March 5, 2009

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Posted: 02:05 AM ET

Tonight, a father's nightmare!  A little boy, taken to Brazil by his mother, is the subject of an international custody dispute.artdavidgoldman11 After bringing her son to Brazil the mother remarried - but she died last year!  Now, the child is being raised by his step-father in Brazil, but his biological dad is struggling to regain custody, both here and there.   Can Secretary of State Hillary Clinton help reunite father and son after five long years?  She's now involved.  You'll hear from the father and from the mother's family tonight!


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David's fan club   March 4th, 2009 4:43 pm ET

I think you should do the whole hour on David Theall. He is my favorite. Is he single?

Katie Whittemore   March 4th, 2009 5:02 pm ET

I'd like to know why the Lins e Silva family has refused to let David Goldman see his son for 4 1/2 years even though he has been down to Brazil numerous times to see him? How can they be so cruel?

Val   March 4th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

A questions to the Lins and Silva:

What do have to say about a father's right to raise his own son? What do you have to say about Sean's right to be brought up by his father, his biological father?

Val   March 4th, 2009 5:32 pm ET

Question to the Lins e Silva:

What does Sean know about his father's battle to see him? What do you tell him about his father David?

Pam   March 4th, 2009 5:38 pm ET

You have worked in a case before where you returned a child to his biological father in Canada. Brazil complied with the Hague Convention then. How come it did not in this case?

Carlos Avila   March 4th, 2009 5:44 pm ET

Dear Larry King,
I'm a brazilian/american citizen but its a shame of brazilian laws.
Im glad Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is helping Mr. Goldman's in this case.
Wishing the best and thank you to "Larry King" on bring the case.
Carlos Avila- Boston -MA

Callie Raymond   March 4th, 2009 5:45 pm ET

I am heartbroken for David Goldman over this story. I have been following it for about six months now and I am still in awe of the situation and of David's perseverance. He just wants to be with his son, a son he loves more than anything. I don't know how anyone who loves Sean could deny him such a loving father. David's world was turned upside down when his wife, Bruna, took Sean away from him. He had to deal with not only the loss of his son, but the abrupt ending of his marriage and he did not have a say in any of it. I look forward to the day when David will regain custody of Sean.

Jen Hawk   March 4th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

How will Bruna's family explain their actions to Sean when he is old enough to see what they have done to his father and him?

Candice Barnhart   March 4th, 2009 5:51 pm ET

Question to the ex-wife's family:

What if the shoe was on the other foot and someone was trying to "STEAL" one of their children?

joanne osinkowski ontario canada   March 4th, 2009 6:00 pm ET

That child should have been turned over to his biological father the day his mother died. The thought that a father has to fight for custody of his own child is absolutely criminal. If Hillary Clinton is involved then the father should feel very confident he will get his son back. Hillary is one tornado the Brazillians don't want to mess with:)

Vanessa   March 4th, 2009 6:13 pm ET

I really hope that the staff at LKL protects David from any undue stress and turmoil. David doesn't deserve to have to share a stage with people that did what they did and spread more lies and manipulation to an American audience. I was very disappointed to learn that her family was also going to be on tonight. I thought that by having David come on the show the show was supporting him and wanting to raise awareness and support to his cause. I can only hope that Larry will hold them accountable and make them answer questions-and call them out on the answers-. This child should be turned over immediately.

howard   March 4th, 2009 6:14 pm ET

IN VIEW OF THE REPORTS THAT THE BOAT OWNER WAS AN EXPERIENCED BOATER ...there are so many unanswered questions: 1- why were they still out there at 5:00pm Saturday?2- why weren't they wearing life jackets at the time the boat capsized? 3- why didn't the boat have a device to broadcast it's location in the event of an emergency SOS? 4- the boat was reportedly anchored...30 miles off shore? deep is the water where the boat capsized?

John   March 4th, 2009 6:25 pm ET

I don't know but I get a feeling that there might be more to this story. Why did the mother leave the father and take the child with her? Could she have been running from an abusive situation? What did she tell her parents about her reason for leaving? Is it possible that they fear the boy being returned to the father? I'm not saying I have any firm reason for thinking this but such things have happened before? I think there should be a thorough investigation to make certain the child is not in an abusive situation now or that he may be subjected to one if returned to the father. Just think there are usually two sides to every story and we shouldn't jump to conclusions.

Bette   March 4th, 2009 6:40 pm ET

This story breaks my heart. Dave Goldman was and continues to be an excellent father. Sean deserves to be with his only living biological parent. The fact that it has taken this long for him to even see Sean is a gross injustice. Hopefully the two can be reunited as soon as possible so this father's nightmare can end and together they can begin the healing process.

Casey Thursby   March 4th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

***To the Mother's Family:

What have you told Sean about his father? Have you made it a point to talk bad about him in front of Sean or do you tell them about what a good man he is?

Once Sean is old enough to understand, do you think he will just forgive his mother (even though she has passed) along with her parents and Joao Lins e Silva for causing catastrophic and irreversible damage Sean and his biological father?

***If they are not the Grandparents or Joao Lins e Silva:

What is your view of why and how Bruna left the US with Sean? Do you think that David and Bruna were on good terms and in agreement of Sean living in Brazil?

If you look at this from an ethical standpoint, do you think it is right to abduct a child even if you are a parent, reguardless of purpose, do you think it is right?

If you look at this from an ethical standpoint, do you think that if a parent abducts a child that the child should be returned to their habitual residence for custody to be determined? Do not factor in any other circumstances.


*** To David Goldman

What is your biggest fear concerning Sean?

Brenda Joyce Williams   March 4th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

I'm wondering, how did the mother die? Did she have family here in the states that were concerned about her or her son? Who's making sure this child is being treated with the best of care.

Jackie Greenberg   March 4th, 2009 7:17 pm ET

Questions for Bruna Bianchi's uncle:
Can you tell the audience whether the Bianchi family believes that Bruna committed a crime by taking their son to Brazil in 2004 with no intention of ever returning with Sean? If he believes this was not a case of parental kidnapping, why did the Superior Court of New Jersey hold his niece and her parents in contempt of court for failing to return with Sean?

Marty Pate   March 4th, 2009 7:17 pm ET


My daughter is being held in Brazil under tha same circumstances. I followed the same exact policies, procedures and pre-requsites that are established by the Hague Convention on the Aspects of International Child Abduction to the letter just like David did. Brazil must return every single child as they have no legal right or god given right to make a decison for this child or mine for that matter.

No matter what anybody says, the bottom line is that an international treaty between Brazil and the United States is being violated by Brazil. They are circumventing international law and nobody, including the US Government is holding them accountable. This is not about energy, food or anything else political. It's about a child. This is a human tragedy.

Brenda Joyce Williams   March 4th, 2009 7:20 pm ET

On what grounds is this stepfather keeping this man's son? It reminds me of that commercial years ago about when you face trouble in a foreign country – you're in for the hassle of your life. I know the commercial was about getting busted for drugs. Remember Sally Fields in the movie"Not Without My Child." She was brilliant in this true story. This father's story is all too familiar.

Jackie Greenberg   March 4th, 2009 7:39 pm ET

Another question for Bruna's uncle:
What possible justification is there for keeping Sean from his father for over four years when by all accounts David Goldman is a loving and caring father? Even his niece Bruna said this in the court documents.

Casey Thursby   March 4th, 2009 7:40 pm ET

Who is Gutta? The mysterious woman who keeps writing these letters to people all over the United States? She claims to be Raimundo Ribeiro Filho's sister. What is her first and last name?

Casey Thursby   March 4th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

Do the Bianchi and Lins e Silva families think that they are above the law?

On Dateline, David was scheduled to see his son Sean, but Joao Lins e Silva ran with him so that David could not even see him. This was caught on camera. How do they explain this behavior?

Casey Thursby   March 4th, 2009 8:04 pm ET

What was the name of the lawyer that represented Bruna Bianchi Goldman in the United States, was it Peter Albert McKay?

Sharon Crain   March 4th, 2009 8:07 pm ET

Questions for Luca Bianchi Ribeiro (or other family member or Lins e Silva if LBG is not on the LKL Show with David Goldman):

1. What have you and your family been telling Sean about his father and the U.S. all these years? Have the Bianchi Ribeiros told Sean THEY refused David's phone calls and returned Sean's birthday gifts? David Goldman received the gifts back from Brazil marked "recusado." WHO refused them? How will you explain to Sean the discrepancy between your "story" that David never attempted to see Sean and the physical evidence (court documents, pictures, tapes, etc.) to the contrary?

2. How are the Bianchi Ribeiros and Lins e Silvas "programming" Sean? What to they tell him about David now? Is this why they won't allow David to spend private time with his son?

3. There are photos of the Bianchi Ribeiros volunteering warm affection for David, such as the one where Raimundo's arm is thrown affectionately around David at the beach. Raimundo either truly loved David or he was setting him up...Which was it?

4. Do you seriously believe that NBC "bought" the three friends of Bruna depicted on Dateline?

5. What information have you and your family sought or read about the impact on children of perceived abandonment by a birth parent and its repercussions throughout that child's life.

6. What can you tell us about Paulo Lins e Silva's 2003 publication, O pai – Uma verdadeira māe, the professional paper PLeS wrote about the importance of a child's father in his life.

7. Why is your family afraid to allow David to spend private time with Sean? Why did they send in a 30-year-old "friend" with the psychologist to intrude into David's very private reunion with his son? When can David see Sean again, and when will the man who gave this child life be "allowed" to take his son out for ice cream ALONE??

Alvaro Neto   March 4th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

If this was a local case here in Brazil, the boy would now be with his biological father and not with the lawyer who worked on the mother's divorce case and later married her.

I just don't believe that it will get resolved through politics and the involvement of the US/Brazil government.

