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Mom of Honduran Boy To Give Him Away

July 12, 1999

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ The mother of a 13-year-old Honduran boy who became the darling of New York City with tales of travel in search of his father says she is willing to put him up for adoption.

``I can’t do anything for my son,″ Angela Enamorada said Sunday in an interview with Channel 5 television in Honduras.

Though Enamorada abandoned her son, Edwin Sabillon, when he was 11 months old and he was raised mostly by his paternal grandparents, she retains legal custody.

``With pleasure, I would give custody of my son to a decent, honorable person, someone that wants to have him,″ she said in an interview from the northern industrial town of Choloma, where she lives.

Edwin became an instant celebrity when he arrived alone in New York claiming he was trying to find his father. He said his mother and brother were killed by Hurricane Mitch. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and other New York City leaders appealed for help in finding the boy’s father.

His story fell apart after his grandmother in Honduras told The Associated Press that his father had died of AIDS last year and the boy had been living with an aunt in Florida.

Last week, the boy was released from a Long Island hospital after spending several days under observation for possible tuberculosis, activists said. No trace of the disease was found. A search has been launched to find Edwin a home in the United States.

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