Timmy Karter, a travel blogger, was filming a YouTube exposé on Villas Otoch Paraiso neighborhood in Cancun, Mexico on October 12, 2022. Initially, he planned to showcase the community, which was believed to be the most hazardous and aggressive in the region. However, he stumbled upon something much more captivating by chance.
Upon his arrival at the Villas Otoch market, Karter strolled among the street vendors in search of a meal and a barber when he chanced upon a food vendor named Alex, who was born and raised in Mexico.
Alex was selling his wares at the market when Karter approached him and asked about the meat on display. To Karter’s surprise, Alex spoke English fluently and shared that he had previously lived in Raleigh, North Carolina for 28 years before being deported back to Mexico.
Having lived in the United States, Alex had pursued his studies, worked, and settled into an apartment with his wife, where they welcomed their two daughters. However, at the age of 24, his life took a drastic turn when his oldest daughter fell ill while in the care of a babysitter and refused to eat.
The three-year-old girl eventually ate ham and eggs at home but began choking and vomiting ten minutes later. With the nearest hospital in North Carolina located just five minutes away, Alex acted promptly, driving her to seek immediate medical attention.
During this time, Alex’s wife was at work, and he instinctively took action to save his ailing daughter. Tragically, the child passed away en route to the hospital. Alex received the news of her death approximately 30 minutes after arriving at the hospital, and he was subsequently blamed for the tragedy.
Alex Got Accused in His Daughter’s Tragic Death
Just nine days after the heart-wrenching incident, Alex was taken into custody and denied the opportunity to grieve his daughter’s passing in peace. He faced three charges, two of which were for failing to contact emergency services and leaving his six-month-old daughter unattended at home.
Alex received a 15-year prison sentence, which he served from 2004 until 2019. As a father of two, he recounted his desperate attempt to save his daughter’s life by driving her to the hospital himself and explained that he didn’t call an ambulance because the hospital was nearby, and he wanted to save time.
Following his daughter’s passing, Alex informed his wife that they would have to divorce because he knew that his imprisonment would be lengthy. Despite separating from his wife, who was only 24 at the time, because he didn’t want to burden her with waiting for him, he did not anticipate what would happen next.
Surprise Visit for Alex in Prison from a 16-Year-Old Girl
During his imprisonment, Alex distanced himself from his young family and refrained from contacting them, including his sister. He was grappling with depression and did not wish to be updated on their lives. However, a decade later, something remarkable occurred.
After some time had passed, Alex’s ex-wife managed to locate him and informed him that she had remarried and had another child. She also shared a photo of their daughter, Stephany, whom he had not seen since she was an infant. This news renewed Alex’s dedication to his daughter.
Just one week prior to his anticipated release, Alex’s ex-wife informed him that he would receive a surprise. Initially thinking that she was going to send him money, he was surprised to receive a visitor the following day.
At first, Alex was unsure who the visitor was, but then he noticed a young girl approaching him who appeared to be around 15 or 16 years old. When Stephany saw her father, she burst into tears. When Alex inquired as to why she was crying, she revealed that he was her father.
Despite Alex being in prison for the death of Stephany’s older sister, she still sought him out and found him. When they finally met, both father and daughter were moved to tears. Even Karter, who was present, admitted that he was on the verge of tears after hearing the story.
Alex, who had once said, “I had to do something for my daughter!” when he tried to save his older daughter, was finally able to reunite with his younger daughter, Stephany. However, their reunion was short-lived because Alex would soon have to leave the US, leaving Stephany behind.
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Upon his release from prison in 2019, Alex was deported to his home country of Mexico. He shared that his chances with the judge were slim, as his lawyer had informed him that being Mexican would work against him in court.
Alex, who had spent 28 years of his life in the US, felt like the country was his home and didn’t feel a sense of belonging in Mexico, his country of birth. Unfortunately, after being deported, he feared that if he returned to the US, he would get arrested and serve more time, preventing him from reuniting with his family.
Despite paying taxes and living most of his life in the US, Alex’s lawyer informed him that being Mexican would work against him in court, leaving him with no chance to stay in the US. The news of imprisonment and deportation caused Alex to experience suicidal thoughts, but he was fortunate enough not to act on them.
Alex currently resides in a neighborhood that has its share of danger from cartels and other hazards, mainly at night. Despite this, he strives to avoid any trouble and focuses on his work as a street food vendor in the Cancun market. His hope is that things will work out for him, and he can once again find happiness.
Karter was deeply moved by Alex’s story and offered him some money as a gesture of support. At first, the street vendor tried to refuse, but Karter insisted. Despite being emotionally affected, Karter continued to explore and document Villas Otoch Paraiso, highlighting the kindness and generosity of the residents.