Alvaro Neto
Campina Grande – Brazil

Cathy Albert   March 4th, 2009 8:29 pm ET

This child was kidnapped, plain and simple. The child is a United States citizen and should be back in his country with his blood legal father. The step-father has no right to hold this child from his father!
The Brazilian government needs to right and wrong and step up to the plate and give this child back to his father immediately.

johanna grau   March 4th, 2009 8:32 pm ET

Hi, Larry!
My friend, naturalized citizen, had his wife disappear into Mexico, never to see his 2 little girls again. Years later now, many dollars spent on private investigators and she seems to have been disappeared into thin air, Could your guest of tonight help in any way, suggestions, ways to get State dept. involvement etc.
Have watched you for years, and my friend still without any idea, where to look for his children.

Thank you very much for helping.

Teena   March 4th, 2009 8:34 pm ET

I think the Bianchis and the Lins e Silvas should be ashamed of themselves. Every reason they have for keeping Sean from David is assanine. Also to say that David is in it for money is ridiculous because his expenses have far outwayed the money he received from the Bianchis.

Teena   March 4th, 2009 8:35 pm ET

Is Sean aware of David's 4.5 year battle to see his son?

Amazee   March 4th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

David Goldman appears to me to be the most genuine and sincere person even with his broken heart over the kidnapping of his child. I pray that David and Sean Goldman would be together again soon, forever. David Goldman will never give up his fight for the return of his son.

Teena   March 4th, 2009 8:39 pm ET

To Bruna's family

All Sean has to do is google his name to find out the truth. How will you explain that he missed out on 4.5 years with a father he has missed for 4.5 years?

Amazee   March 4th, 2009 8:40 pm ET

Remember that Bruna herself stated that David is a good Father. Of course, now I expect her family to say something ridiculous like she was abused or something absurd like that. My statement to them is.... If something is abusive, u call the police, you don't kidnap! What they have done is kidnapped this little boy. Shameful.

Teena   March 4th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

I heard that Sean doesn't even live with Lins e Silva. How is it that he has custody?

Teena   March 4th, 2009 8:45 pm ET

To John who asked if the father was abusive above. You apparently have not followed the story. David was not abusive, Bruna just wanted to live the life of the rich and famous and instead of getting custody the legal way she kidnapped Sean. David even has recorded phone calls saying he was a wonderful father!

Claudia Campos   March 4th, 2009 8:46 pm ET

To Bruna's family:
I have a very serious question...

Who taught Bruna to be a kidnapper?
I wonder if was her aunt Maria Augusta Carneiro Ribeiro, A.K.A Guta, from MR-8 group, ex-terrorist militant... Maybe she offered her expertise and experience of the kidnapping of the American Ambassador in Rio de Janeiro (1969).

Tracey Bradshaw   March 4th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Court papers are accessible that show that US attorney Peter Albert McKay (a NY attorney) who currently represents Joao Paulo Lins e Silva also represented Bruna.

What does the Lins e Silva family have to say about this??

Sasha Vernaskas   March 4th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

David never even signed divorce papers in the United States, so legally they are still married.

James from TN   March 4th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

He should get the child back but, he'll have to get help on the federal level. I don't know what I'd do if this was my child. It's hard to think of.

Carlos   March 4th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

This Brazilian woman wanted the best of both worlds and lost everything.....KARMA

lifeisgood   March 4th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

I want to help this guy. I wish nothing but ill will to the Brazilian faction. They need to suffer. The nightmare of abandoned dads is fostered by corrupt judges. Women and their PMS just know how to manipulate so much better than men do.

Michelle Smith   March 4th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

OMG!! David Goldman NEEDS his son back! The stepfather has NO right to that child!!
I am heartbroken that the U.S. has apparently done NOTHING to get this man his child back!
What can we do??
I can't stress enough how important this issue is!! David DESERVES his son!

Marlene Gibson   March 4th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I am watching the story now about the 8 year old boy custody,I do not understand why the step father has custody-the biological father should fight everything he has to get that boy to him.He belongs with his father not the step father,i hope these courts will make that discision its only right....

Robert   March 4th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Larry, if the mother left the father how can he be sure the child is actually his son. The mother may have had an affair with someone else and she knew the child wasn't this guys child . Did this guy ever have a DNA Test? Mama's baby, daddy's maybe. Get the facts because you may be fighting for something that's not even yours. If it is your child then the sky the limit. Remember Anna Nicole and Danny Lee..etc

Catherine Zahniel   March 4th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

My heart breaks for Dave Goldman. I also went through an international custody battle int the 1990's with my two sons who were born in Germany. Their father is German and as an American I had no rights in the German courts. I was upset that the Hague Convention is not enforced or honored by these countries. My story was a nightmare with the custody battle going on for six years. I finally obtained custody of my sons and was told by my attorney that I was the first foreigner to do so. I wish you the best of luck and I pray that you will be reunited with your son.

Mikw Swaj   March 4th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

David-Have you followed the Money-meaning does your son's Mothre's family have money and influence

Chris   March 4th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I am a father and can't imagine what David is going through. I wish him the best!! It's great to hear that Clinton is backing up this wonderful cause.

Sandra Prieto   March 4th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

As a Brazilian I feel ashamed! I wish I could help this guy!!!!

Lucious (loo-shus)   March 4th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

This story really upsets me, as a father my heart goes out to Mr. Goldman. But the sad thing is, this sort of thing happens in North America everyday and we need to seriously take a long hard look at the child custody laws because it seems that the laws are unfair and this is a clear indication that things need to change.
I'm happy to see Mrs. Clinton is speaking out about this issue and she should also look at how many fathers in North America go through same situtation on a regular basis back at home.

heather morgan (NJ)   March 4th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

This has gone on too long! Shame on the Brazilian court system and the corrupt people who are detaining this child!

Jackie   March 4th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

This young child is an American citizen, being kept from his only biological parent. How is this allowed??? I definitely feel our government should never have allowed this to happen to these two Americans! The Brazilian step-parent has no rights to this child.

Hillary bring him home to his father!!!!!

Julie   March 4th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I would like to know if there was any abuse going on, as both of her parents were apparently helping her to get away from you. Also do you think modeling is a good enough job to support a son that has been used to being around his maternal grandparents and mother. In the movie, "Sleeping With the Enemy," Julia Roberts' character had to get away from an abusive husband that looked very clean cut as you do. It seems to me that there is more to the situation because why would both maternal grandparents be involved.

alan   March 4th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Honorable President Lula, Until human legal rights are respected Brasil will be considered second class country. Show the world you respect international agreement. Return the boy to his father and reform the legal justice in Brasil.

Sydney   March 4th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

What has happen to this world were a father can not see his own son. This is inhuman for letting this father work so hard to get his son back while letting this stranger take care of his son. That is just right down sickening.

Tanya   March 4th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Everytime I see this story my heart aches for this father. I go through two emotions sadness and ANGER. Mostly ANGER I can't believe that they are keeping this child away from his Father, his only living Parent. How could this man that has him sleep at night I just don't get it, it's so very upsetting. Knowing that this child's father is out there fighting to be with HIS son how, how could the courts allow this. My prayers are with Mr. Goldman and his family and I know that one day him and his son will be reunited it's only right.

obamanights   March 4th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Larry Will you PLEASE refer toTHE BOY as you call him as Davids SON for crying out loud. I,m sure you wouldnt like your son being reffered to as THE BOY in your prescence ! I think you ve become just a little jaded ! COME BACK TO THE REAL WORLD LARRY !

China   March 4th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Hi Larry,
How did David get his international child custody lawyer? I'm going thru a very difficult situation, but keep running into a wall since lawyers prefer not to take international cases.
If anyone has any advise please help.
Thanks in advance.

Debbie from Tinton Falls,New jersey   March 4th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Did your son know that you were going to see you? I knew your wife, she taught my children at SJV and she seem to be very happy. I hope and pray that this will end soon and Sean will be home in New Jersey

bexarcountyshame   March 4th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

The Goldman case is a sad and tragic reflection of how fathers around the world are treated. Those of us that fight and loose each day on issues relating to the rights of fathers look to a day where justice is a concept that is applied to in a fair and child oriented way. The simple fact is that a father, today in Brazil, the U.S. and elsewhere, is a second class citizen.

Alvaro Valenzuela   March 4th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Mr. President Barak Obama, as the most powerful man on earth and leader of the free world, would you please take a strong stand in trying to get Sean Goldman back and the other close to 50 children that have been kidnapped by Brazilians or are in Brazil. What are you doing to bring these never forgotten children home? When are you going to do it? What are treaties for if member countries don't abide, Mr. President?

Mike   March 4th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

For Bruna's family: First, I want to express condolences for the loss of Bruna. Given all that Sean has experienced in the last months and years – thinking he had lost a father, and then losing his mother, do you feel any regret that you have kept David away from his son to Brazil? What would you do differently today if you had a chance?

Chico Gravina   March 4th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Larry, I'm Brazilian, and I can't agreed more the this kids should return to his father. I hope Secretary of States Hillary Clinton, can force the Brazil Goverment to have this kids back to United States.
The Father see to be a fine man. This is his son, and he do have the right.   March 4th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Our government needs to take action immediately. This is an atrocity. Sran needs to be returned immediately.

lifeisgood   March 4th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

These animals need to lose their own flesh and blood. I bet the child is being abused by the monster down there, the kidnapper.

Sasha Vernaskas   March 4th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Helvecio has NO clue of what the heck he is talking about. What product is he talking about?!?!?!? He has no solid reason!

CHILD SUPPORT>!> Its his son, no UNITED STATES papers were signed to give Bruna, Seans custody, they are STILL MARRIED IN THE UNITED STATES!!!

