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Local NJ Fisherman reunites with Son after 5 year battle
Written by Julie O'Connor/The Star-Ledger   
Thursday, 24 December 2009 03:27

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A Brazilian family today delivered a 9-year-old boy to his American father, ending a five-year custody battle.

The boy, Sean, was brought into the U.S. consulate by his maternal grandmother and his stepfather, making it into the compound's front door as scores of reporters and cameramen tried to get close. His U.S. dad, David Goldman, was waiting for him inside.

Sean Goldman, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, Sergio Tostes

Sean Goldman 9, arrives today at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, hugging his Brazilian stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva. The man in the suit at right is the family's attorney Sergio Tostes. David Goldman's bitter five-year battle to regain custody of his son neared conclusion Wednesday, when the child's Brazilian family halted its legal efforts as a court-ordered deadline for delivering the boy loomed. Goldman has said repeatedly that until he is on a plane heading to the U.S. with 9-year-old Sean at his side, he would not feel relief. But with a court ordering the boy's handover this morning at the U.S. Consulate, the end appeared to be in sight. (Eduardo Naddar/AP)

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