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Son ‘needs to be with me,’ says angry N.J. dad

The New Jersey dad who has waged a five-year battle to regain custody of his only son from a family in Brazil erupted in anger at a video the family made showing the 9-year-old boy saying he wants to stay in Brazil.“It’s disgusting,” David Goldman told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira in New York Thursday.Two days earlier, the Brazilian family that has been raising Sean Goldman for nearly five year
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The New Jersey dad who has waged a five-year battle to regain custody of his only son from a family in Brazil erupted in anger at a video the family made showing the 9-year-old boy saying he wants to stay in Brazil.

“It’s disgusting,” David Goldman told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira in New York Thursday.

Two days earlier, the Brazilian family that has been raising Sean Goldman for nearly five years in defiance of international law and a New Jersey court order had appeared on American television to say that the boy wants to stay in Brazil. They also said that the reason David Goldman’s late wife, Bruna, abandoned him and took Sean to Brazil in 2004 was because their marriage had broken down and she was unhappy.

‘Child abuse’

“The levels that this is so wrong are insurmountable,” said Goldman, barely able to contain his rage at this latest twist in the battle of public opinion between him and the Brazilian family. “First of all, in depositions in New Jersey a year and a half after my wife, deceased now, took Sean and held him illegally in Brazil, [they said] there was nothing wrong with the marriage — under oath in depositions. And now they say because they can take a child — my child — and keep him in their possession, that he’s theirs? And this guy’s got no relation at all to my son.”