Miami, United States of America
UNCLE OF SHIPWRECKED BOY IS EMBRACED AFTER JUDGE GAVE RULING.
Lazaro Gonzalez, great uncle of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez, gets a hug from Cuban American Foundation president Jorge Mas Santos just after Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rosa I. Rodriguez (no relation) issued an order in Miami, January 10. The Florida family court judge ruled Monday that 6-year-old Elian, a Cuban boy at the heart of an international custody battle, should stay in Miami until a hearing to determine if he would be harmed by going back to communist Cuba. The ruling, in which Miami-Dade Judge Rodriguez decided she had limited jurisdiction over the fate of Elian Gonzalez, gave interim custody to his Miami relatives until a March 6 hearing. Her decision contradicted a U.S. government ruling that his father in Cuba had custody and only he could speak for the boy.