CHRISTIAN, JOAQUIN AND SOFIA GALLO-HYLAND – RECOVERED DECEMBER 2012!!

CHRISTIAN, JOAQUIN AND SOFIA GALLO-HYLAND

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Christian, Joaquin and Sofia Gallo-Hyland with their father Pablo Christian Gallo

Christian, Joaquin and Sofia Gallo-Hyland with their father Pablo Christian Gallo

Christian, Joaquin and Sofia Gallo-Hyland were found safe in December of 2012!  Thank you to all of those who followed their case and helped to bring them home safely.  Please read below for the full story.

WELCOME HOME CHRISTIAN, JOAQUIN AND SOFIA!

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Christian Gallo-Hyland

Christian Gallo-Hyland

Christian Gallo-Hyland

Date of Birth: February 9, 2004

White Male

Height: 4’0”     Weight: 75 lbs

Hair: Red     Eyes: Green

Missing: June 6, 2008     From: Lafayette, IN

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Joaquin Gallo-Hyland

Joaquin Gallo-Hyland

Joaquin Gallo-Hyland

Date of Birth: January 29, 2002

White Male

Height: 4’9”     Weight: 105 lbs

Hair: Brown     Eyes: Brown

Missing: June 6, 2008     From: Lafayette, IN

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Sofia Gallo-Hyland

Sofia Gallo-Hyland

Sofia Gallo-Hyland

Date of Birth: June 11, 2000

White Female

Height: 5’0”     Weight: 80 lbs

Hair: Red     Eyes: Green

Missing: June 6, 2008     From: Lafayette, IN

Distinguishing Features: Pierced Ears

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Christian, Joaquin and Sofia were taken to Argentina by their mother, Sandra Hyland.  She told their father, her husband Pablo Christian Gallo, that she was taking them on a two or three-week vacation.  She has family there, in Buenos Aries.  The children never returned to Indiana, and their parents are now in the process of a divorce.

Pablo stated Sandra refused to allow him to speak to his children over the phone.  He filed for custody of the children and Sandra apparently travelled to the United States without them to attend the custody hearings.  Pablo was granted custody of the children in 2009, but they were not returned to him.  He reported his children’s abductions to the police in March 2009.  In June 2009, nearly a year after Christian, Joaquin and Sofia left the United States, criminal charges were filed against their mother.  Sandra was charged with three felony counts of violating a child custody order.

Sandra has allowed the children to talk to Pablo on the phone periodically.  Based on the contents of their conversations, he believes they may be in danger.

5 years have passes since the Gallo-Hyland children were abducted, leaving their father living a nightmare every day.  Pablo remained persistent that his children would be brought home one day, never giving up on finding them.  Christian, Joaquin and Sofia’s toys remained untouched as they had left them, their drawings adorning a wall in their father’s house.  A sticky not with Sofia’s writing remains on the bathroom mirror.  The home gave no indication that a family had been ripped apart, and no children have been in the home for 5 years.  Pablo fought each and every day, and all that fighting paid off.  After 5 long, excruciating years, Christian, Joaquin and Sofia were brought home.

In September 2012, The Argentina Supreme Court ruled that the children were to be returned home, finally giving Pablo the leverage he needed to go to Argentina and bring his children home, and wasted no time at all.  They children are now home with their father and are doing well.  They have made a slight adjustment in going from speaking Spanish to speaking English.  They are happy attending their old school again, and have wasted no time in making new friends and reconnecting with old friends.

Sandra Hyland remains at large.  She has active arrest warrants issued for her, and her information is listed with Interpol, along with other agencies to help increase the chances of arresting her.  It is believed that she is still in Argentina,  The United States will extradite Hyland back to the United States when she is found to face the charges against her, charges which can be punishable with up to 3 years in prison.  Gallo is extremely happy to have his children home and has said that without the work of the authorities and his lawyers, in both the US and Argentina, that this day would never have been possible.

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Sandra Hyland

Sandra Hyland

Sandra Hyland

Date of Birth: December 21, 1967

White Female

Height: 5’6”     Weight: 150 lbs

Hair: Brown     Eyes: Green

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If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Christian, Joaquin and Sofia Gallo-Hyland, please immediately contact the Lafayette Police Department at:

1-765-807-1200

The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:

1-800-843-5678

 Parental Child Abduction is Child Abuse 03

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~ by LTWH on December 27, 2011.

