The court wiped away a federal appeals court and sent a case concerning a child born in Italy back to the lower court for further proceedings.
The ruling is a win for an American woman who fled with her Italian-born child to the US after she said they faced abuse at the hands of her Italian-born husband. She sought to keep the child in the US while the custody proceedings played out. The husband filed a criminal kidnapping complaint against his wife in both Italian and American courts.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the unanimous opinion of the court.
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