William DeVito   March 4th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

The young boy is an American Citizen. If he were one of our military personnel, we would no doubt do what ever is necessary, including brute force to reclaim our soldier. This boy is no different. It makes me want to quit my job and be a part of his recovery efforts. American companies operating in Brazil should pressure the Brazilian Government and impose heavy commodity and financial sanctions. The boy will be reunited with his dad, when we close in on their economy.

Thank you

Kim Gordon   March 4th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Hello. I am very sorry about all of this. David is terribly patient. I am horrified about this. But I cannot help but ask:

How are we certain that she actually did die?


James from TN   March 4th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Excuse me sir but, it was not his choice to take the child to Mexico. How can you say he should stay with his stepfather?

Mary   March 4th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Why would CNN allow this brother of the mother on tv? It's insane! The biological parent is alive and the child was kidnapped from him. He gets his child back, period. I can't believe Larry King would allow anyone to come on the air to defend a kidnapper!! Shame on you Larry.   March 4th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

This relative of Bruna's is an absolute liar. Sean was taken to Brazil by Bruna under the pretense that David would join them in Brazil and then return to USA. Bruna set up David.

Marie from Washington, D.C.   March 4th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

It would be important for the audience to understand what happened in the immediate time right after Sean was taken to Brazil and the mother announced she was keeping Sean away from his father in Brazil. That time would help the audience understand the real story here.

Safiyah   March 4th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I think the child should be with his biological father, it is the best thing to do> thanks to Sec. of state Hillary Clinton for the help she has offered to mr goldman. its appears withuot doubt that me goldman loves his son dearly and spent alot of bonding tine with the child also has travelled so many time to see him – i can never bear the thought of being away from any of my own children – mr goldman must be really broken hearted – my thoughts and prayers go out to him.

David C. Rankin   March 4th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

#1 – Do you honestly believe that the father put his signature on the travel authorization "knowing" that the wife was going to take the child out of the country for good.

Vilma Foote   March 4th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Irregardless of what the maternal family believes, the child belongs with his biological father if it is proven that he is a sound individual.

rose   March 4th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

As a mom, I can't believe how selfish that woman (deceased or not) was to put her son and her ex-husband through that turmoil. She knew full well what she was doing when she brought the son to Brazil and what would follow with this custody battle. I don't understand parents who could do that to their children. And for the in-laws to defend her choice to do that, shame on them.

allison   March 4th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Unless the father abused the child in any way he should have every legal right to take his child back with him.

Anita McCoy   March 4th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I have been following this story for a while now.....David, we all know that Bruna's uncle is talking a bunch of crap....its nonsence. You need your son back and we are all behind you.   March 4th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

It is obvious that this man Ribero is a disgrace. He is now showing the world the true colors of Bruna and her family

Sasha Vernaskas   March 4th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Thank you Larry for using my comment. Child Support for kidnappers is the LAW?!?!?!? Are you freaking kidding me??? Since when? So if my child was kidnapped I should pay the kidnapper... I THINK THAT IS RANSOM MONEY MISTER!

Nate   March 4th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Is the last name of the mother related to the Bianchi bicycle maker?

Ben   March 4th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I was accuses of sexual abuse in 1998, it took me four years to get my kids back.

Chris, New glasgow Nova Scotia   March 4th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I can"t believe that this man Helchivicio Has the nerve to say anything about this Father! Give the man his Son back ! Maybe a good boycott of BrazilI is in order. Again, Give him his son and that is that !!!!! I asm so angry at this Ribeiro Person.

Kim   March 4th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

This situation is almost unbearable to watch. It is heartbreaking, incomprehensible that another father would be capable of trying to keep Sean separated from his real father.

It is clear beyond any shadow of a doubt that David is not only a suitable father but could even be described as "ideal".

This man who represents the Brazilian family is Lieing through his teeth. These people will stop at nothing! They have the power that only the rich have in Brazil and are able to use the law to twist results to their own advantage. They are corrupt and seeing this man distort the facts in order to keep a child from his father...just unbearable!

Priorities and values of the family member in Brazil is warped.

john forsyth   March 4th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

David is one if my best friends and it pains me to here this man say david has been trying for six months to get his son.From day one david has been trying so hard.He didn't travel for fear of bodyly harm.

Mandel   March 4th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

larry I am in a custody battle at this moment. My wife says she will never acknowledge the court order of custody to allow me to see my son and has indicated she will leave with my son without my permission against the courts. I pay 500 bucks a month Child support and my child is almost 2 rs old. Woman do plan these things.

Nate   March 4th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Sorry, meant the father...

Nelson   March 4th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I have a son in Germany, I had been a good father to my son for 11 years and visited him during that time. The mother trick me 3 years ago with another child she had with another man and had me sign a paternity letter on that other child. I had been fighting in court here and in germany for 3 years. Now the mother is making sure that I can not fly my son to the USA and is giving every excuse she can so I wont see my real son. I am still fighting in court today to stop the illegal paternity of the other child. So far the German court favor on her side in giving the ok of the illegal paternity of the other child. I dont know what to do and I really need help...

David C. Rankin   March 4th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

After handling at least 100 custody cases, nobody's hands are 100% clean. But this "brother" of the Brazilian husband is blowing smoke up your skirt. Wiggle and dance is all he is doing. Sad to see somebody lie on National TV.

Robert Lindsay   March 4th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I am disgusted at the Brazilian government for allowing this to happen. A child belongs with the biological parent. I am a single father, I fought for my daughter and was awarded sole custody of her. My daughter is 7 years old and I have been raising her by myself since she was 6 months old. Neither me or my daughter have seen her mother in almost 7 years old.
The United States government should step in and step in now. Get the boy back to his father. It is absolutly ridiculous that he is still there.

Robin Cervantes   March 4th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

The audacity of Bruna's brother to try to defend the selfishness of his family. If David's motivation was financial, what has he gained over the past 5 years? Only frustration and heartache. Your argument is baseless- Talk about child support all you want- your family has stolen 5 years of this child's life with his true father- Shame on you!

Gerry   March 4th, 2009 9:30 pm ET


My ex-wife kidnapped my kids 12 years ago and I did have contact for the first 8, but have not seen them for the last 4 years.

Now they're grown up adults, but we are estranged.

So I can totally relate to Mr. Goldman.

It's a living hell to go through!


Lowell   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Mr. Goldman no questions asked should have his kid. What this guy representing the ex-wife doesn't have a clue. She went for a 2 week vacation to brazil and doesn't come back. Therefore doesn't need to pay any child support and for Mr. Riberio to say such is ludicrous and is not a smart guy and lacks common sense.

Michael Donovan   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

The comments by the Uncle of the child were absolutely disgusting. Yes the father gave the authorization for travel, however the key word is TRAVEL to Brazil, not kidnapping. Had he known she was not going to be coming back, he would have never signed that form. It doesn't matter when he started the campaign with interviews, the fact of the matter is he started from the beginning in US and Brazil courts to get him back. When that wasn't working was when he started with the interviews. The child support claim is absurd. This guy is absolutely disgusting. I would like to know how I as well as others can support this father get his child back in any possible way.

Eleanor   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

This is crazy!!!! This boy belongs with his natural father!!!
How could he pay support when he is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to courts and lawyers to get the right back to his own son
It was domestic abduction plain and simple
Best of luck to David with his son

Molly   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

This is a no brainer the kid shodul be with his father. If his smother is dead it only makes sense for the boty to be returned to his biological father. The child is a US citizen....Brazillian laws have no bearing witrh this child this is absolutely ridiculous to have this is long drawn out issue with Bianchi family. If the tables where turned how would these Brazilians feel?

Ron   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

the Brazilian government MUST step in and return the little boy – Immediately. Sec of State Clinton should demand release of the boy and if they don't our Government should put immediate sanctions on Brazil.

Alberto Gomes   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I am from Brazil and I want to say to Mr. Goldman that I will be praying for him, Because he is a father who is being kept from his right.

Tanya   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

How could he pay child support for a child that he's fighting relentlessly to gain custody of. All his efforts cost money. His website, the trips back and forth to brazil. If this man is worried about child support for a child that is not his return him to his FATHER.

Jane   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

His ex-wife obviously left for Brazil knowing she'd divorce and never return the son. I think the ex-brother-in-law is saying that if Goldman handed over child support then it would show commitment but i think that's actually extortion. He pays and maybe he can see the child. Also, he didn't go to brazil to see the child. Why wasn't the child sent to the US to see their father. Hillary needs to stand up for him.

hassan   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Hello..a father is a father.. there is nothing called biological father and a loving father.. you shoudn't pay money to see your kids..these are two separate issues.. afterall it is his legal and moral rights.. give me a break.

Chris Nadler   March 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Is Mr. Ribeiro saying that Mr. Goldman NEVER attempted to regain custody of his son Sean until AFTER his wife died in August? From everything I've read, his legal battle began long before that. Please ask Mr. Ribeiro if he knows WHEN Mr. Goldman began his efforts to regain custody of his son. And please ask Mr. Ribeiro if Sean's step-father's own father has ever sat on a committee involved with the Hague Treaty.

jean   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET


Bill McGladdery   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Sean Goldman is an American citizen. I applaud Secretary Clinton for getting involved in this case.

Debbie Hellman   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Brazilian law states that David should pay child support because it is the law in it the law in Brazil that children can be legally kidnapped from their biological parent?

Anita McCoy   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE??? What is wrong with Bruna's Uncle? David has the right to his son!!! Get that dumb guy off the TV!

john forsyth   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

David is the best dad I know.I want to punch this guys head off.

Brittney   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

This has to be one of the most horrific things I have heard in a long while. Shame on any court who tries to step in and play God in a situation like this. That child belongs with his biological father.....end of discussion. WHAT mother would do this to their child? HORRIBLE HORRIBLE!!!!!
Kudos Kudos to Mrs. Clinton for stepping in and helping this poor man get his son back!!!!!!

