AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - An Agawam mother's three week trip to Brazil has turned into a nightmare.
The 22News I-Team talked exclusively with the woman who right now, isn't allowed to come home.
Shauna Hadden and her daughter have now been stuck in Brazil for more than six weeks. Her family feels she was set up to fall into a trap by her ex-husband and daughter's father.
Agawam's Shauna Hadden was only supposed to be gone for three weeks. After years of prodding, her ex-husband finally convinced Shauna to bring their daughter Ava to Brazil. Now her family feels she was set up.
Shauna's Aunt, Kathy Ayre, told 22News, "When she got there in Rio (de Janeiro) and decided not to proceed with the rest of her journey down there, there had been some threats. Two weeks into her visit, she was actually visited by Federal Brazilian Agents and both her passport and her daughter's passport were taken."
Shauna speaks fluent Portuguese, young Ava feels lost. The 22News I-Team spoke exclusively with Shauna via Skype.
(Is there a fear at all for your safety, for your daughter's safety, for being down there too long?)
"We're blessed we're with an amazing family who is really good to us." said Shauna. "If it wasn't for them we wouldn't have shelter or food we'd be in the street. We'd be living on a chair in the Recife Embassy, just be sitting in a chair, that's what they told me."
Without a passport they can't fly back home. Her ex-husband also filed a custody suit. Now they're stuck under Brazil's Government control.
"The laws are very different in Brazil", said Linda Hadden, Shauna's mother and Ava's grandmother.
It was supposed to be summer camp and then first grade this year for 6-year-old Ava. Now she's homesick.
"She has about four Barbie's and that's about it, she really wants to go home everyday. She cries because she misses her dog and her family, it's really tough on her, but I think we're hanging in there okay", said Shauna.
Shauna said she's been overwhelmed by the support she's received from her friends and family in Agawam. Her family has spoken to Congressman Richard Neal and the 22News I-Team has been in touch with the Bureau of Consular Affairs to see if we can find some sort of resolution.
Hadden is expected to meet with her lawyers on Tuesday night.