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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -
The biological father of those two Fresno boys found in Mexico worries about the kids he gave up years ago. For Victor Trevino it's been a frustrating Friday for a father who's not entitled to answers from the State Department.
Trevino hasn't seen his two sons in four years. He was in shock when Romeo and Damian Diaz Martinez made global headlines Tuesday. They told Mexican police they had been kidnapped from their Grandma's house by mean people. "I never thought something like that would happen to my kids. Even thought if they're not here I never would think of it."
Romeo and Damian also told police they have been in Mexico for seven months. They claim they were dropped off for a visit by their adoptive mother.
Trevino gave up his parental rights years ago when he got hooked on drugs. But he now says he's been clean and sober for eight years.
Friday he sought answers from the State Department. This was the response he received from a spokesperson in Guadalajara. "I can't share any information with you about the case because you don't have any parental rights. And so what am I supposed to do just leave them alone? Well you could go to the court and try and reinstate your parental rights."
As KMPH reported Thursday five children have been taken from the so called "Grandmother's" home after she told police Romeo and Damian escaped and tried to reclaim them Wednesday.
KMPH News contacted the State Department in Washington. A spokesperson told us, "The consular section is actively working with Mexican authorities including the local police to assist these citizens. Due to privacy regulations, we are unable to comment further on this case."
Victor Trevino claims he didn't understand what he was signing when he gave up his parental rights years ago. He now wants to change that. "We're going through the courts. I'm going to do everything I can to get it reinstated." For now thousands of miles away he can only wait and wonder.
There are reports that the adoptive Mother of the five children is bound for Mexico to be reunited with them. Meantime U.S. and Mexican officials are investigating whether the kids may be the victims of human trafficking.
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