James Norris   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

This is an outrageous misjustice by the Brazilian legal system tha their government should correct immediately! Ou government should do everything in their power to force this known for terrible acts like letting children be killed on the streets of Rio. (documented thorougly) State Department get it in gear!

GA Peach   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

NFL family:

Have the family of the missing men considered asking the one rescued to take a lie detective test? Have they considered a private investigator?

Also, I don't know everything about the case about the missing boy: But, if the mother isdead and the father has been just searching for hisboy (and that's it), then he should get his boy, right?

Maurice   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am disgusted in this man. That lady took this mans child without his permission. He should not pay child support and this should not be an issue. His child was kidnapped and Mr. Ribeiro treats him as if he is a deadbeat dad who is being punished. It's not right and its not fair. That lady had no right to take that man's son without his permission

Jim Robillard   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

After looking at the happy pictures with his son, it's hard to believe that Mr. Goldman is not a good father.

Gena G   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Mr. Ribeiro does not know what he is talking about. The next chain in the link to the boy's well being is David Goldman, not the stepfather. The stepfather has no right to Sean, whether he was married to Bruna or not; hopefully he did not legally adopt him. Mr. Goldman did not have to rush to Brazil to get Sean when Bruna was alive because he was probably shocked at what Bruna was doing and did not expect her to die. God punished her for doing what she did. Now the Brazilian government should step up to the plate and return Sean to his real father. It is the right and moral thing to do.

John M   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Take a look at the pictures of the dad with Sean and tell me he does not love his son. The child support argument sounds like extortion.

Jim Fraley   March 4th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Child support does not sow how much you love your kid! The Bio father travels down there 8 times since the child was wrongly taken and the Step Father attorneys says he did not pay child support?

Michele Meigs   March 4th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Dear Larry King,
Synthesize with the family from Rio, and for the bond and attachment they have built with the child. However a biological father has a right to help raise his biological child. Unfortunately our laws, in this case do not support this particular custody battle, but they should be more so aware that raising a child is not easy and the burden of raising that child should be placed with the biological parent(s). Why are we, as Americans, allowing different countries dictate the upbringing of a child born in the United States? As Americans we need to stand up and speak out for our laws and our rights as a Country.

Christian von Glasow   March 4th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Yes, I have been involved in a child custody case unfortunately twice and in both times between the US and Switzerland.

In fact the first time the divorce made legal history between the US and Switzerland and in was around the Hague Convention. The case is called von Glasow versus von Glasow

If David needs any advice he can contact me via my email or via SKYPE: christian.von.glasow

In both cases I had great difficulty getting the Swiss courts to give up jurisdiction but they did and the case came back to the USA.

Respectfully, Christian

bexarcountyshame   March 4th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Ribeiro is using the same type of cheap hype to trash a dad that sleazy lawyers in the United States use. Whether Goldman has paid child support to kidnappers or not is nothing more than a diversion. The truth is that Goldman is a dad trying to seek a life with his son. Goldman's quest has resulted, thus far, in an attack on his character, a drain of his funds, and no success in reuniting with his precious boy.

David in Oklahoma   March 4th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Helvecio is an extortionist. Where was he six months ago when his sister-in-law died? This is a pathetic run for money....

luis mendez   March 4th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I remember that In November 1999, Elián, his mother, and twelve others left Cuba on a small aluminum boat with a faulty engine; Elián's mother and ten others died in the crossing. Elián and the other two survivors floated at sea on an inner tube until they were rescued by two fishermen who turned him over to the U.S. Coast Guard, and a month later Elian had to be returned back to Cuba to his biological farther again even though he lived with blood relatives in Florida.

ELIZABETH   March 4th, 2009 9:33 pm ET


Mike   March 4th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

The courts do not care about the children. In a custody dispute, the one with the money will prevail. It's a shame.

Shan, Campbell River, B.C.   March 4th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

These people in Brazil are arrogant fiends. This father must have his son back. They are liars and bullies and this child should not be in their care, and I have to wonder if the little boy's half sister should be with that family also. The dripping arrogance of the Seattle relative is infuriating and he makes no case to justify what is blatant child abduction. When they complain no child support has been paid, don't they mean ransom??? Shame on them. I hope karma keeps working for these wicked people.

Alyson Dennis   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Dear Larry King, I have watched all the documents made about the Goldman Story. Bruna's Uncle is clearly lying to the people of the U.S. and has no idea what he is talking about. This is an international kidnapping case that MUST be fixed! David has his facts straight and did not create this story to get money from anybody.. I am so glad that Hilary Clinton is stepping in! I think she is going to make this heart breaking situation a thing of Davids past, and I am hoping sooner than later!

jim romas   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

This is outrageous! Who is she to decide where and how the child is brought up. Both parents should agree upon that. The divorce law should be change. Sean should be with his biological father becuase he was taken away without his permission.

Aaegie, Toronto, Canada   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

To the Brazilian family spokesman, bring sean back to America, cause he is an American both by birth and parentage period.

Ray Bailley   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Thought you might enjoy metaphorically the comparison of TV's Hogan's Heroes with present day silly politics; to wit:

Col. Klink(Michael Steele)
Sgt. Schultz(Rush Limbaugh)


Charles, Oxnard, CA   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I can't even believe this is happening Larry...(1) Why was the child taken to Brazil knowing the child will not be returned. (2) He is the biological father and the child is a U.S. citizen. (3) Why should Mr. Goldman go to Brazil, a different country with different law. (4) I don't think he should pay any child support when the child lives in a foreign country. (5) No court order from any U.S. court for him to pay child support.

And finally, Mr. Helvecio doesn't know what he is talking about because he was more concerned about Mr. Goldman sending money to Brazil..."sounds like a scam"

Sandy Olson   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

On the issue of child support, please tell Mr. Riberio that a parent does not typically pay child support to his child's kidnapper .

Tom   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET


In which country was the child born? If the child was Born in Brazil then the Brazilian courts rule. Sorry Mr Goldman u loose. If the child was born in the US then u win and SEC CLINTON should do all the US Can to get your child back.


sunrose   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

As a staunch advocate for full payment of child support, I have to say that Helvecio disingenuously promotes a false argument. Mr. Goldman is the biological father and should have his son returned to him immediately. The wife waited until she was in Brazil to even mention divorce. Dirty pool on her part. Shame on the Brazilian courts.

beth   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

This is CRAZY Helvectio is stating that David has not paid child support. THEY WERE NEVER DIVORCED. SHe kidnapped this child.

David was fighting for custody and to see his child LONG before his wife died.

I cannot believe that this CHILD is not back in the arms of his REAL father STAT. This is outrageous something more has to be done than having Hilary say David had done all the right things. She broke the law. The child needs to be returned ASAP. The spokesman for the Family was a complete JOKE.

Braheem Ackmadia   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The law was broken! This Brazilian Talking head is arguing that the American didn't display that he cares about his child. The sheer fact that the man has been engaged so long in his child's return debunks that assertion.

Time to just go down to Brazil and take him by force! The Law is on the side of the American, therefore a crew of American Men Armed to the Teeth should just go in there and get that boy.

Those Brizilians can not be allowed to keep this man away from his son one more second.

Rebecca Emerson   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Has anyone asked the child what he wants? His voice should be a valid part of the discussion. It need not be the final factor in the desicsion but this is all about him and he derves some say in it.

Mike Brunsman   March 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET


As a father who was involved in a brutal custody battle with my ex-wife for over 8 years, I can tell you that what is being done to Mr. Goldman is totally wrong. For crying out loud, the man is the biological father of Sean. No matter what anyone in Brazil has to say or feel about his ability or qualifications as a father, Mr. Goldman has the absolute right to father his son. Those in Brazil who are interfering with his right to do so need to get out of the way, or be moved to do so by the government there. I applaud Hillary Clinton's effort to make this happen.

Raj Khanna   March 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

13 years ago I was mired with my x to bring back my son from India when she left him in India she visited on the pretext that she was going on vacation. It took 18 months to bring him back to the US. Now after 13 years she wants to settle back in India with my two boys on the pretext of education, family support and my battle to keep them here continues.

I thank the somerset county court (NJ) in assisting me to foster my relationship with my boys all these years and I sincerely hope the new Judge in Mercer county is listening to your program today to give him an idea that there are some women who will use the system to their advantage.

I feel for David and completely understand what he is going through. My best wishes to him and I sincerely hope he gets Sean back soon.

Greg Fischer   March 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Contact phone - 631-727-9637

I am working on new law in New York to prevent child abduction. I an my children are victims. I am a Left Behind Parent.

I have respectfully requested that this proposed change to NYS law be intorduced as “Clark & Anna’s Law” after Clark Allen F. (Age 37months) and Anna Lee F. (Age 8 months) who were abducted from New York to Wyoming the day before there father, a known social issues advocate,was to participate as a local candidate in a primary election (September 2007). The couple had lived in Suffolk County for over four years and the children were born there. The mother was suffering from “post-partum depression with intrusive thoughts (telling her to kill the children)” (among other mental disorders). The children were abducted to the mother’s birth state of Wyoming, after an acident injuring the father with the family car, a suprise flight from New Jersey, abandoning that same car in an unknown New Jersey location, and thereafter landing in Utah for a final drive toWyoming. With the help of the family lawyer (who was also a local judge/magistrate in a rural area) family court papers were filed in Wyoming asserting that the mother was NEVER a New York resident; reply papers in a subsequent New York filing also denied the mother’s New York residence. Local authorities did not respond to the abduction because the concealment and flight lacked an “intent” not to return to New York. The event caused the New York courts to be confused. The father has been criminalized in Wyoming when whe was not even within it’s jurisdiction; Wyoming arrest warrents were issued to keep the father out of the state. Local police in Wyoming refuse to even take the father’s “safety check” calls about the children. The abduction continues to date. There is NO Federal Law to prevent or deter child abduction.

