Transcript and video of a CNN segment for an international child abduction case.
Interesting how CNN didn't consider the abduction itself very newsworthy, but found the fact that the mother was forced to return the child she kidnapped to be newsworthy (and indeed international child abducting mothers are a dime a dozen, but courts who uphold international law and refuse to provide an aura of legitimacy to kidnappers are rare indeed.)Videohttp://cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2012/05/24/erin-pkg-italy-custody-battle.cnnTranscripthttp://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1205/25/cnr.04.html
MALVEAUX: Abductor or protector? Two years ago a Los Angeles woman fled the U.S. with her Italian-born son, sparking a bitter international child custody case. Now she has got to go back to Italy and an Italian court will decide who the boy belongs with.
Miguel Marquez, he shows us both sides of this rather complicated story.
LURA CALDER, LEO'S MOM: This is my worst nightmare coming true.
MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Lura Calder, an American fighting for her 6-year-old son, Leo. Two years ago she fled Parma, Italy, and an Italian husband she grew to fear.
(on camera): You feared for your life?
CALDER: I feared for my life and I feared for my son's life.
MARQUEZ (voice-over): Neither parent wanted us to show Leo's face. When Calder left Italy with Leo, who was born there, then filed for a legal separation here in California, her Italian husband filed charges of his own, kidnapping.
CALDER: I'm not a bad mom. I didn't damage my child. I was protecting him. I was protecting him, and all I did was come to my family, you know. I don't have a right to come to my own family for help?
MARQUEZ: Calder claims her husband physically and emotionally abused her, sexually abused their son, and may have hired a hit man. She won her first case, but a California appeals court in December found only the claim of emotional abuse credible and ordered that she return Leo to Italy and let the courts there sort it out.
CALDER: I don't see myself as a child abductor. I see myself as a person who saved her child.
MARQUEZ: Calder's husband, Maurizio Rigamonti, used international law, The Hague Convention, to compel his son's return. He claims the abuse came from her, and in taking their son to California, she went too far.
MAURIZIO RIGAMONTI, LEO'S DAD: Lura broke the law. She did bad things. She claimed a lot of stuff that they weren't true, you know.
MARQUEZ: But Calder has support from high-powered celebrities like Angelina Jolie, whose Children's Foundation believes Hague Convention rules are being abused by vindictive spouses.
CALDER: All of it has been taken away from him for what, to go back to an abusive man?
RIGAMONTI: I'm ready to care about his needs, you know, and I will -- with all my patience, all my love, I want the best for Leo, you know?
MARQUEZ: Calder and Leo will return to Italy June 1st. Upon landing in Rome, Leo will go home with his father until a full custody hearing two days later. Calder fears that separation could be devastating.
CALDER: My son, he has never spent a single night ever alone with his father in his entire life.
MARQUEZ: A bitter custody fight, a 6-year-old boy at its heart, Leo's fate soon in the hands of an Italian court.
Miguel Marquez, CNN, Los Angeles.