Florida Judge Orders Christian Convert Back To Ohio

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The Ohio teen who ran away to Florida after she converted from Islam to Christianity has been ordered back to Ohio.

A Florida judge says 17-year-old Rifqa Bary should return to her family in Columbus in the next few weeks. Bary has been in foster care in Orlando since she away this summer. She said she feared for her life after her family found out she changed her religion to Christianity from Islam. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation found no credible threats to Bary.

Her father, Mohammed Bary, was reached by phone but declined to make any comment about his daughter’s pending return. In an August interview Mohammed Bary denied the threats and was eager to have his daughter return to Ohio.

“I want my girl home, my daughter back. I want my child back home because our family is not complete,” Mohammed Bary said.

Franklin County Children’s Services’ Doris Calloway-Moore said the Bary family has been very cooperative. She said the parents think their daughter should be in foster care while the family receives counseling upon her return. One of Mohammed Bary’s attorneys, Shayan Elahi, said another hearing is set for October 23.