Five Years On

Brazilian Custody Battle Settled

The chief judge of Brazil's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a 9-year-old boy be returned to his American father, David Goldman. The decision was the latest in a five-year custody and child abduction battle began in 2004, when the boy's mother, native Brazilian Bruna Bianchi, ostensibly took him to Brazil for a two-week vacation, but then phoned Goldman saying she wanted a divorce and that she was staying in Brazil. Goldman filed lawsuits in the U.S. and Brazil to reclaim his son. After Bianchi died last year, her second husband, a prominent attorney, continued the fight to keep the boy in Brazil with his mother's relatives, including the boy's grandmother. Goldman told the Associated Press that he wouldn't be confident in his victory until he and the boy were on a plane back to the U.S.