LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The custody battle over a two-year-old Lubbock boy is now in the hands of an Israeli judge. What started in a Lubbock courtroom will end half way around the world. Jason Hook says his ex-wife took their son to Tel-Aviv days before their hub city custody hearing.
Hook flew in from Tel-Aviv Thursday afternoon. He says he wants to watch his son grow up and he can't do that if Gideon is in Israel.
"You are going to do anything as a father to bring your child home," says Hook. He is doing everything to bring his son back from Israel. He says his ex-wife who is now married to a registered sex offender left with Gideon four days before a scheduled custody hearing July 7th.
Because his wife was not present at the hearing Hook was given temporary sole custody. "I want to be in my child's life. He needs a father and that's all I was trying to do in the first place and because he was taken across world to Israel now I have to go thru extra steps to do same thing," says Hook.
An Israeli judge heard the case Monday. "The next step is waiting," Hook says sadly. She has until November 15th to decide if Gideon will even get to come back to Texas. The international process isn't cheap. Hook says to date he is out $28,000. Through a website, he asks for prayers and donations.
Hook got to see his son a few days ago for the first time in months. "Just as she turned the stroller around he's hollering dad and it was amazing," says Hook about seeing his son who turned two earlier this month. Hook took a piece of Texas to his son in the Middle East, cowboy boots. He hopes to bring him back home to the lone star state soon. "Sitting on the flight home and just realizing you don't have him anymore and you've got to wait. Hopefully everything works out and it will," says Hook.
NewsChannel 11 tried to get in touch with Hook's ex-wife. There is an appeals process depending on what the judge decides. Hook says he hopes to know something by Christmas.
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