APNewsBreak: Mom in Brazil custody case to return

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who has been stranded in Brazil with her 6-year-old daughter amid a custody dispute expects to return home soon.

Representatives for both sides told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a Brazilian judge has decided to return the U.S. passports that federal police had seized from the American visitors.

Shauna Hadden, a 33-year-old social worker, says she brought her daughter Ava to Brazil in May so the girl could reconnect with her father.

But a lawyer for the father, 32-year-old Donizete Machado, had said he had authorities seize their passports because Hadden hadn't let him visit with Ava. The lawyer also claims Hadden used airline tickets Machado paid for to fly over and meet a boyfriend.

Shauna's mother, Linda Hadden, says her daughter hopes to be home this weekend.

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Associated Press writer Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.

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