasured adversarial system of justice have failed this child, and his birth mother, and have ensured that, whatever the ultimate outcome, hearts will be broken."

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