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High court won’t hear child custody dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is staying out of an international child custody dispute between a New Hampshire woman and her former husband in Turkey.

The justices on Tuesday let stand a lower court ruling that said the woman must return custody of her two daughters to her ex-husband.

The girls’ mother says she fled Turkey with her daughters in 2007 because she believed her husband was sexually abusing them. The father claims his ex-wife defied a Turkish family court’s decision granting him custody and illegally took the children to Europe and later to New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled last year that the Turkish order should be enforced.

The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify victims of sexual abuse; it is not naming the parents to avoid identifying the girls.

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