The Houston Chronicle
Sept. 27, 2007, 10:47AM
By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ AP Hispanic Affairs Writer
MIAMI — The father of a 5-year-old Cuban girl at the center of an international custody battle did not abandon her despite failing to contact her for months, a judge ruled Thursday.
The case now moves into a second phase in which Circuit Judge Jeri B. Cohen must rule whether the girl should live with her father, Cuban farmer Rafael Izquierdo, 32, or stay with her foster parents in Miami.
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