Thursday, November 29, 2007

Father Granted Daughter In Cuba Custody Case South Florida

POSTED: 5:48 pm EST November 28, 2007
UPDATED: 6:30 pm EST November 28, 2007

MIAMI -- A Cuban farmer would get sole custody of his 5-year-old daughter under a settlement reached Wednesday after a lengthy court battle involving the girl's U.S. foster parents and state officials, according to a person familiar with the deal.

Under the settlement, Rafael Izquierdo and his daughter would remain in the U.S. for several years and the foster parents, former baseball players agent Joe Cubas and his wife Maria, would get regular visits from the girl, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because of confidentiality rules.

Beyond that, Izquierdo would have no parental restrictions and could eventually return to Cuba, the person said. The agreement is still subject to approval by Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Jeri B. Cohen, who has scheduled a Tuesday hearing.

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