Sunday 11 December 2016

Mother's open letter to missing six-year-old: 'I love you from the moon and back'

Brian Farmer

Published 22/06/2015 | 07:08

Mani Dad with his mother Leyla Dad Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire
Mani Dad with his mother Leyla Dad Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire
Mani Dad Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire
Zayn Dean - 47- who is also known as Dholtana Dad Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire
Open letter written by Leyla Dad, to her six-year-old son Mani Dad, who vanished with her estranged husband Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

A woman whose six-year-old son has vanished with her estranged husband has written the little boy an open letter telling him, "I love you from the moon and back".

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Leyla Dad, 33, has also sent a plea to the public saying, "please help me find my baby boy".

Ms Dad - who is Polish and uses her middle name, Paulina - has launched proceedings in the Family Division of the High Court in a bid to trace Mani.

Solicitors representing Ms Dad say Mani disappeared from his home in Kielce, Poland, in January.

Mani Dad Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire
Mani Dad Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

They think that he is in the UK with his British father Zayn Dean, 47, who is also known as Dholtana Dad.

Ms Dad has written the letter from "Your Mama" in the hope that it helps find her missing son.

Ms Dad has written:

"Dear Mani

Open letter written by Leyla Dad, to her six-year-old son Mani Dad, who vanished with her estranged husband Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire
Open letter written by Leyla Dad, to her six-year-old son Mani Dad, who vanished with her estranged husband Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

"Please, please do not worry baby I promise I will see you very soon.

"I miss you so much I am dying to see you but I don't know where you are. You are my baby and I don't know where you are.

"I know that we will see each other again soon, and when you are older I can explain this all to you, and you will know that I would never ever, ever want to be separated from you. This is killing me.

"You are always with me, you've always been with me, you are always in my heart and you always will be.

"When I see you I will squeeze you so tight and never let you go.

"When we are back together everything can go back to normal and I promise you that you will be safe and nothing will ever change that.

"You probably don't know what's happening and I wish you were here so I could make you feel better.

"Please, please do not worry. I know it has been a long time since I saw you but I love you so much and you are in my heart and in my thoughts every second of every day.

"I promise we will be together again soon my baby.

"I love you from the moon and back and all the universe too.

"I hope and pray every day that anyone out there who sees this letter and sees your photo and sees your father's photo that they report it as soon as possible so that we can be together again and be together forever.

"Please, please can anyone out there who reads this please help me find my baby boy.

"Mani I love you so much and I miss you every second of every day. I promise you will never be away from me ever again. I am, and will be, with you always.

"Your Mama."

A judge has given Ms Dad's legal team permission to disclose detail of the case in the hope that members of the public can help find the youngster, following private family court hearings.

Detail was first released last week in a statement from lawyers - solicitors Anne-Marie Hutchinson and Katherine Res Pritchard, who work for law firm Dawson Cornwell, plus barrister Mehvish Chaudhry - representing Ms Dad.

Lawyers said Mr Dad had family links to Bedford and Kettering, Northamptonshire and he was a businessman involved in property.

Lawyers said the couple had married in England in 2008 then moved to Poland in 2013. They said in 2014 Mr Dean returned to England and Mani stayed with his mother in Poland.

Lawyers said Ms Dad had agreed that her estranged husband could take Mani on a ''short trip'' to Warsaw in January 2015, and Ms Dad had kept Mani's British and Polish passports.

''The mother spoke to Mani on January 5 2015 and the father was due to return Mani to his mother's care on Tuesday January 6,'' said the statement.

''However the father did not return Mani as agreed. 'Instead, on 6 January the mother received an email from the father telling her that he and Mani were on their way to the UK via Germany. He told her that he had obtained temporary travel documents for her and for Mani.

''It is still not known how or if travel documents were obtained for Mani enabling the father to remove him from Poland and bring him to this jurisdiction.''

The statement said: ''This is a desperately sad case involving the removal of a very young child from his home in Poland and separated from his mother who has been his primary carer from birth.''

Lawyers said father and son had not been ''seen or located'' since January and they said Mani had been ''wrongfully removed'' from Poland

They said Ms Dad had begun legal proceedings under the terms of the 1980 Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Mr Justice Bodey had given permission for detail to be released to the media after analysing the case at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court.

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