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Custody Battle / Vietnam Refugee / United States Family #45087

ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 30, 1976
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(Studio) Battle for custody of children being waged by Vietnam refugee since arrival in United States over year ago.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Forest City, Iowa) Reporter relates story of how Vietnam widow and children escaped South Vietnam before fall of Saigon. Duan On has recovered 4 of 5 children, but is in court battle over 4 year old son, Benjamin Child lives with foster parents in Forest City, Iowa, and they claim On has no proof child is hers and say they won't give him up. [John NELSON - says they have no proof On is child's mother and would question if he should go back if they had such proof.] Iowa court awarded custody of Ben to On, but Nelsons appealing case. On's present living conditions and studies noted; child's home life also noted. [NELSON - says giving him up would like son dying.] [ON - says no reasons for fight with Nelsons; she's told Nelsons Bible says love your neighbor as yourself and they should give son back to her.]
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

Gregory, Bettina;
Smith, Howard K.

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