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Tennessee foster parents give up fight for Nebraska girl

Tennessee foster parents give up fight for Nebraska girl

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A Middle Tennessee couple who fostered a girl for 8½ years until her biological father was released from prison and won custody of her say they are giving up their fight to have her returned to them.

Dave and Kim Hodgin released a statement Monday announcing that “with broken hearts” they are ending their legal battle.

The child was 9 years old when she was returned to John McCaul in Omaha in January 2014. The Hodgin family of Dickson said earlier this year that they have had no contact with her since.

Tennessee Department of Children’s Services took custody of Sonya in 2005, when she was 1, after a baby sitter brought her to Tennessee from Nebraska and failed to take her back.

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