Barbara J. Johnson   March 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

What's with this guy? Child Support? Ha! Sounds like a ransom to me! I sure hope Hillary can help Mr. Goldman. This is an absolute travesty!

Anita McCoy   March 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

The United States should boycott Brazil. I want to smack that guy that was just talking.

George Kaloroumakis   March 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Bottom line- Sean Goldman is an American citizen being held by a foreign country against the will of his parent. Our goverment must demand his immediate return or place sanctions against Brazil and use whatever action/force is necessary. This has gone on way too long. My prayers are with this family.

j hallman   March 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

That guy is crazy get him off the air,He is missing the whole point that child has a blood line father who should get him where are our laws come on United States goverment help him get his child back.

Kathryn   March 4th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Larry -I am outraged at how Brunas uncle is trying to spin this tragedy in their way
a few points –
**she kidnapped their son
**of course david signed papers for bruna and sean to visit her homeland for a vacation – like we all do in order to visit another country
* Her parents knew exactly what she was doing and assited her
**they cut off all communications with david once he would not meet their demands
**look at the videos – he loves his son – it comes through in flying colors
**he is the father
**you are a father – how would you feel if your son(children) were taken from your wife for you never to see them again
help this man for gods sake

Larry Auker   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I have a like situation with the Canadian government. MY US born child was allowed to be taken to Canada to live with his mother by the King County family court. I was given shared custody before she was allowed to remove him from the US and she has never complied with any of the court orders and they have been un enforceable. My son is now sixteen years of age and I am still trying to establish a relationship with him. He is not evening living in her household and yet she was awarded all childsupport from Social Security and 40% of my disabilty is sent to Canada. I have been cheated out of my right to be his father. 253-249-4253

James P.   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I feel Mr. Goldman's pain

As a American living aboard for 13 years. I initiated a divorce proceeding in 2004 against my wife and Courts of Beaumont Texas awarded her custody and me standard visitation but would not allow my kids to travel to South Africa where I've resided for the past 13 years. What justice is this and is this for the betterment of the kids?

There is something wrong with the rights of Fathers in our Judicial system.

David   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

It is not often, if ever, I am so stirred by a story that prompts me to write in a "blog". The son belongs to his biological father. Period. What the guest representing the family in Brazil is saying is patently absurd!! The father is supposed to pay child support to someone who kidnapped him? Again, absurd. I hope Mrs Clinton will do everything in her power to help bring the son home to the USA and his father.

Aviva   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Why is it taking so long for our government to get involved and do you think Hillary Cllinton will be able to do anything.

Robert Lindsay   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Soem =one needs to help David to get his sone back. As a single father that has sloe custody of my daughter I feel for David. His ex wifes family has no right and his sons "step father" certainly has no right.

Cynthia   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Bring our Jersey Boy home!

David's son deserves and NEEDS to be with his real father and grown up in his country of birth. Listening to Helvecis Ribeiro makes me pray that David's son is returned tomorrow to Newark Liberty Airport into the arms of his father.

Cynthia from Jersey

Tom Sylvester   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Please call me. I have experienced international child abduction. My case is VERY SIMILAR TO this one. Brazil has signed an the International treaty The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Brazil has violated its obligations under this international treaty. I am still involved with Austria after 12 years!

Tom Sylvester,
Father of Carina Sylvester (American born citizen)
Abducted from the U.S. to Austria on October 30, 1995. That was her last day on American soil. She was then just 13 months old. She is now 14 years old and remains in Austria. I won my Hague Convention case thru the Austrian Supreme Court! Austria has no effective mechanism to enforce its civil court orders. I also WON 2 CASES AGAINST AUSTRIA IN THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS.... ECHR unanimosly decided Austria violated my daughter's and my right to respect for family life.

shane   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

is it true about us courts ruling in the fathers favor , is there evidence to back this up,
If their courts do not honor us rulings ,
is evident that the father will eventually get custody of his child , it would be easier on the child to conceed this now
what ever the faults of the real biological father , had or has he has the right to have a change in mind especially if the mother is not around , if she wanted to insure he woudnt she should have have taken better care of herself , it sound makes more since to myself that he may have have cheated and to bet back at him she ran off with the child , atleast thats what one women form my child s class tried to do the her husband , needless to say he has full custody of the child now

Hank Skotarczyk   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Mr Helvecio Ribeiro belongs in jail NOW. Lock him up, and don't let the rat out of the USA.

Hilary Clinton needs to get up off her butt, and IMMEDIATELY arrange
to bring Sean back to dad. Would she act differently if a mom would be making this plea?

Stop the CHILD ABUSE through Parental Alienation, by INCARCERATING those who kidnap and Alienate children from a loving parent.
Hank Skotarczyk
Montreal Canada

Richard   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Good for Hilary get the kid back to his dad. The kidnapper got her carma ! Send the sleepless in seattle guy back to Brazil . He got real personal .

Jim Fraley   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

That is HIS child and he should, without hesitation go there and bring him home. I am appauld by the Brazialian Government in the way they have handled this. I hope that the U.S. see's what has happening to a U.S. citizen (David) being kidnapped.

Kate   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

on the issue of child support. When someone kidnaps your child then asks for money it's not called child support. It's called a ransom. I am pretty sure that is not legal... Good Luck Sean

Ckelly   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

This is a sad case of a mother using a child to have her own needs met...a huge manipulation of the child and the law!!! The child has lost precious time with his father-how dare the step father , keep this charade going @ the expense of the child and his fathr. If you kidnap a child you forfeit your rightsto child support....the little boy had all the money from his mother/grandparents and the rich lawyer step father the child support payment is a bogus argument..would you give money to any kiddnapper- only if you can desparately get your child back. Its extortion!!!

Liz Maldonado   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

My husband could not see his son for nine years, because his ex-wife, the mother, had a new husband who was rich, got a lawyer who knew people in the court , and was a Judge Pro Tem in the same courthouse, and even though eventually his son came to live with him when he was thirteen, the system kept CHARGING him child support, and even though they went to court again in 2005, support still kept being charged. She had an arrest warrant out from INS, and there are pictures of child abuse and adult abuse, and she lied under oath, only to mention a FEW things. There is SO MUCH MORE involved, with illegal activites on HER side, BUT NO ONE WANTS TO LISTEN TO ME OR HIM! I cannot see my husband since he cannot get a passport due to this illegal who came to the USA, as I live in South America where my work is, and my family is. This woman had four children by three different fathers, paid off an agency in her country to leave for U.S., committed perjury under oath in a couple court cases, including his divorce-custody case and Immigration case. YET she is now a citizen (she got angry because he pulled his petition when he found she married him for a green card and not for love), and has a U.S. passport, but he cannot access one! Why is it this country of the U.S. does absolutely NOTHING to really help men, but cater to other countries and woman and illegals????????

Connie Gordulic   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

My heart goes out to David Goldman. I don't think it's fair that he can't be with his son. It's easy to say that David Goldman isn't a good father but doesn't it take proof to show otherwise? From what I have seen on the show he seems like such a loving father who just wants his son back so they can resume a life as a normal family. It's not fair of the step-father to take away the rights of a father and son. I will pray that David Goldman and his son will be together again soon. Best of luck David.
Connie Gordulic Edmonton Alberta, Canada

Reem   March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

You have got to be kidding me, first of all the child is American
Not brazilin. Secondly He don’t have to pay child support for a child
That was taken a way from him. He sends his child for vacation with his mom,
Not know what his evil wife is cooking for him in Brazil. The bottom line is the child
Belong to his father not to his stapes father. By the way they been married in state divorce have to in state as well

Nevena   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

From all that I have heard from both sides, it seems to me that some serious corruption in Brazilian Government is going on. If the wife's family has the money to sponsor attorneys in US, Brazil and have 150,000 $ to pay as a bribe, then all I can say is that there is a deal between the kid's family and Brazilian Gov. And This all looks planned to perfection by the wife's family...

Joyce   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Kidnapping is what Bruns did to this child. She took the child out of the country under false pretenses! Mr. Ribeiro please stop speaking such nonsense like why didn't David Goldman pay child support. Please Mr. King get him off the air.

Chris Dennis   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET


Thanks for putting on the Brazilian Spokesman. He makes Mr. Goldman's case for him. I am incredulous listening to the spokesman's ridiculous allegations. Nothing, repeat nothing, he said is logical, supported or compelling to justify this little boys abduction.

Thank you Mr. Spokesman for underestimating the American Public and exposing the cronyism heretofore surrounding this case in the Brazilian legal system.

Tonight's show is a public service to all parents around the world. I pray that finally justice is served and this poor family is reunited.

Chris Dennis

Jim Robillard   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

It's hard to fake all the happy photos of Mr. Goldman and his son. It certainly looks like he is a good father and deserves to get his son returned to him.

Cregg Church   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

It's not just international. My situation is exactly like what I am hearing. I have been fighting my late wife's family for almost 3 years to regain custody of my son. He was given over to them right after my ex-wife's death – before I was even notified – and taken out of state. It's amazing that this sort of thing is allowed – even under our noses in the United States.

Jan - Santa Fe, NM   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I'd like to see the BACK of that $150K check supposedly from the Brazilian family TO David Goldman. I could write out a check for a million dollars to someone and then photograph it and say I gave them this check. Unless it has all the cancellation info on the back, it's not even worth the paper it's written on.

