Five-month-old Nadia was abducted by her non-custodial mother Larissa Melo Drummond from Cary, North Carolina on February 3, 2009. She was abducted by her non-custodial mother, Larissa Melo Drummond. A felony warrant was issued for Larissa on February 17, 2009.
According to Nadia's father Devon Davenport, Larissa threatened to take Nadia to Brazil shortly after her birth. Larissa had been born there. She had custody of Nadia and they lived in the 100 block of Woodruff Court. Devon was given visitation, but he stated that Larissa consistently ignored the visitation schedule.
Nadia was not allowed to be taken out of North Carolina without permission from the court and Larissa was ordered to surrender the child's passport. She said that Nadia did not have a passport.
After Nadia's abduction it was determined that Larissa had in fact gotten a passport for Nadia shortly after she was born and used it when she abducted her. Both parents' signatures are required to obtain a passport for a child, but Larissa was able to circumvent this rule because she didn't not list Devon as the father on Nadia's birth certificate.
Larissa took Nadia to Brazil after the abduction. They arrived on February 5, then disappeared again. Devon was given sole legal and physical custody of Nadia after she was taken and filed for her return to the United States under the terms of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
The Brazilian authorities accepted his application, but they have yet to enforce the treaty. Nadia's case remains unsolved.
Nadia is of African-American and Hispanic descent. She has black hair, brown eyes and a strawberry birthmark on the right side of her face.