Keyla’s Story: 


Cracked Mud Floors.

Dirty pieces of cloth to sleep on, laid on cracked mud floors.


Grass Roofs with sides made of sticks tied together. Bugs and mice in the grass roof.  

A dirty cast iron pan with little pieces of this morning’s eggs being eaten by flies. A hole in the ground for a bathroom.  More flies.


In 2007 on a mission trip led by Larry Cox and Dr. Nancy, I helped deliver beds to give children a place to sleep, out-of-the-mud, in a small village in Mexico.

What, you are asking, does that have to do with family law?   Larry Cox is a missionary and Dr. Nancy is a physician with a calling.  They share a heart of service for what we would call homeless people – in a hopeless place.  Their ministry brings a helping hand and hope to the poorest families in Matamoros, Mexico and beyond. 

In the course of their mission service in Mexico, Larry Cox and Dr. Nancy came to know and eventually adopted an orphan with special needs. Serious special needs!  Her name is Keyla.  Larry and Dr. Nancy took care of all her needs.  They were her family!

When the drug war in Mexico came to the U.S. border, the area of Matamoros they served became a war zone. They were forced to retreat across the border to safety; back to their home in Texas.

On a trip across the border in 2011, the U.S. border patrol took their daughter; they took Keyla, and they won’t give her back. And they won’t say why they won’t give her back. 

WFAA, Channel 8 in Dallas, did an investigative report last night on Keyla’s plight. With the Office of Refugee Resettlement as host, Keyla has been all over our fine country.  Just not with the Cox’s.  She was in a shelter in Chicago; then a group home; then with a foster family.  She was hospitalized with seizures in Pennsylvania.  Now Keyla is in a psychiatric hospital in California.   

For four years Larry and Dr. Nancy have been fighting to get Keyla back.

Sometimes people with good intentions end up doing horrible things. This would be a horror story, if it were over, but it is still ongoing; and that makes it a tragedy for Keyla.

I have known Larry and Dr. Nancy since my first mission trip in 2001. The story of their ministry is phenomenal. 

I have witnessed their love and care for Keyla first hand. I have witnessed her challenges, and I am not surprised she is institutionalized without them.  But, she doesn’t have to be… This orphan doesn’t have to be alone… She has a family!

Thanks Brett Shipp for taking/making the time to tell this story. You can watch Brett Shipp’s investigative report at

Please help this story go viral.

Pass it on!