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May 24th, 2012
08:29 PM ET

Mother fears for son's life: "Worst nightmare come true"

Lura Calder and her 6-year-old son, who are both American citizens are just days aways from being forced to return to Italy despite fearing for their lives. Calder says she and her son left Italy in 2010 to escape the boy's father whom she claims physically and emotionally abused her, sexually abused their son and even may have hired a hit man. The case has even gained the attention of actress Angelina Jolie.

CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.


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  1. Natalie

    Shame on you Erin and CNN. This is so not credible and BTW Leo is an Italian Citizen too. Please check your facts and inform yourself before airing such nonsense. You need to be informed, you're supposedly a journalist.
    yikes

    January 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  2. MB

    Shame on CNN for biased reporting. Shame on KIND for supporting this behavior. Ernie Allen (NCMEC) spoke on Parental kidnapping he stated 80% of the are "Anger or revenge directed at the ex-spouse". If there was any abuse it should be decided in Italy. The US has no jurisdiction on custody.

    June 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  3. stefano

    I hope that Leo can return back to his father as soon as possible !

    May 26, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  4. Sue Pranoe

    California courts have ruled that Leo's father is abusive. This is a fact that has been proven in court. Leo's mother came to the States to her family to protect her son. Fleeing a country with a child to protect him or her from an abusive situation is not a crime, it is a maternal duty.

    May 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  5. Amanda B.

    I am woman and a mother to two beautiful girls who has been a target of international parental child abduction to Saudi Arabia. I applaud you for airing this story to bring awareness to this epidemic.However, your program failed to equally share both sides of the story. I became aquatinted with Maurizio Rigamonti thru a mutual contact who has assisted with his fight to return Leo back home to Italy.He is a loving father who has been accused of horrible things by Leo's abductor. People need to keep in mind that in the eyes of the law she is an abductor and abduction is a criminal offense.In almost every single case when a parent abducts,they always claim abuse because that's the only way they can avoid criminal charges. This is a crime that is committed by both mothers and fathers.Unfortunately, it is mostly the fathers who are accused of abuse. People feel for a mother of child who has been "abused" who is trying to "protect" their child. If it would have Mr. Rigamonti who was the one who had abducted Leo and claimed Lura abused him, would his story have been told? If a child is taken out of state by one parent without permission when there is a custody order prohibits it, law enforcement is mobilized and when the child is found,the abductor is arrested and faced with criminal charges. They can't claim the protection of Article 13 of the Hague. No matter what the mothers motive was, she committed a crime. There is no justification for international parental child abduction.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  6. Maralyn Jones

    My heart breaks for this poor child. The report was only three minutes long. There had to be more facts, but to me, it seems that the mother was not credible. It seems she wanted to leave Italy and return to fanciful Hollywood, throwing her husband, her son, and their family under the bus. The issues of abuse are not credible. What is, is the effort of the father who had to go through such a painful ordeal. I am happy to know the child is going home – to Italy – where he should be raised.

    May 25, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply

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