LEE COUNTY, Fla. - "This is basically kidnapping. And they took her out of the country," said Robert Hernandez.
Samantha's father is relieved to know his daughter Samantha is at a treatment center and not in a foreign country. The teen flew to Brazil with a 17 year-old boy she met online and he had no legal way to get her back.
He's asking authorities for a full investigation into how his daughter was able to fool customs and who helped pay for her trip.
In the meantime, Samantha's father is trying to reconnect with his daughter and find out what's going through her mind after the ordeal.
"It's like she's a blank sheet of paper right now, like she did nothing wrong. I don't know how long it'll take to sink in that hey, you shouldn't have done this," said Hernandez.