Paraguay authorities have activated legal proceedings against COVID denier parents over the alleged abduction of their children.
Children and Adolescents’ Rights Coordinator (CDIA), a non-profit organization, said that the children’s parents are members of a COVID denial group and had intended to live in an anti-vaccine community in Paraguay.
The children, aged 10 and 11, have been missing since November 27 last year. Reports said they reached Paraguay in the company of their parents. Andreas Rainer Egler, the father of the 10-year-old, and Anna Maria Egler, the mother of the 11-year-old, have brought their children to Paraguay without the consent of their partners.
Authorities said they have not ruled out the possibility that the COVID denier parents illegally crossed Paraguay’s border to Brazil or Argentina.
German authorities have ordered the extradition of both parents to Germany. German courts also took Andreas Rainer Egler and Anna Maria Egler’s custody, giving exclusive parental authority to their partners.
“I am placing all my hope in the Paraguayan people. Please help us. I am a desperate mother,” said the mother of the 10-year-old.
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