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Judge orders Fathima Rifqa Bary to return to Ohio
by Amy L. Edwards
Fathima Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teenage runaway whose story of Muslim-to-Christianity conversion and charges of family abuse sparked debates about personal freedom, is going back to her home state.
Three months after Rifqa took a Greyhound bus to Orlando and sought shelter with pastors she had never met, an Orange County Circuit judge on Friday ordered the Florida Department of Children and Families to send the girl back to Ohio.
A DCF spokeswoman confirmed the agency received an order Friday afternoon from Orange County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Dawson.
He relinquished Orange County's emergency jurisdiction in the case and asked DCF to arrange the teen's transfer back to Ohio, where another case about her custody is ongoing.
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