Shauna Hadden went to Brazil in May to let her ex-husband reconnect with their daughter, Ava. The 33-year-old Agawam woman says she got full custody of Ava after their divorce in 2009.
The girl's maternal grandmother says a Brazilian judge denied the father's request for full custody but ordered the passport seizures until the father visits with Ava, which he's refused to do. Linda Hadden says her daughter and granddaughter can't leave Brazil but that some U.S. officials are trying to help.
Brazil's federal police declined comment Friday.
An attorney for Ava's father couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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