CUBAN BOY ELIAN GONZALEZ PLAYS WITH A BALLOON.
Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez plays with a balloon in the yard of his great uncle in Miami's Little Havana January 17. The six-year-old remains at the heart of an international custody battle between his Miami relatives and his father in Cuba. Gonzalez was picked up at sea November 25, 1999 after clinging to an inner tube for two days. His mother and 10 others died when their small boat sank in the failed smuggling operation. The lawyers for the boy's Miami relatives plan to take their custody fight to the U.S. federal court as early as Tuesday.