Silvana Bianchi, maternal grandmother of Sean Goldman, the nine-year-

old boy at the center of an international custody battle, cries after Sean

was handed over to his American father, David Goldman, Dec. 25.



Folha, Brazil

Sean Goldman's Brazilian Family Hopes to Regain Custody


"I'm very upset, very sad and concerned about Sean's little head. He left a small sister here. Every time she passes his bedroom door, she asks: 'Where's brother, where's brother?' I always respond by saying that he's traveling. They separated two siblings. That's cruel."


-- Silvana Bianchi, grandmother of Sean Goldman


By Diana Brito


Translated By Brandi Miller


December 31, 2009


Brazil - Folha - Original Article (Portuguese)

David Goldman with his son Sean and his late wife, Bruna. In 2004, Bruna took their son to Brazil and never returned. After marrying another man in Brazil, she died, resulting in the present custody battle.


REUTERS, U.K.: Nine-year-old Sean Goldman reunited with American father, Dec. 24, 00:01:13RealVideo

Rio de Janeiro: Silvana Bianchi, grandmother of nine-year-old Sean Goldman, said on Dec. 30 that she would not make any quick judgments about the request for compensation by American David Goldman, the child's father, for $500,000 (about 870,000 reals). The foreigner's lawyer said yesterday that the costs being sought from the boy's Brazilian family would cover David's expenses since the beginning of the legal battle for custody of his son.


"It would be nice if everyone had knowledge of this. I'd rather not to give my opinion about this for now. There must be some reason for him to be talking about this. I don't want to make any preliminary judgments. He has a right to ask for whatever he wants, but I don't know if it's legal. I'm very worried about Sean and not what David says," the boy's grandmother told Folha.


Sean, who was born in the United States, came to Brazil in 2004 with his mother, who passed away last year. Based on a decision of the Supreme Court, he was handed over to his father on December 24.


Bianchi also said she received a phone call from her grandson on the afternoon of the 29th, the first day in his new home in a small town in the U.S. state of New Jersey. For the grandmother, even though the boy complained about the cold, he's OK with his father.


"He talked to me over the phone for around 15 minutes. He's dying of loneliness and said it was very cold, but that he's OK. He's very mature for his age. He is a child who is staying focused within the storm," said the grandmother.


She also said that she explained to her grandson that she would visit him soon, after "everything is formalized. At the end of the year everything stops. As soon as we have the legal issues taken care of, we'll go visit him," she said.


Emotional, Silvana again criticized the decision of the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Gilmar Mendes, who annulled the verdict that terminated the boy's stay in Brazil and which took him from his sister on Christmas Eve.



"I only regret the response of the Brazilian courts. I'm very upset, very sad and concerned about Sean's little head. He left a small sister here. Every time she passes his bedroom door, she asks: "Where's brother, where's brother?" I always respond by saying that he's traveling. They separated two siblings. That's cruel," said Bianchi.


According to news agencies, Sean and his father stayed within David Goldman's New Jersey home all day on Tuesday. The two arrived Monday night (Dec. 28) after spending four days in Florida.


Images from the American TV network NBC [see video below] showed Sean playing with a cat, which was in the house when the boy was taken to Brazil by his mother five years ago. David also reintroduced the boy to his room, which has been kept intact since he left.




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On Monday, Sean's Brazilian family said they would continue the court battle to regain custody of the boy. The family says it's considering entering an appeal with the Superior Court [the highest appeals court in Brazil] for the boy to be heard. His Brazilian relatives hope that Sean will state that he would rather live in Brazil, and based on this, they hope to regain custody.



Family members have already expressed the intention to visit Sean in the United States. On Tuesday, David didn't clearly respond to journalist's questions on this, and said that this is something that would be discussed in the future. According to Jornal Nacional, Goldman's lawyer informed that Sean's Brazilian family has yet to make a formal request to visit.


His father said that Sean had contacted Brazil two times since he traveled to the United States: once on Christmas Eve and again this Tuesday, when he spoke to his grandmother.



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