Congressman joins international custody battle

February 5, 2009 10:50:37 AM PST
A congressman has joined a New Jersey man's attempt in Brazil to regain custody of the son he hasn't seen for more than four years. U.S. Rep. Chris Smith is asking Congress to pass a resolution to pressure Brazil to return Sean Goldman to his father, David, of Tinton Falls.

His mother took the boy to her native Brazil when he was 4. She married another man there and died giving birth to another child last year.

Goldman says he has not been allowed to see his son since.

Smith says not returning custody to Goldman is a violation of an international treaty. The Republican from Hamilton Township is known for delving into human rights issues around the world.


Information from: Asbury Park Press,

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