Marsha   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

According to the American law this is abduction of an American citizen. I am a non American and during the worst times in my marriage i thought of leaving with the children but after some inquiring I was told that if I would leave with the children it would be called kidnapping and they would be brought back to the states in no time. The US has an agreement with the country I am from. What about Brazil. For that matter my husband and I worked very hard to make it all work, which I would recommend a lot of other parents.

Jen Newton   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I am apalled at Helvecio Riberio's pathetic attempt to defend this mother's actions. Questioning Mr. Goldman's motives for wanting his child back is not only ridiculous, but a desperate attempt to distract the public from the truth of the matter. This man's son was kidnapped, plain & simple. Mr. Riberio has some nerve to even be TRYING to defend or justify that mother's actions. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Mr. Goldman.

Melvin Evans   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I fail to see what the woman's family and friends think about Mr. Goldman has to do with anything. Until a court of law proves he is unfit, they they are all breaking the law, and the Brazilian government is overstepping their legal authority and breaking international laws.

The wife broke the law. Plain and simple.

Mike Leto   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Hey Larry,

It sounds the step father, maybe knows to many people since he is a lawyer in his country. This would make things a little harder for the father, he could be paying the government and judges off.

Staten Island, NY

jeff leit   March 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

After seeing the story about david Goldman on dateline a couple months ago, I have always been rooting for him. He did nothing to deserve this. Bruna, her family, new husband the Brazilian government and this guy helvechio are all evil.

No father deserves to go through went david went through, especially because he seemed to have been such a loving and committed father

Antonio   March 4th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

What the guy from brazil just said is totally wrong.

Rick   March 4th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

My Israeli Arab Muslim Wife has Taken my two Boys to Israel 6 Years Ago and she Never Returned. I filed for divorce, in Israel, 3 years later, received Joint Custody but Israel never gave me a divorce. During my last visit, however, for the 3rd hearing regarding my divorce, my ex-wife had a judge sign a Court Order to HOLD me in Israel. No reason was ever given to me, by the Court, for holding me in the country, and they simply denied my two appeals to allow me to leave and go back to work. Even proof of never missing support payments enough to let me leave and I was told I also could not work in Israel. I had not choice, but to leave illegally. Since August 2006, when I left, I have had little phone access to my kids and am told by her lawyers, in writing, that I will not have access unless I transfer a large sum of money to her account.

In June 2008, Israel also Arrested 2 U.S. Embassy Officials who were helping me gain access to my children under the Hague Convention. After this happened, the US State Dept. & US Embassy told me they will no longer help me. The Final Written Report does not reflect the arrests and they have told me verbally not to ask anymore as it is not pertinent to my case. This is wrong since I helped them get out of jail by sending legal custody documents to the police station.

I haven't seen my children in almost 3 years.


Debora Fortunato   March 4th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

As a brazilian citizen, I can tell you that the authorization to travel mentioned by Mr. Helvecio is to travel within the country and to "Return tu the US". You can find it in the Consulate site Brazilian women unfortunately can be very unreasonable when they want to "punish" the husband. He was not given a chance to spend time vwith the child, and his excuse that he is close to the stepfather is totally invalid. The child should know the whole story.

Elizabeth Eads   March 4th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I am blown away that the guest just interviewed was anywhere near this case. He made no sense and the father of the boy need not prove himself fit there are no accusatons out there that mention child abuse, spouse abuse or the like. I am shocked the guest says he should prove he cares by sending child support. What this is craziness. This was not a divorce this was a women leaving on a "vacation" taking the child and never coming back. I am shocked this kind of custody battle can even go on as it has.

Mark Piland   March 4th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I've been a lawyer 20 years and I'm shocked at how this could happen. Thanks Larry for getting the word out. Let's all call our congressman and press this matter. It's the right thing to do. Let's make it happen together. This cannot stand.

Kyle   March 4th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry I am A 19 yr man with a 2 month old son. the mother wont allow me to see him. i live 15 min away. I have been providing support to her and him since his birth but last weekend and since have been denied access to my son by his mother and her parents. All i want to is to be with my son and be the only father in his life. Men as well as women have a responsibility to be with their children and no one should deny them this.

JoAnne Orlowski   March 4th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

This Bruni rep. speaks of Ron G. as being "un-fit." What records in the U.S. legal system are on file of his neglect/abuse on either the child or the wife prior to her vacation to Brazil?

Andrea   March 4th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I'm from Brazil. This is very embarrassment for the Brazilian government.Excuse me!! How could he give support when he can not see the child. Hello this child was kidnap.Also the Brazilian authorization for traveling is required to travel to Brazil.It only says you can travel to Brazil.It does not mean you can live in Brazil.Everyone that travel to Brazil with a child need to have this authorization. The mother is dead this child need to be with his father that love him.I'm very proud of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to get involve.
The Brazilian government have no excuse. Sorry I don't get the other side of the story this is incredible ridiculous.

Lisa   March 4th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Outrageous. This family spokesperson actually cited the father's travel authorization for a family trip as a defense? This is disgusting and something needs to be done to reunite this father with his son.

Vidushi   March 4th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

i think that the spokesperson for the family in brazil is totally off. What has Goldman done that makes his so-called "morals" bad. And he shouldn't have to pay child support if his son has been scammed away from him. As for the mother... what kind of woman say " oh i am going on vacation and by the way i am divorcing you , keeping our kid, and marring someone else without you signing the divorce papers'... In my book, that is what i call "BAD MORALS" .
This is nothing short of an awful, disgusting crime, and they should get the worst possible punishment possible.


Kim R.   March 4th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Why does David Goldman have to make the trip to Brazil each time he wants to see his son? Why can't the Bianchi family bring the boy to visit David in the U.S., is there a fear that the right thing might unravel and that David's son will be returned to him?
Also, it's pretty much undeniable that Bruna's actions were pre-meditated, which should count in David's favor.

I'm sick to my stomach for David and his son.

Jamie   March 4th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

It doesn't make sense that the mother would go to Brazil to get a divorce, when I assume they were married in the US. That just seems fishy. People should recall Elian Gonzales and that he was taken from his mother's family and given to his father.

The brother, Helvecio doesn't make sense, asking for child support under Brazilian law and making negative ambiguous statements about the father. He said that the father filled out the paperwork for Shawn to VISIT Brazil, I don't think that he imagined that Bruna would divorce him and keep his son there. Under US law, they are still married. I'm thankful that they are getting the UN Hague convention and the Secretary of State involved.

Rick Myers   March 4th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Patricia Apy also helped me in my case. She is talking now.

patricia Brady   March 4th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I am Brazilian,they are very corrupt, have money involve from new dad + ATTORNEY a fink Brazilian law is hong miss lade,y also have MILLIONS of problems in corrupting,Brazil IS AAA problem...corrupting... corrupting... corrupting ...corrupting ...
Patricia Brady

angie   March 4th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I think the spokesperson you just had for Bruna and her husband made some very strong remarks about Mr. Goldman. He has know idea what it is like to loose a child to a stranger. I thought the law was that if anything happens to one of the other biological parent that the other one got custody. Ask the gentlment that was the spokesman for the family what would he do if the shoe was on the other foot? I feel that Mr. Goldman is getting a very unjust chance.

James from TN   March 4th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

The mother was an idiot. He shouldn't have to pay child support, even though I would just so my child had what he needed and so that the step father can not say, well he hasn't support this child.

pamela goetsch   March 4th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Talk about nightmare. I've lost custody of my kids because my ex (a cop in orange county ca) had my current husband arrested on a bogus assault with a deadly weapon charge to go in to court the next day ex parte to have our kids removed from my home because my home was obviously a danger to our kids. The charges found to be bogus and he was not even arraigned. But I haven't been able to speak ot my kids in nearly a year. I have paid nearly $75K in attorney fees to idiot california attorneys and one attty forgot to subpoena witnesses for our main hearing, one forgot to show up or return my calls for the ex parte hearing...long list....I missed our last court date because i was giving birth and because my atty at the time didn't show up to tell them I was in labor – i lost legal custody. My ex won't allow phone calls or anything. As a mother I have been totally screwed by the system and the attorneys. The previous example of misusing his badge is only one. I have filed lots of complaints to the OCSD and was sustantiated once but written off the others and never even responded to.

milli   March 4th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

i have three kids with my ex-husband... he used to beat us up (the kids and i) he is psychologically sick....
and if i die, i would like my husband now (my kids step dad) to have custody of my kids

franco   March 4th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

as a father going through a divorce as well as a latino i think it is disgusting to think that a father's right to be with his son is not being granted. Aslo, the fact that the child is a USA citizen and is being held in another country should be ilegal, think elian gonzalez. the U.S.A courts should determine weather the father is capable or not. the mother(RIP,) family and brazilian goverment should be ashamed. Why should he be paying child support, he has no clue where the money would be going.

Suzanne Yates   March 4th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

The thing that really bugs me about this situation is the fact that this man who is the spokesman for Bruno's family continues to say that David is not fit to be the legal caretaker of his son because he has not made the child support payments and that he has not tried to see the child. The whole thing reeks of kidnap. Clearly, David has been fighting for his child the entire time he's been taken from him. And why should he have to pay a "ransom" for his child when he didn't even agree to the divorce in the first place?? Something's terribly wrong with this situation and I'm just glad that Sec. of State Hilary Clinton is taking a real interest in this.

Michelle - CT   March 4th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I am not sure I understand the concept of paying child support to a woman who took his son out of the country for "vacation" and then filed for divorce in a foreign country.

Larry   March 4th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

This should not be happening, come on

Sara   March 4th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I can't believe this is happening to a US citizen. I think the family of David's ex-wife is spreaded slandess lies about David on your show tonight because David is finally starting to make progress in getting his son back. David has been fighting for this son for over 4 years. I think our government should be doing more to bring Shawn home. It is beyond ridulous that the ex-wife's family is claiming that David is a bad father for not paying child support. He son has been kidnapped!!!

