Today Show: Though a New Jersey dad's hopes of finally regaining custody of his son from a Brazilian family were dealt another crushing setback, he vowed that he will never give up his battle to bring the boy home.
"I'll never give up on my son," David Goldman declared to TODAY's Meredith Vieira Wednesday morning via satellite from Rio de Janeiro. "It's not over."
Goldman had flown to Brazil on Monday after a Brazilian federal court judge ruled that after nearly five years, 9-year-old Sean Goldman had to be returned to his father at the U.S. consulate Wednesday afternoon. On Tuesday, one justice on the Supreme Court of Brazil, acting on a petition filed by a minor political party, canceled the order and ruled that more time was needed to determine if Goldman should get his son back.
Wednesday morning, Goldman looked exhausted and emotionally drained as he voiced his determination to continue his nearly five-year battle.
Goldman said he hoped to at least see Sean on Wednesday, but he knew that the latest twist in this international custody case that has gone to the highest levels of the American and Brazilian governments would prevent him from finally bringing Sean back to Tinton Falls, N.J.
"Bottom line right now: My son is not going to be on a plane coming home with me this afternoon," Goldman told Vieira.
The distraught father said he fears for his son's well-being the longer the legal tug-of-war continues.
"This isn't good. This isn't good at all," he told Vieira. "He's got to come home with me. He's in a very unhealthy environment, and this has to stop."
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