David Goldman and his son are at the center of a very high-profile 5 year long custody battle that may finally be coming to an end. Yesterday, a Brazilian Federal Regional Tribunal court ruled unanimously that a the 16th Federal Court in Rio was correct in ordering Goldman's son, Sean, returned to his father in accordance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Sean was taken to Brazil by his mother, Bruna Bianchi, for what was supposed to be a two-week holiday when the boy was only four-years-old. She never returned, filed for divorce from Goldman and eventually remarried. Bianchi refused to allow Goldman to see their son after she abducted him, and he has been fighting in courts for custody ever since.
Bianchi recently died in childbirth, leaving David Goldman as Sean's only birth parent. Custody was already granted to Goldman in a case that even U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been involved in, but the boy's Brazilian family has filed 40 appeals, delaying his return each time.
In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Goldman said, "I hope this time I will be able to go down to Brazil and come back home with my son. Hopefully the rule of law, god, nature, human decency will be followed, and Sean will come home to reunite with me, his only parent."