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Agawam Woman Stuck in Brazil Speaks About Ordeal

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AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — We’re hearing from an Agawam mother being held against her will in Brazil.

It’s a story ABC40 first brought you last night. It all surrounds Shauna Hadden’s trip to Brazil, so her 6-year-old daughter could see her father.

But Hadden claims her ex had plans to kidnap or harm Ava, so she fled.

Brazilian officials confiscated the family’s passports pending a custody hearing, and now they are trapped.

Hadden left just before Memorial Day with Ava, for what her ex-husband convinced everyone would be a short, peaceful visit. Now, both will spend their Fourth of July held captive overseas

Shauna and Eva’s terrifing ordeal is spreading fast. Our story tuesday night was shared hundreds of times, with most people flooding Shauna with words of support

“I just never thought that a community could come together like this and just be really interested in helping for the better,” Hadden told ABC40 via Skype from Brazil.

The U.S. Embassy in Brazil had not talked with Shauna in about a week until her international nightmare hit the news Tuesday.

“When all this stuff started happening back in the United States, they have called me yesterday and the day before that. They basically call and ask me how I am, ask if I have any updates,” Hadden adds.

But they don’t update on her homecoming – the most frustrating part of the whole ordeal.

Hadden notes, “I’ve been told by my attorneys and several other people that it’s illegal to confiscate property of the U.S. Government and the embassy told me this afterwards, but there is nothing they can do to get my passports back.”

Congressman Richard Neal and Senator Elizabeth Warren say that’s what they are investigating. Meantime, 6-year-old Ava is growing tired of her limited lifestyle.

This is a photo of her making doll houses out of boxes.

“She’s sleeping right now. She sleeps a lot. She’s not happy. She actually watched the news report last night that you did, which was excellent and she started crying and she said she just wants to go home to her family, she just wants to go home to her dog, it’s really hard for her,” says Hadden.

Hadden says that every Facebook post and message, which is her main means of communication, is what is getting both her and Ava through each long day, hoping any day will be the one they come home.

A Facebook page has been started to follow Shauna and Ava’s ordeal.

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