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Story of ‘Trapped’ Agawam Mother, Daughter Getting National Attention

AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) — ABC40 continues to follow the developing story of an Agawam woman and her daughter who say they are being held against their will in Brazil.

Congressman Richard Neal is still following the situation in Brazil involving an Agawam woman and her daughter who are being held against their will.

Shauna Hadden brough her 6-year-old daughter to Brazil to visit the girl’s biological father.  But when she arrived, she feared the father might kidnap the girl, so she fled.

Now, Brazilian officials have confiscated the family’s passports.

ABC40 has teamed up with the global resources of ABC News to stay on the story and bring more attention to Shauna and Ava’s ordeal.

Congressman Neal and Senator Elizabeth Warren have also been investigating the issue.

“Well we made initial contact through the State Department,” said Neal.  ”We intend to follow up.  We’ve already done it twice.  We intend to pursue this, based upon the family’s request to return the passports and they have a safe trip back home.  [It’s] clear to me, even when we follow the rules of international order, I’m unaware of any government seizing and holding on to the passports of American citizens.”

Neal suggests that all American citizens always hang on to their passports and refuse to give them up.  He also adds that he is optimistic about the outcome.

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