Evanston couple must give up Korean baby

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An Evanston couple has lost their bid to keep a 9-month old Korean girl whom they’ve raised since shortly after she was born.

Baby Sehwa will be sent back to her native South Korea on Wednesday, to be placed with a family there.

Jinshil and Christopher Duquet’s adoption of little Sehwa was declared unlawful  after South Korea challenged their case.

The Duquets say they relied on bad legal advice and thought they were participating in a lawful private adoption of the baby.

The South Korean government challenged their legal claims and won in the courts.

The baby’s biological mother and grandparents relinquished all rights to the Duquets, and do not want the child back. The girls’ mother, who lives in a homeless shelter for unwed mothers, has reportedly given birth to another child.

The Duquets have said if they must say goodbye to Sehwa, they intend to do it privately.


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