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Girl seized by Mexican police and sent to U.S. in case of mistaken identity returns home

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A video showing a 14-year-old Mexican being pulled screaming and kicking from her middle school by federal police last week captured national attention last week after it was circulated by media and social networks.

In the video, Alondra Luna Nuñez was resisting Mexican federal police who had seized her from her school in the central state of Guanajuato, Mexico. She was then turned over to Interpol officers, who escorted her to a woman in Houston, who was believed to be her mother.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said that DNA showed Luna was, in fact, not Dorotea García’s daughter.

According to the Mexican newspaper, Excelsior, Luna was put on an early-morning flight to Mexico City Wednesday.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry said the police were carrying out an order from a judge when they seized the girl last Thursday. García claimed the girl had been taken to Mexico illegally by the girl's father nine years ago. Alondra's family insisted that authorities had taken the wrong girl and said their efforts to prove her identity were ignored.

"They stole my daughter," Susana Nuñez told Milenio Television. "I didn't know this woman existed."

The girl was flown to Houston, where she recorded a video and posted to social media, in which she looked calm and happy, and told her parents in Mexico not to worry. "I'm fine. I see that the United States is nice," she said, adding, "I don't understand anything they're saying, because everything is in English."

The DNA test was conducted at the Mexican Consul's office on Monday, and it proved she is not Garcia's daughter. 

"The results of the test performed on Monday, April 20, resulted negative in respect to the mother who solicited the girl's return," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "So an immediate repatriation of the minor was put into effect." 

On Wednesday, Luna was returned to Mexico to reunite with her mother and father, Gustavo Luna.  

The Foreign Ministry said it first received a request in 2007 to return the girl, who had been taken by her father from the U.S. and, according to the information, was in the western state of Michoacán. This year, García came to Mexico and said she had identified her daughter in Guanajuato, a state neighboring Michoacán, prompting U.S. authorities to seek the help of Interpol to bring her to the United States.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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