Jack Redmond, a 5-year-old boy, who is at the center of an international custody battle, was sent to Ireland last Tuesday to live with his father, reports CBS Chicago (video below).
Redmond was born in the U.S. and lived most of his life in the Chicago area, says his mother Mary Redmond.
However, an United States federal judge has ordered that Mary Redmond abide by an Irish judge’s ruling and return Jack to Ireland to live and share custody of the boy with his father, Derek Redmond [no relation to Mary Redmond].
Derek Redmond, who is irish, filed for custody in Ireland. An Irish court and the World Court in the Hague ruled that Ireland had jurisdiction over Jack, and ordered he be shipped back to that country this week to live with his dad.
Because Mary did not return to Ireland with Jack as ordered by the Irish judge, she was held in contempt of court and will be arrested if she returns to Ireland.
So Jack's grandmother went with him to Ireland instead.
Mary got into the custody battle when she decided to leave her boyfriend, Derek. She claimed Derek became physically and mentally abusive to her.
Mary said she only agreed to an Irish judge’s order to share custody of the boy in Ireland, at the time, so that she could leave Ireland with Jack.
But the judge’s order was for Mary Redmond to settle her affairs in the United States and return to Ireland to live in the village of Ballymurphy.
Her attorney is working on that appeal before the World Court in the Hague. Mary said she hopes for a ruling in her favor soon.