The youngest child separated from his family at the height of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has reportedly been demonstrating symptoms of trauma.
Constantin Mutu was 4 months old when he was separated from his father, and 9 months old when he was finally reunited. He is now more than 18 months old and cannot walk or speak, The New York Times reported.
Experts say the situation highlights the dangers of splitting up migrant children from their parents — even if it’s only temporary.
Though children like Constantin may have no memory of the separation or the experience of being in custody, he could still feel the effects of the trauma later in life.
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Constantin was just 4 months old when he was forcibly taken from his father at the US border.
While Constantin was sent to live with a foster family in Michigan for 5 months, his father was arrested, detained, and deported back to Romania, The New York Times reported in its TV series “The Weekly.”
By the time Constantin was reunited with his parents and siblings, he was roughly 9 months old, and he appeared not to recognize his biological family, according to The Times.
He reportedly screamed and cried the entire drive back from the Romanian airport, devastated at the loss of his foster mother.
Even months later, by the time he was 18 months old, Constantin still couldn’t walk on his own and refused to speak.
“He says absolutely nothing,” his mother told The Times.
Read more: This 4-month-old baby was separated from his parents at the border. Now he is nearly 2 and still can’t speak or walk.
Constantin is the youngest known child separated from his parents at the US-Mexico border last year, and his case highlights the damage caused by keeping migrant children away from their parents, and their difficulty recovering once they’re finally reunited.
Experts in early childhood development and psychology have watched with anguish for more than a year as a humanitarian crisis unfolded at the border, with migrant families separated by immigration authorities and young children detained in facilities without adequate hygiene, food, or adults.
The separation from his foster mother could have been even worse than the separation from his birth mother
There are a number of unknown factors in Mutu’s case that make it impossible to determine exactly what’s happening in his young mind, experts said.
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Source:: Business Insider