13 Responses to “CHRISTIAN, JOAQUIN AND SOFIA GALLO-HYLAND – RECOVERED DECEMBER 2012!!”

  1. Everybody knows where these kids are. They have not dissapeared. This is so much crap! These kids are in no way endangered by the mother who is an excellent, caring and loving person as is the rest of her family. These kids have a normal life, go to school, have friends and lots of loving family.

  2. This is so true!!! Why do you keep information on your site that is not real?
    The kids wish to stay in Argentina!

  3. The children are already back in the US. They were taken against their will. Does anybody care about them? They are not allowed to communicate with their mother or their family.

    • If they’re really not allowed to talk to their mother, she has only herself to blame. They were all born and raised in Indiana, and I can’t imagine kids of four, six, and eight would cheerfully leave all their friends and family there to go to another country because their mom really wanted it.

      • Okay, further checking indicates that the oldest child was born in Argentina, but none of them are citizens of that country.

        Incidentally, the Argentinan courts were the ones that said “the US has jurisdiction in custody matters, go back.”

      • What you don´t know, Dear friend; is that these children were happy in Argentina, enjoying with their family. I know this, because im a big friend of the family. I have spent great times with this little boys that you see right up in those pictures, and i will never forget, how much support did Sandra´s perents gave to her and their beloved grandson´s.

      • So the feelings of Sandra’s parents are important but not their paternal grandparents who didn’t see them at all for four years?

  4. Does anyone know why the mother “abducted” them in the first place? Was there any alleged abuse in the home prior to her taking off? In any case, this is an inspirational story. I’m happy for the kids if they are happy!

    • I don’t really have a good explanation of why, and to be very honest, I rarely ever do. Everyone has seen a divorce where the adults begin to act like children, acting out to hurt the other person, and forgetting that there are children involved that are innocent, and in the middle of a fight between the two people they love the most. It’s a sad truth, but these adults will quite often abduct or withhold the children to hurt the other parent.

  5. Unfortunately there’s always two sides to every story, and more often than not we only hear one. The children were not taken against their will. Their father always knew exactly where they were and not once did he make the trip to Argentina to spend time with them and try to work things out. He seemed more intent on fighting a legal battle than building a relationship with his children. Both parents made mistakes, but the children are the ones who pay the price. They want, need, and are entitled to have contact with both parents!
    BTW, only the youngest boy was born in Indiana.

  6. She had no right to take them from their father. NONE. If she wanted to live there they both should of lawyer’d up and worked out how to go about it. Now she has no contact. that’s selfish on her part, and terrible for the children. I wish people would learn how to put their children above themselves.

  7. That picture at the top is wonderful to see.

  8. This sort of case really shocks me because I did not know removal from Argentina was possible. I was born in my mother’s native United States and brought to Argentina very shortly after birth by my mother and her husband(not my biological father) who is an Argentine Citizen. There were other extenuating circumstances that led to such a hasty flight to Latin America but long story short some peoples acting on behalf of my mother’s ex lover aka my biological father snatched me off a street here in Argentina when I was about 7 years old with intent of leaving the country. After my parents and police were notified a nationwide search began, airports alerted and neighboring countries instructed to immediately arrest the culprits and return me to Argentina. After 3 days I was found and returned and during court proceedings the culprits produced a custody order(not sure if issued by US(likely not since my mother is citzen there) or the guy’s homeland) claiming they had rights and “leverage” to remove me. Aside from invoking wedlock laws the duo was basically laughed out of the court room and country because the way Argentine authorities saw it my mother had SOLE authority to take me where she pleased and anyone objecting was persona non grata. Basically the judge said “Touch or come near the kid again without his mother’s explicit permission and we will seize your passports and imprison you.” As long as my mother had legal right to be in the country she could keep me Argentina forever if she wanted to which given the circumstances she obviously did. I’m 23 and the incident I just described took place around 1998 so it is entirely possible laws and attitudes have since changed but in my experience the law of the land was “Mother is ALWAYS right!” and man whose child who went Argentina wasn’t ever coming back. Just saying.

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