Kelvin Caldeira Birotte

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Above Images: Kelvin, circa 2006

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 18, 2006 from Richmond, Texas
  • Classification: Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: August 29, 2005
  • Age: 10 months old
  • Height and Weight: 2'7, 21 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Kelvin may use the first name Kevin.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kelvin lived with his mother, Hilma Aparecida Caldeira, father, also named Kelvin Birotte, in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2006. They had married in December 2004 and during their marriage they traveled back and forth to Caldeira's native Brazil several times; Kelvin was baptized and christened there. In April 2006, Caldeira took Kelvin to Brazil to visit her family for three months. She left Kelvin Sr. behind in Las Vegas. In June, two months into the visit, Caldeira asked her husband if they could stay longer. He agreed.

    Caldeira never took Kelvin back to the United States; instead, she made her son a Brazilian citizen and filed for divorce and custody of him. Kelvin Sr. applied for custody also, but by then Caldeira and Kelvin had disappeared. Kelvin Sr. filed for his son's return to the United States under the terms of the international civil treaty, the Hague Convention on the Civil aspects of International Child Abduction. He moved to Houston, Texas to assist with the investigation; Caldeira and Kelvin had flown to Brazil out of Hoston.

    The last time Kelvin Sr. saw his son was at a court hearing in Brazil in 2007, when Kelvin was nineteen months old. They spent several hours together. Kelvin Sr. said he tried to return to Brazil again to see his son, but Caldeira demanded money in exchange for visitation rights and Kelvin Sr., on the advice of American law enforcement, stayed away.

    Two times, a Brazilian judge ordered Caldeira to relinquish custody of her son and return him to his father, and in April 2010, Kelvin Sr. arrived in Brazil to take Kelvin home, but Caldeira refused to comply with the order and fled instead. Kelvin's father was unable to locate them.

    Caldeira was a member of Brazil's national volleyball team during the 1990s, and her tearm won a bronze medal at the 1996 summer Olympic Games. Her date of birth is January 5, 1972; she was thirty-four years old at the time of Kelvin's abduction. She is six feet tall. Photographs and additional vital statistics for her are unavailable.

    Kelvin left the United States in April 2006, but his date of disappearance is given as July 18, 2006, and the place as Richmond, Texas. His father still lives in Houston.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    International Division
    800-843-5678

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Deseret News
    The Houston Chronicle
    ABC News
    Hilma Caldeira's Portuguese-language Wikipedia Entry

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 8, 2016; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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