For five months, Elian lived in Florida. Then, one day, his father came to claim him.
With the U.S. government's help, Marisleysis says she and her family arranged for a psychologist to help determine where Elian should live…but that meeting never happened. One day, Marisleysis says federal agents stormed her house with their guns drawn and took Elian away. "It was terrifying. It was something I never expected," she says. "[Elian] was begging for nobody to take him."
Marisleysis says she hasn't been able to communicate with Elian since that day. If she could speak to Elian, she says she'd tell him she still loves him.