Abandoned in Africa

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An adoptive mother whose seven children were found abandoned at a Nigerian orphanage has relinquished custody of them.

Mercury Liggins' lawyer says his client has decided that her family will never be able to heal all its wounds. A judge likely will decide sometime this month whether to accept the affidavit of relinquishment signed by Liggins.

The children's attorney says the kids, ages eight to 17, likely will feel both happy and sad about their adoptive mother's choice.

If the judge agrees, Liggins no longer will be responsible to pay one-thousand-480 dollars in monthly child support while the children remain in state custody.

The children were found in August at a Nigerian orphanage by an American missionary who learned they were from Houston and wanted to go home.