Mass. Mother Trapped in Brazil Over Custody Dispute Trying to Come Home


Shauna and Ava Hadden are now waiting for a response from Machado's lawyers, according to Hadden. He has until July 5 to visit Ava under the court-ordered supervised visit.

Hadden has been busy trying to keep up her daughter and granddaughter's spirits, sending "a box of Barbies, crayons, coloring books, and toys."

She said she hopes that the situation will be resolved before Shauna Hadden's tourist visa expires at the end of the summer. "We have been working with Senator Elizabeth Warren, our congressman, the State Department and the Brazilian government." (Warren's office and the U.S. Embassy in Brazil did not immediately return calls today for comment.)

In the meantime, Shauna Hadden has been gathering support on Facebook and in the media.

"Shauna speaks fluent Portuguese and was interviewed by Brazilian TV stations. We thought there would be some backlash against her but everybody was so supportive," Hadden explained.

Shauna Hadden's Facebook page, 'Trapped in Brazil,' has over 2,000 likes.

Right now, Hadden's biggest concern is Ava.

"I keep telling her, 'Remember your daddy loves you.' I don't want her to carry any hatred. I just want her to come home. Ava has a dog that misses her very much."

Shauna Hadden did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

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