Shawn's "step father" will not give up Shawn and he has no legal claim to him. The "step father" is a kidnapper who should be put in
prison along with all of the ex-wife's family who have help keep Shawn away from his father.

C Cole   March 4th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

My heart goes out to David

Larry who can we email to bring more attention to this case?

ellen uller   March 4th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

This is outrageous.......The family member representing his ex-wife had no examples of how David is an unfit father. This is disgusting, I want to get involved to help this man get his son back!

Misty TX   March 4th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

This is SOO Scary. I hope that this man gets his child back. My husband is a Mexican National, and this has always been a big nightmare of mine.

To everyone that says "he sould go to brazil for his son" I say YA RIGHT. I visited Mx this year for the first time and let me just say that we as Americans are treated like 2nd class citizens in other countries.

The whole time I was there I felt like if by chance "something" happened while I was in MX It would be my fault and no one elses. There is always a fear because they are going to protect there own and not you.

GOOD LUCK and stay in the US don't let them trap you into anything. GOD BLESS

Viorel tarbujaru   March 4th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Is a very hot issue for our society and I will be very happy to share my 1,5 years custody battle with over 50 court apparances story involving 2 children's (7and 10) with a mother -breast cancer survivor -and where a lawyer paid from canadian goverment which is representing her was misleading the courts 3 times regarding Mom health having as result school results under minimum espectation,children's medical needs denied and all this is continuing even if all high authorities from Canada are aware and the lawyer is still lawyer paid with public money

Viorel Tarbujaru

Congratulation for Mrs Clinton attitude

Teresa Taffe   March 4th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

My heart extends to Mr. Goldman and my prayers are with him and all the families that this envolves. It amazes me of the challenges and red tape that men in our country have to go through to get custody of their children. Especially in circumstances were the mother has expired or unfit. If a man wants to be a father to his children the laws are unjust. My son lives here in Kansas and has been battling to get custody of his son for over a year. The mother was comatose at birht and remains hospitalized today as we speak. He went to court, he proved he was the father and he asked for custody under the law and he had an attorney. The courts on their own motion placed the child in state custody with no case against my son besides he is a male. My son has done everything order by the courts and still his son is being held hostage. The laws and the people parties to the courts responsible for upholding the laws in custody cases are unjust. And this happens right here in our own country.

Autumn   March 4th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

This is just criminal. My ex has just tried to sweet talk me into letting him take out son to Switzerland and there was no way I was gonna let that happen. This man has a right to his child. His child is a US citizen and is now in the hands of Kidnappers. The spokes man has failed to provide a good reason for being a part of this kidnapping. The fact that this man is not paying child support being a reason is appaling. This child is an american citizen and because he is out of the county being held illegaly the father is not required to pay the child support and there was never an order in the US "where the child is a legal citizen.
This makes me so mad I could just spit. That man has every right to go their in pick up his son. The family should be considered Criminals under fedreal law and wanted in the US.

Jim Pointer   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I can empathize with David Goldman, however his situation is much worse than mine. I spent one whole year dealing with the interstate compacts and a crooked legal system in West Plains Missouri. It seemed as if either the judge "didn't have his custody hat on" or the states were ignorant as far as it came to knowing what to do for me to get custody. Eventually after one year, and one powerful e-mail explaining my story that was sent to my local goverment officials, Missouri's local goverment officials, the Presdient of the United States, newspapers in both cities, and your show along with some others that I finally obtained custody within one week of sending out the e-mail. The $8000.00 I spent on attorney fees did nothing. Don't give up David, your story is being heard thanks to Larry King!

DSP   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

The baby should be with his or biological father no matter which country or corner of the world that is. What is the interest of the step father? He should be brave enough to understand that, unless someone what to test the muscles of another country. First when the mother left USA did not get permission of taking the baby from the biological father for good. If this was revealed I don’t thing any biological father would have allowed such a thing to happen. She, and her new man, a lawyer, used the jurisdiction vacuum that hinder immediate USA muscles of getting things straight. This is a passive kidnapping, and the baby need to reunite with the biological father.

Sonia Vivar   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

It's sad but a cruel reality for many of us who marry into other cultures.
No matter what our government says or our courts rule on, enforcing these laws in Latin Countries is unheard of. Their attitute is, that they will not give in to American Bulliness. I should know, my loss was not a child, but my hard earned nest egg.

jim romas   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Men should have a million-man-march for access and custody for our children!

Kathryn   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I cannot believe you keep breaking in and out of David Goldmans plight to update us on Barabara Bush. We can get those updates later on Anderson 360 or every other news channel – why do this during this story

Alberto Gomes   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I am from Brazil and I want to say that we need to see justice!
This father MUST have his son back.
God bless Mr. Goldman!

tony   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Larry, it's ubsurd to hear a man say that a father does care about his son. We should ask him if he was in the situation whether he would have the guts to let the son go. He is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJ   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Whoa...something is not right here. Are they claiming he is an unfit father? Are they claiming he had an affair or something?

It seems the only justification they offer for keeping the that the biological mother is that he has been with the step-father for now 4 years or so and they don't want to disrupt that relationship? That doesn't seem right.

Elvira   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

children should be with parents, unless those parents prove to be incompetent in parental role.
however, in this case, not all is so clear. do we know what kind of father this David is? maybe the kid is better off with his grandparents and step dad?
the brazilian family rep sounded pretty confident and reveled a few facts that David failed to mention.

Inge Hurst   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I have been involved in a custody battle with my ex husband Charles Hurst, an heir to the JIM BEAM fortune. What I find pathetic in my case is my ex husband makes me share 50% of the expense of 400K divorce and custody battle. His child support for 4 children is less than half of what a foster kid in Kentucky is given by the state. In addition, he refuses to pay for the kids activities or healthcare.

Where is the justice to Women and Children in Kentucky?

Rebecca Emerson   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Perhaps she was the victim and escaped with her and her son's lives?

Roberta Chambers   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

How did Brazil get jurisdiction over the custody of an American national?

sean   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

At least this will show for the record just how MUCH father's truly love their children. For that, I am thankful.

Andy Taylor   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I went through an international child custody battle over my son 23 years ago. I married a woman from Venezuela while she was attending college in Texas. We had a son while living in Venezuela and then moved back to Texas. She took my son back to Venezuela without my knowledge or consent from Houston when he was 18 months old under the guise of going on a vacation with her parents to Oklahoma for a few days (I also took my wife, son, and her parents to the airport), calling me the afternoon I was going to pick them up at the airport stating she was not coming back. I ended up going to Venezuela trying to reason with my wife, and when that didn't work, I spirited my son out of Venezuela on the spur of the moment by myself. I went through the supreme court of Kentucky and then through the Houston courts for 6 years, retaining custody of my son throughout the process. If David wants to know how I accomplished this, you can give him my email address. Sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands, as the courts could care less about the welfare of your child.

Marina   March 4th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

It is apparent that the maternal grandparents and step father are in the wrong and they are doing everything to try and discredit David's charactor. However, David has been upstanding and positive through this difficult situation. Sean has been away from his loving father for far to long, he must be reunited!

C. Stewart   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

My heart is bleeding for this man (Mr. Goldman) – the US government has to do something!!! What the hell!! This is an open and shut case.

Ana   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

If the marriage was great before she moved back to Brazil, how come Mr. Goldman never tried to reconcile? I wanted to hear his answer.
Since he had not job at the time, and she was the one working as a teacher in the US why not move to Brazil and try to work things out with wife?

I believe the son has to be with the biological father, but Mr. Goldman is no saint here... there is more to the history, but Bruna is dead to tell her side...

Now the kid is going to be taken again... from Brazil to New Jersey... I wonder if he will ever be a normal kid... Shame on Mr. Goldman and Bruna!!!

Paul M. Trost   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

After 8.5 years of battling for my son's right to be an American Citizen, also in a Latin Country,I can really identify with the heartbreak this person must be feeling. What no one else, but the Father, seems to knows is that he has NO RIGHTS in a foreign country. Why do you think the entire family was involved in getting the boy out of America and to their back yard? Smiling all the way! It also took me 8.5 years of battle and all of my money before I finally got full and permanent custody of my son. I'm happy to say, that we're having a wonderfull life in America, and now he has his birthrights. He is a US citizen, with all the opportunity that that entails. I sincerely hope that he NEVER GIVES UP.

Russ Acosta   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry: can you ask Mr. Helvelcio Ribiro if his child was kidnapped if he would offer child support to the kidnapper.


Lynn Sibley   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

My husband fought for years to get regular visitations for his child that the mother moved from Wash.D.C. to So.Carolina. Because the devorce was granted in Mass. where my husband lived the only thing that was resolved was the lawyers got rich. As of today my husband daughter is 15 and will only see her father 1week per year and his relationship has just been telephone calls for the past 13yrs. The Brazillian government will prolong as much as they can untill the child is 12yrs old and then they will let the child make his own decission. By that time the child will be so brain washed he will probably stay in Brazil. Time is very crucial and the government need to act fast. My prayers are with David Goldman.

