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‘Pray for me’ » Still, they were together until the end of July.
That’s when Dye said he and his girlfriend had a typical couple’s "misunderstanding," after which the girlfriend informed him she was headed to Louisiana to see her ailing mother.
"That’s the only reason I allowed her to take the trip with him," Dye said.
She returned alone and at first told Dye she had left the toddler with his grandmother.
In early August, the truth came out when, in a tearful phone call, the woman told Dye she’d actually traveled to Utah to place their son for adoption through Heart and Soul Adoptions Inc., the same agency she’d used to place another child. She said he would soon receive a letter asking him to sign away his parental rights.
"It was the end of the world," said Dye. "I didn’t know how to go about life without my son."
This summer, when friends and extended family asked Dye why his son Samir wasn’t around he had a standard answer.
"I would say, ‘Pray for me,’ " Dye said.
The shock of what had happened to Samir was hard enough for his immediate family to take, Dye said. He knew others wouldn’t believe it.
Dye couldn’t believe it at first himself.
"I have never, ever, in my life ever thought about or ever come to the conclusion that I would be going through something like this," he said.
Dye called Heart and Soul Adoptions, based in Centerville, Utah, as soon as he received the packet his girlfriend warned him was on its way.
When Dye demanded to know where his son was, the agency began "ducking and dodging."
"I started getting the run-around from them," he said. "They wouldn’t confirm anything, they wouldn’t tell me anything."
Dye said agency director Denise Garza initially told him he had no rights because he was not listed as the baby’s father on Samir’s birth certificate — which Dye knew was false.
Garza did not return a call from the Tribune seeking comment for this story.
Dye said Garza repeatedly urged him to sign the papers.
"She was, like, just sign then we can go about getting him back and I was like, no, that doesn’t sound right," Dye said, especially since the paperwork indicated he was voluntarily relinquishing his rights.
"It was clear as day. If you sign these papers you’re signing all your rights away," Dye said.
Dye said Garza told him she was on vacation but would contact him when she returned with information about how to get his son back.
"She never sent me any more information," he said. "She stopped answering my calls. I left numerous messages, over and over and over."Next Page >
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