Judge Sealed Police Report For Runaway Convert

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Orlando, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge has ordered sealed a police report about a teenage girl who ran away from her Ohio home to Orlando after converting from Islam to Christianity.

The judge signed the order Thursday sealing the report for at least ten days until lawyers for 17-year-old Rifqa Bary, her parents and child welfare officials can read it.

The hearing was to determine whether the teen should return to Ohio or stay in Florida.

The teen ran away to Florida in July, saying she feared being killed for changing religions.

The judge said two weeks ago that he would postpone deciding whether Bary should return to Ohio until after the investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was completed.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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