Alina Settles missing seven years

Today is the seventh anniversary of the disappearance of Alina Settles. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Elena Settles, from Henderson, Nevada. They may have traveled to Russia.

Alina Settles

Elena Settles

Above are pictures of Alina and her mother. Help bring her home to her father – if you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact either the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or the Nevada Office of the Attorney General at 702-499-0253. this!

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  1. 1

    Miriam said,

    December 11, 2020 @ 4:18 pm

    She didn’t steel her child, she took her daughter who was stolen! How it’s possible to give 100% of custody to the father??? Was Elena an alcoholic? No. Was she a cruel to her daughter? No. Was she a good mother? YES. So her ex wanted to punish Elena but instead punished himself. Enjoy

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    Oleg said,

    January 17, 2021 @ 10:36 pm

    What’s worse is that little Alina was never American to begin with. She is a Russian orphan who was taken into the home of Russian citizen Elena while the American Alexander Settles lived with his wife in Russia. According to Russian law Alina couldn’t be adopted by the American husband so the girl’s nationality never changed and by Russian law Elena never did anything wrong during the divorce in Nevada. It is right to ask why this American man is obsessed with a Russian orphan when he only lived with her legal mother and never gained parental responsibility in the girl’s own homeland?

  3. 3 said,

    January 19, 2021 @ 4:33 am

    Dear Oleg,

    What you describe is called “acting in loco parentis” in the United States. This is when someone who is not a biological or adoptive parent is treated as a parent in the eyes of a law because they live in the same home and take care of the child. Maybe Alina couldn’t be adopted by her American stepfather in Russia, but if he lived with her in the USA and Russia while married to her adoptive Russian mother then he’s the only recognized father she has and could claim custody rights. I’m sure Elena is a good mother who hopefully takes very good care of Elena but when you move yourself to a foreign country you are under the jurisdiction of that country and subject to its laws.

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