Father ordered to curb Spanish use with child
October 15, 2003
PAPILLION, Neb. - A Hispanic man who spoke to his 5-year-old daughter in
Spanish has been ordered to use primarily English around the girl as a condition
of his visitation rights.
Sarpy County Judge Ronald E. Reagan said the child does not understand Spanish,
and her father should speak to her in the language she knows.
Eloy Amador, who was released from jail seven months ago after serving a
five-year sentence for drug possession, told the judge that he spoke Spanish to
the girl to share his culture, not to force a language on her.
"I don't come to her speaking in Spanish, but there are times where I try to
teach her what hair is in Spanish, what hand is, stuff like that," Amador said
during a Sept. 15 hearing on visitation.
The judge did not oppose such instruction, but said the rest of the
communication should be in English for the sake of the girl's education.
"The principal form of communication during the periods of visitation is going
to be English," Reagan said. "That does not mean that you can't instruct and
teach her the Hispanic language."
Michaela Krayneski, 26, said she isn't opposed to her daughter, Destinie, being
bilingual. Her concern is for the overall well-being of the child she raised
while the father was behind bars five years for selling drugs and possessing a
The mother said Destinie became frightened after Amador placed her in unfamiliar
"He was making her call him 'Dad' in Spanish," Krayneski said. "She didn't want
to speak that language. It was too fast. She didn't understand. He made her eat
Spanish food. He told her that her soon-to-be father (Krayneski's fiance) was
not her father."
Krayneski said her daughter was unaware of her other heritage. "You can't tell
she's Hispanic. The only thing is she has brown eyes. She looks just like me,
she does not look like him."
Her preference is that Amador bow out of the child's life.