Heartbroken mother reveals how her Kenyan ex tricked her into taking their British-born son on holiday to meet his family in Africa – and is still refusing to bring him home THREE YEARS later
- Charlotte Morris, 24, and ex-husband Shiv Singh Benawra, 29, in custody battle
- The UK citizen and Kenyan singer had a child together before splitting up in 2015
- Charlotte lives in UK while Shiv is keeping their four-year old with him in Kenya
- Shiv refusing to return the boy to his mother and ignoring court orders to do so
- Worried she may never see son again, Charlotte is speaking out about her case
- She hopes doing so will force Shiv to return him to her after three years of hurt
A heartbroken mother has made a desperate plea for her ex-husband to bring their four-year-old son home to the UK after three years of keeping him in Kenya.
Charlotte Morris, 24, of Basingstoke, told how Shiv Singh Benawra tricked her into thinking he was taking the youngster on holiday to meet his family in Africa three years ago.
To her despair, at the end of the 60-day trip, Shiv told her he and the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were staying in Kenya.
The couple, who split in 2015, have been embroiled in a bitter custody battle ever since.
Having kept quiet for years while she tried to figure out a solution, Charlotte is finally speaking out about her ordeal – after a judge agreed public criticism could push Shiv into giving her the little boy back.
Charlotte Morris (right), and Shiv Singh Benawra are embroiled in a bitter custody battle after Shiv, who lives in Kenya, refused repeatedly to comply with court orders asking him to return the four-year-old son they share to his mum in the UK
Speaking to Take a Break magazine, Charlotte spoke of her pain at not being able to see her son grow up for the past three years.
Having begged her ex-husband to return him, she is terrified she will ‘lose [her] boy forever’.
‘Shiv lets me talk to him but it’s not enough,’ she told the publication. ‘I fear one day all contact will be cut off and I’ll lose my boy forever.
‘I want to see him grow up, so I’m sending out a desperate plea to Shiv: Please, give me back my son.’
Charlotte and Shiv got married in Kenya when she was 18, having been pressured into tying the knot by his mother.
Charlotte said she is heartbroken not to have her son with her, as his father is ignoring court orders to give him back
She fell pregnant with their son two months later. During her pregnancy, Charlotte moved back to the UK in order to escape Shiv’s family.
When their son was three months old, the couple split up during a visit to Kenya, and Charlotte travelled back to Basingstoke with her baby.
Eight months later Shiv, who had not visited once and only talked to his son via FaceTime according to his ex-wife, requested a custody hearing.
The couple went to court for the first time and it was ruled Charlotte would have custody of the child while Shiv had visitation rights: seeing his boy one weekend a month.
The cover of this week’s Take a Break, which includes Charlotte’s story
After three months of this arrangement, Shiv asked to take the boy to Kenya so that he could meet the rest of his family. Charlotte agreed – but soon lived to regret this decision.
They agreed Shiv would take the boy for 60 days before returning him to the UK. But at the end of the trip, Charlotte got an abrupt phone call from her ex.
The mother recounted her shock at hearing that Shiv would not return their son, admitting deep down she had ‘always feared’ this might happen.
She called 999 to report her child had been abducted, however the authorities were powerless.
Helpless, Charlotte said she ‘spiralled into depression’ and decided to travel to Kenya to plead with Shiv, but he wouldn’t budge.
That’s when she turned to the courts, hoping to strong-arm her ex into handing back her child. Her son was made a ward of court and his father was ordered to return by law, but Shiv ignored the court decision.
According to Charlotte, he refused to comply with court orders another four times. The mother explained she felt frustrated by the situation, which has not evolved in three years.
‘Now he’s been gone for three-years, I feel broken-hearted,’ she said. ‘I miss my son and he needs his mum.’
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