Adoptive Mother Abandons Children in Africa
In one of the more bizarre stories I’ve encountered, seven adopted American children, ages 8 to 17, were recently discovered in an African orphanage. The adoptive mother, Mercury Denise Liggins, had apparently left the children with a relative in Nigeria while she went to work for Haliburton in Iraq. After the children were discovered by a passing missionary, House Majority Speaker Tom DeLay, Senator John Cornyn and State Department officials intervened to return the children to Houston. The children, who were born and raised in Texas, were placed with Liggins by Houston Child Protective Services when their biological parents’ rights were terminated. They have complained of abuse and neglect while in Liggins’ care. They were not mistreated in the Nigerian orphanage.