NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal court has ruled that two girls at the center of an international custody battle can remain with their father in Franklin, Tenn., and do not have to return to their mother in Mexico.
The mother filed a petition last year invoking an international treaty designed to protect children from being abducted or retained by a parent in another country. The mother said she sent the girls to Tennessee to visit their father in 2010 and he refused to return them to Mexico.
The parents, both Mexican nationals, moved to Franklin in 1999. The girls were born in Franklin but went to live with their mother in Mexico in 2003.
Court documents say one of the children was abducted and sexually abused in Mexico by an outsider, and The Associated Press does not name victims of sexual abuse.
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