A Brazilian family delivered 9-year-old Sean Goldman to his American father in Brazil on Thursday, but paraded the scared boy through the streets of Brazil in front of photographers. Read more on this bittersweet reunion between David and Sean Goldman below.
After a five-year custody battle, Sean Goldman was finally returned to his American biological father, David Goldman.
Sean Goldman was brought to the U.S. consulate by several of his Brazilian relatives, parading the scared boy by the awaiting photographers to his father who was waiting inside.
Sean cried as his stepfather and family lawyer steered him through the crowds of camera crews and onlookers.
His maternal grandmother, Silvana Bianchi, said in tears simply that “this is a very difficult moment.”
David Goldman and his son left to the airport about 15 minutes later.
New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith, who was in Brazil with Goldman, said on NBC’s “Today” show that once Sean was inside the consulate, he met with his father in a private conference room. Smith said they talked about basketball.
“There’s going to be some moments, but David is absolutely thrilled,” Smith said.
Goldman’s New Jersey-based lawyer, Patricia Apy, was very unhappy with the turnover of Sean.
“Unfortunately, the Brazilian family, rather than have the handoff take place in a garage, which would have been secure, parked away and walked him through the press, which only serves to make the situation more stressful for the child,” Apy said.
Blum also said the tumult during the boy’s delivery could have been avoided.
“The family was offered the same access to the consulate as the father, for whatever reason they chose to get out of their cars and walk in,” she said.
Although it was a traumatizing reunion, we all wish the best for Sean and David Goldman.
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