Louisiana Family Devastated After Failed Adoption

CENTRAL, La. - After five years of trying to have a baby, Dylan and Kristin David decided it was time to try adoption.
 
From start to finish the adoption process took 15 months and more than $35,000, but instead of completing the family they had dreamed of becoming the David's are left wondering where the baby girl they named Abigail Grace is. 
 
Adopting from the state and private agencies were not suitable choices for the David's, so they turned to Michael E. Theriot, an adoption attorney in Baton Rouge. Despite Theriot's warnings of the risky nature of adoption, the David's decided to move forward. A deposit of $3,000 was made so that Theriot could begin searching for a birth mother to match the David's with. 
 
On August 30, 2016, the David's received a phone call from Theriot. He had found a match. The birth mother lived in the Shreveport area, but had worked with Theriot twice before. 
 
"I've worked with her twice. She did one adoption, she kept one baby," Theriot said. "That's not terribly unusual." 
 
However, what happened next was very unusual for the David's.
 
"I guess about mid October, I started getting some kind of alarming texts," said Kristin David.
 
One of the alarming texts sent to Kristin's cell phone read: "Do u think u could cosign on a trailer i found. its a good price but i dont have a job so that wont work. ive got to get out of this motel."
 
Text messages from the birth mother started to come more frequently, and when the David's informed her they could not discuss money without going through their attorney, the intensity of the messages started to increase. 
 
 
"Yea imma start looking for another family."
 
"Can't believe you wouldn't do it to keep Abigail and myself safe." 
 
 
 
According to Dylan, Theriot did not seem to be disturbed by the messages claiming it was typical birth mother behavior. 
 
Dylan recalled Theriot saying, 'We're so early in the process let's just keep riding it out.'
 
"It quickly became his tag line, because we had countless number of incidents from that point on...and the threats just got worse," Dylan said. 
 
With the baby's due date looming, the birth mother became harder and harder to reach. A phone call between the social worker and a man that the birth mother was living with confirmed the David's suspicions. 
 
According to Dylan's version of the call this is how it went:
 
"I'm supposed to meet with David and Sonya to sign some type of paperwork,"  the unidentified caller said in Dylan's recount of the tale. "Who is David and Sonya?" asked the social worker. "Then there was an awkward pause and he said 'uh oh' and hung up the phone."
 
"We were never able to get him back on the phone," Dylan added.  
 
When asked about that conversation Theriot responded with a laugh and said, "I'm wondering that myself, unequivocally, I'm not working with another family on this case. Never did, never would."
 
The David's are left with an empty nursery and a drained bank account, and the question still remains, where is Abigail Grace? 
 
The David's have filed a formal complaint against Michael E. Theriot LLC and are in contact with Shreveport police to try and find out where the baby is. If the birth mother decided to keep the child, then no crime has been committed. However, if she sold the newborn to a different family she could face criminal charges. 

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