The US Marine who was accused of abducting an Afghan war orphan has spoken out to defend his adoption of the three-year-old girl, who is at the center of an international custody battle.
Marine Major Joshua Mast and his wife Stephanie currently have custody of the girl, identified as ‘Baby L’, who survived a Special Operations raid that killed her parents and five siblings in 2019, when she was two months old.
But an Afghan couple related to Baby L, who had been raising the girl, alleged in court filings that in August 2021, the Masts lured them to the US under false pretenses and took custody of her without their permission.
In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, the Masts strenuously denied the claims, saying they had been up front about their intentions and only wanted what was best for the girl.
‘We have been honest about who we are and our concerns over the child from the very first day,’ said Stephanie Mast.
‘I don’t think I used the word adoption,’ Joshua Mast admitted of…