Callie Thornton
By MICHAEL PLATT, Calgary Sun
Last Updated: April 8, 2010 11:13am




Noah Kirkman turned 12 nearly two weeks ago.



The last time he slept in his own bed, back home in Calgary, he was ten.


If it started as a holiday, the boy’s trip to Oregon, it’s now become a two-year-long nightmare, rife with red tape.


And the strange case of Noah Kirkman is on the verge of becoming an international incident.


On Friday, a judge in Oregon will determine what to do with the Canadian child seized by the State of Oregon and placed in foster care, despite having a mother and family in Calgary desperate to get him back.


“We’re hoping the judge will back out of his position, but there’s also a chance he will say ‘screw you,’” said Lisa Kirkman, Noah’s 34-year-old mother.
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