AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) - It's a story you saw first on 22News . Shauna Hadden of Agawam and her six year old daughter Ava are stuck in Brazil. Her ex-husband filed a custody suit and Brazilian agents took Shauna and her daughter's passports.
Friday, The Bureau of Consular Affairs sent us this statement:
"Ensuring the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens overseas is our top priority. The U.S. Consulate in Recife continues to offer all appropriate support and services to Ms. Hadden. The State Department will continue to monitor the case closely.
The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia has also been in regular contact with Ms. Hadden, and we have discussed this matter with the Brazilian Foreign Ministry to ensure that Ms. Hadden and her daughter are afforded all legal protections entitled to them."
Hadden left for a three week trip in May and has been in Brazil now for more than six weeks.