Ore. lawmakers ask for delay in sending girl, 6, to Mexico

Ore. lawmakers ask for delay in sending girl, 6, to Mexico
Kerrie Lechuga told KATU the state's child welfare officers are preparing to send her granddaughter to Mexico to be with her biological father.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three Salem lawmakers have asked the Oregon Department of Human Services to delay sending a 6-year-old American-born girl to live in Mexico with her father, who has convictions for assault, including domestic violence.

The agency says Gov. John Kitzhaber has also asked for a review of the case.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports the girl is in foster care because her mother is addicted to methamphetamine and hasn't complied with court orders for urinalysis and rehabilitation.

The agency makes a priority of reuniting a child with a legal parent. The girl's grandmother has protested.

A judge has completed a hearing. The agency had said the girl could go to Mexico at any time.

Department officials met Tuesday with Senate President Peter Courtney, Sen. Jackie Winters and Rep. Vicki Berger.