Rifqa Bary to stay in Orlando for now
Updated: Monday, 21 Sep 2009, 11:15 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 21 Sep 2009, 10:30 AM EDT
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – At a juvenile court hearing Monday afternoon, a judge ruled that Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teen who ran away from home out of fear she would be physically harmed for converting from Islam to Christianity would remain in Orlando for now.
There are two ongoing cases regarding Rifqa Bary’s dependency: one in Florida and the other in Ohio. The parents of the 17-year-old filed a motion Monday for a dependency hearing seeking jurisdiction of the case to be moved from Orlando to Columbus, Ohio. An Ohio judge has set a hearing for Oct. 27. The parents’ filing puts into question which state ultimately will have jurisdiction over the case. Right now Florida has an emergency temporary jurisdiction but the Orlando court judge said he wants to speak with an Ohio judge to determine who has jurisdiction.
Also in court Monday the attorney for the father says he has filed a complaint with the Orlando Police Department about Blake and Beverly Lorenz, the pastors who took Rifqa Bary in for two weeks after she fled to Orlando. The attorney says he wants a criminal investigation into the Lorenz family. As a result, the judge said that no members of the Lorenz family can visit Rifqa Bary who reamins in the custody of the the Florida Department of Children and Families.