A DEVOTED dad fears he may never see his son again after claiming the two-year-old was taken abroad by his ex-wife without his permission.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been left devastated after his former partner took the child to Dubai where her new husband is now based.
The 27-year-old dad had been fighting to keep his son in the country, despite the mother applying to move out to the Middle East.
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Today he told the Echo: “I’ve done everything I can to fight for my son, and it’s really hard to come to terms with the fact that I might never see him again.
“I will push myself to the brink of death for my kids, and I won’t stop trying in the hope that when he grows up he comes and finds me and I can show him how hard I tried.”
The dad had been enjoying weekly access to the toddler while he lived with his mum in their Sunderland home.
But he now fears his ex-wife has ignored a court order, requiring her to ask permission to take the toddler abroad, after they left the country at the beginning of April.
The dad contacted police to say there had been measures put in place to make sure his consent was required should his ex wish to take their child to another country.
The case became a criminal matter just days ago when the toddler’s tourist visa expired and he had not returned to Wearside.
Northumbria Police today confirmed they were involved in the case.
But the dad fears he will never see his son again despite referring the case to the High Court of Justice in Middlesbrough. The two-year-old was officially made a ward of court on April 14, two weeks after he was removed from the country.
The dad, who also has a one-year-old daughter with his current partner, said: “All I want to do is be part of my son’s life and be a dad, and that to me is of the utmost importance.
“At the moment I feel like I’ve failed as a dad because there’s nothing more I can do. I’ve been on the phone to the police, my MP, the Foreign Office and lawyers in Dubai and I don’t know what to do next.
“The legal costs are spiralling out of control and I’m having to work a full time job and another one to pay for it.”
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “Police are aware of this situation and several inquiries are ongoing.”