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Court allows Polish woman to identify missing son

The High Court has granted a Polish woman permission to write an open letter to her missing son, in the hopes that resulting publicity will help the authorities locate him.

Leyla Dad, 33, has drafted an emotional open for the six year boy, called Mani, who was reportedly brought to the UK earlier this year by Dad’s estranged husband Zayn Dean. She wrote:

“Please, please do not worry baby, I promise I will see you very soon. I promise we will be together again soon my baby. I love you from the moon and back and all the universe too.”

Dad married Mr Dean in 2008 and the couple moved to Poland five years later. In 2014, however, Mani’s father returned to the UK, leaving his son behind with his mother, after the couple’s relationship began to break down.

Dad agreed that her estranged husband could take his son on a trip to Warsaw in January this year, but they did not return as scheduled. Instead the father emailed the mother to say he planned to take Mani back to the UK and she has not seen him since according to reports.

Dad then travelled to the UK herself and launched proceedings in the High Court under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, seeking Mani’s return.

Following a private hearing, Mr Justice Bodey gave the women permission to identify herself and her son.

In her emotional open letter Dad pleaded:

“I hope and pray every day that anyone out there who sees this letter and sees your photo and sees your father’s photo that they report it as soon as possible so that we can be together again and be together forever. Please, please can anyone out there who reads this please help me find my baby boy.”

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