Puerto Ricans Join Woman's Bitter Custody Battle

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Thousands of Puerto Ricans are demanding justice for a university professor arrested after refusing to return her toddler to her ex-husband in the mainland U.S. under a court-ordered agreement.

The supporters of Maha Abdel Rahim are organizing a Sunday protest at a woman's jail where she is being held pending a Jan. 17 extradition hearing.

More than 5,000 people also have joined several Facebook pages demanding that Rahim be released and be given custody of their 4-year-old son.

Police arrested Rahim Thursday after she did not turn over the boy. Rahim is seeking custody and has accused the boy's Syrian father of planning to take their son back to the war-torn country. The boy's father could not be reached for comment.

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