It’s been a long five years:
A Brazilian family delivered 9-year-old Sean Goldman to his American father David Goldman in Brazil on Thursday, ending a five-year custody battle.
Sean Goldman was brought into the U.S. consulate by his maternal grandmother, Silvana Bianchi, and his stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva, making it into the compound’s front door as scores of reporters and cameramen tried to get close. His biological father, David Goldman, was waiting for him inside. Sean cried as his Brazilian relatives and family lawyer tried to get him through the scrum of journalists in front of the consulate. Guards had to violently push back photographers and TV cameramen.
The boy carried his luggage and wore a gold shirt with the Brazilian flag and Olympic rings underneath. David Goldman, of Tinton Falls, N.J., won a big legal victory late Tuesday when Brazil’s chief justice upheld a lower court’s ruling that ordered Sean Goldman returned to him. The father and son were expected to fly back to David Goldman’s home within hours. The Brazilian family said Wednesday it was dropping legal challenges to rulings giving custody to David Goldman. But the New Jersey man said repeatedly that, until he was on a plane heading to the U.S. with Sean at his side, he would not feel relief.