Runaway Convert Back In Ohio After 3-Month Flight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A teenage girl is back in Ohio after running away to Florida because she said she feared her father would harm or kill her for converting from Islam to Christianity.

The Florida Department of Children and Families says 17-year-old Rifqa Bary arrived in Columbus Tuesday accompanied by a state social worker and a Florida police officer.

Bary is now in the custody of Franklin County Children Services, which was given control of her case earlier this month pending her arrival back in Ohio.

Bary will stay with a foster family and undergo counseling.

Earlier Tuesday an Ohio judge ordered the state to supervise Bary's telephone and internet use at the request of children services.

Jim Zorn, a Children Services' attorney, says Bary's use of Facebook contributed to her problems, a charge Bary denies.

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

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