Runaway Convert's Parents Want Case In Ohio

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Orlando, Fla. (AP) -- The parents of an Ohio teenager who ran away to Orlando because she thought her life was in danger for converting from Islam to Christianity are trying to get the case moved from Florida to Ohio.

The parents of 17-year-old Rifqa Bary filed a motion Monday for a dependency hearing seeking jurisdiction of the case to be moved from Orlando to Columbus, Ohio.

An Ohio judge has set a hearing for Oct. 27.

The parents' filing puts into question which state ultimately will have jurisdiction over the case.

The Florida judge currently supervising the case says he will consult with his Ohio counterpart to settle jurisdictional issues.

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

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    the child is 17 and scared to death of what her parents will do to her so lets just put her back with her parents so she can be hurt what does that prove to children today???
  • by Jean Location: Parkersburg on Sep 22, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    I believe a 17 year old has a right to choose which religion they would like to follow.
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