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New Jersey case against Indian parents is dismissed

A case made by New Jersey Child Protection Services against a couple from India has been wrapped up. According to reports, the international child custody battle created several issues for the family. Those issues began on August 9 in Parsippany, N.J.

Allegations were made against the parents of a 1-year-old boy, suggesting that they deliberately caused their son injury just three weeks after he came to the U.S. for the first time. His parents maintained that the injuries were caused by an accidental fall on the aforementioned date. Despite their protests, Child Protection Services removed the couple's son from their custody and placed him into foster care. He was in the custody of the state for six months until he was recently returned to his family.

He was not returned to his parents though. Instead, he returned to India and was placed in the custody of his grandmother. The parents did not request custody in court due to the fact that their son would be kept in interim foster care for a longer period of time. According to reports, he suffered several injuries and medical emergencies while in foster care, so his parents wanted him out as fast as possible.

His uncle accompanied him on the flight home. News reports indicate that family members in India were waiting for his arrival and greeted the toddler with balloons and toys. U.S. authorities agreed to the custody release and dismissed the case made against the parents by the New Jersey agency. In addition, the mother was allowed to appeal to the court in order to have her name cleared.

It is unclear if the parents will seek the return of their child. They may be able to pursue custody here in the U.S. or in India. International custody battles are often confusing and wrapped in red tape, so there is no clear cut answer to this situation as of yet.

Source: Business Standard, "Indian child back home from US protection custody," Feb. 28, 2013

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