Manuel Lozano and Diana Alvarez met in London, and the following year had a child together. The couple had the characteristic "he said/she said" version of their relationship; Alvarez characterized the time with instances of rape and violence, while Lozano characterized their time together as having "normal couple problems."
When their child was 3, she began exhibiting signs of distress, with her school nursery manager noting that she was "very withdrawn" and that "the home 'environment obviously had a negative effect' on her." As a result, Alvarez took the child to a women's shelter, where they remained for seven months. Thereafter, Alvarez took the child from the UK to France and then to New York, to live with Alvarez's sister.