Orange County Man Reuntied with Son, 8, after 4-year Ordeal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CYPRESS, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County man has returned home with his young son four years after his ex-wife violated a court order and absconded with the boy to her native Zambia.

The Orange County Register reports ( ) John Lorenza Cotton of Cypress spent thousands of dollars fighting legal battles in three countries to get back John Cotton Jr., who is now 8.

On Wednesday Cotton flew to the Netherlands immediately after learning that Dutch authorities recognized his court-sanctioned rights to full custody of the boy.

The father raced to the US Embassy to complete an expedited passport for his son and boarded the first plane out of Amsterdam.

After the boy traveled to the Netherlands with his grandmother, the Orange County District Attorney's Office and several federal agencies persuaded Dutch authorities to put a hold on the boy's Zambian passport.

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