Nikkito Smallwood   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

hi larry i'm in a similar situation but my 7 year old child's somewhere in orlando fl, ive been seek help for almost 2 years now, please help

Frederick Tanachion   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

The courts give custody to mother the DADDY are just there for momey you as a father you have to go to courts and pay to see your kids . THE MOTHER JUST KEEP THE KIDS FOR MOMEY

Kristin   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I hate to sound bitter, but I wish that I had had the Secretary of State in my corner when I lost my boys! I couldn't convince anyone in 1992 that my Middle Eastern ex was a flight risk when he pulled the same thing as Bruna. The official policy of our government was non-involvement; I clearly wasn't worth an international incident. I couldn't even get the Red Cross to go and check on them. I did everything I could and finally figured out that my choices were to either spend my life in a futile effort or to pray and move on. I now have a Master's degree in special education, but I still cry. I still have all their toys. As far as Bruna goes, she knew very well what she was doing; furthermore, she was on home turf in Brazil, a clear advantage. Maybe David felt that with her (sadly) out of the way, he would have a chance. And the check? A crass attempt at hush money.

lifeisgood   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

New Jersey appellate courts are soon to decide on a case of Parental Alienation syndrome caused by spiteful inlaws against a good guy dad. Assuming the courts do the right thing, I look forward to your ex in (out)-laws being on the receiving end of a major civil suit that can at least bankrupt that compost heap of a family down there. Its not about the money, but I think that you will need avenues to release the frustration that all these years have compounded upon you. I'm an attorney and will be glad to assist you in any way I can.

Jeremy   March 4th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I'm glad that David's side is making the uncle look like a fool. I mean, child support? Really? First off, it's not called "child support" when someone's been kidnapped, it's "ransom". And secondly, Bruna's family and the step-father are worth millions. I'm sure they never dared ask for child support.

Carey   March 4th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I am so sorry for what this man anc his son are going through. This is an outrage. The man, the uncle, he didn't help. He sounded like an excuse maker. My kids haven't seen their dad in nearly a year. We've tried numerous times to meet with him. He either doesn't show up or he cancel's. I wish my kids dad had an ounce of Goldman's drive. I hope that Goldman and his son are reunited tomorrow. i hope the boy doesn't have long term or delayed problems in life because of what his mother and this man she married in Brazil. I'm a firm believer in "what comes around goes around". This man in Brazil be a man, a lawyer and a good dadand a good example and happily give Goldman back to his father!!!

Tanya   March 4th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Mr. Goldman that man (Riberio) does not deserve a response they are cold and heartless. You can clearly hear from the recordings that your ex-wife made when she first TOOK your son that it was done on purpose and your father instinct kicked in and you could hear the desprate pleas from you.

Tamara Taylor   March 4th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

My daughter was 4 when she told me she was being sexually abused by her two older half brothers. After police, CAC, and attorneys got involved I was court ordered to return her to Missouri. I lived in Illinois where my child had been living. Since my X husband and I were divorced in Missouri a judge with no knowledge of the pending case court ordered me to return her to her father. She had already expressed a fear of her father. Three years later we are still fighting for custody. I recently moved to Missouri when he filed for full custody of the boys who violated our child. The mother of the boys and I now work to not only protect our children but to inform others of the misjustices of St. Louis County DFS system. Looking back I wish I would of never reported the abuse & handle matters on my own through the Illinois courts. My childs case was mishandled from day one. Now three years later we try to still get help for these children. A ten year old boy does not have 4 victims under the age of four. The abuse started somewhere. Why the father would fight so hard to keep these children out of individual therapy is a baffle to me. Forget Brazil this happens in our own states!

Meg Chamberlin   March 4th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Larry –
Several weeks ago, I watched with the rest of the world the heart-wrenching tradgedy that this family has endured. I was astonished. I immediately emailed the one contact I knew in Hilary Clinton's camp and implored them to forward the story on to her team; having just finished her book, It Takes a Village, I could think of no better person to lead the charge for justice in this case. I am certain that others urged her to do the same. Whatever the impetus, I am thrilled to see the US getting involved on an international level and I pray that Sean will be reunited with his loving father in the very near future.
A fellow parent,
Meg Chamberlin

Rick Myers   March 4th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Patricia Apy was instrumental in helping me win my support case in Oregon. My Israeli Arab wife took me to court in Oregon to get an Israeli support order, which also gave me custody rights to my children, enforced in Oregon, but Patricia testified for me and I won. She's an expert in Islamic law. Kathy Root was my lawyer in Oregon.

sherryl kelly   March 4th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

This a classic case of parent alienation.. I am going through the same thing and my children live down the street from me. Parents should have the right and ability to see and have a relationship with their chidren, unless abuse is involved. Alec Baldwins book has GREaT info on this subject.. The targeted parents are truly tied!!


God bless... Sherryl in Michigan

Shan, Campbell River, B.C.   March 4th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

When you get your son back, and you will, he will grow up knowing his dad is a real man and an amazing loyal father who walked through hell for him. You will be happy again. Everyone who matters is behind you.

Ed Trentacosta   March 4th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

No one has the right to take another parents right to visit a child because of divorce. The mother had no right to take the child to Brazil in the first place and her family has absolutley no right to continue what amounts to kidnapping. No father should have to travel around the world for visitation.

Georgie   March 4th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

After reading up on this story and listening to this ignorant evil spokesman guy, I just don't know how this is allowed to continue, this sounds more important than sending troops to Iraq for NO REASON AT ALL!! Our troops should be there in Brazile getting this child back in our country, it's obvious they have no case, and this whole entire family should've been arrested.
I'm sorry but this is too hard for me to take; I pray God almighty helps David get his son back soon, because this is taking to long and something needs to be done.

C. Graham   March 4th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I have followed your story since it was first shown on television and could not believe this could happen. My heart goes out to you and I pray that you will be reunited with your son very soon.
I was outraged to see the uncle's attitude and It does not suprise me that the Brizilian Government has neglected to see this concluded.

My best to you.

mike bullion   March 4th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I have been going thru a custody battle in Burbank, california for the last six years. Please let me know if there is anyone who can help me. Thank you, Mike Bullion

cheryl   March 4th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

oh how heartbreaking! I pray he finally gets Shawn home. This story is every parents nightmare, glad our gov. is finally stepping up. NEVER give up. GOD BLESS YOU!!!

Commander Paul Toland, US Navy   March 4th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I can fully sympathize with Mr. Goldman. I have a daughter kidnapped and living in Japan. My daughter Erika, a US Citizen, was abducted by my former wife while I was stationed in Japan in 1993. My wife died in 2007, leaving me as my daughter's only surviving parent, and yet I still have had no access to Erika. Erika's grandmother has custody of her, and I have exhausted all means to gain any access to her, having spent over $120,000 in attorney fees and repeatedly turned to the State Department for assistance. Unlike Brazil, Japan is not a signatory to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, so any children abducted to Japan will likely never be returned. It is sad to see Secretary Clinton go to Japan and visit with parents of Japanese citizens abducted to North Korea, yet she has not taken up the cause of the many U.S. Citizen children abducted to Japan.

Joann M. Kelley   March 4th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Hello Larry king;
I'm a mother that as well had her sone taken to a diffrent Country, (Germany) I did not know what was going on. It took me 4 1/2 years to ever talk or see my son. My ex's wife wanted to leave and they packed up on April 12, 2001. I got my son back 2006 on my birthday, but I know a lot of people that are still going thought this every day, over 15000 kids a year are taken out of this Counrty. It's sad that this man can't get his some back and I was watching the show and It's sad that this womans family is treating him like he has not rights. Mr. King their is something the State Department can do. It's called Parents left behind.I know what this man is going thought I feel it's a shame that This Country don't go over and take this mans son and bring him back to the USA. It's the birth place of the boy. I feel if Cuba can come to the USA and pick up that little boy after the mother died on the boat ride over to the USA, I don't see what we let these other Country treat us like this.
I got my son back but I'm still involved wit hthis Coup I feel we have to do more to make sure this Country don't let al the other Countrys take out kids. I will pray for this father like I pray for all of my dear friends that still have not seen their kids in so many years.

Joann K.
Vancouver Washinton State

Carol   March 4th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I have not followed this case too closely, except to hear that David Goldman's wife left with their child to go to Brazil, and did not return- instead divorcing him. Why did she leave and why would she not communicate with David Goldman or permit their son to return to the US? There must be a reason.

Dodie from CA   March 4th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I am very surprised at Brazil for not exporting the mother and child back to the USA. Maybe there is something we do not know or are aware of…

shawn   March 4th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I think brazil needs to be tought a lesson about kidnapping American children, i dont know how you larry can sit across from that guy and not punch him in his face, david son basicly was kid napped and wow our goverment wont go in and take the child but we can go in and take sadm, hmmmm how political can it get? its a real disgrace to allow brazil to get away with it for four years and not be held acountable for its actions of kidnapping. I think the fat politicians need to do more to protect the fathers rights and protect our American children. no lets bail out a.i.g.........

Orly   March 4th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Children belong with their biological parents, especially if one of them is dead and the other is alive and capable of raising the child. The mother kidnapped her son, father never knew she will not come back, stepfather has nothing to do with Mr. Goldman's son. Stepfather has his own child to raise.

Roy Deskins   March 4th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

There was one news source from buffalo when I was on the Internet that said the 2 NFLers took their life Jackets off and drifted out to sea.

I am not sure if this happened because other news sources did not report this at all. Would you clear this up.

Considering the currents wouldn't have carried the guys in southern direction and back to the coast or futher down these waters can be tricky considering snokeling I have done.

God Bless each of these families and good luck in finding your loved ones alive somewhere on land that no one has seen them yet.

Kofi Acheampong   March 4th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I am going through the same situation with my former child's mother. She has taken my son to WV and i have had only few contact. I have paid child support for the past four years. I have had my son visit only one time in the past four years.

She had two children with two different father's before my son and she just had another with about 4 months ago. She had four shildren with 4 men. My son is the only one with mix parent.

I helpless in dealing with her or contatcting my son. She kept telling him things about me . I really need help.

Jasmine Monday   March 4th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

As i listen to both sides share there opinons. I really belive mr.goldman should get his child back no matter what. you just can't take somebodys child away from them. What is wrong with these people don't they have no change of heart. Mr.Goldman i wish you all the best and i hope you do get your child back

P. B. Tanaka   March 4th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I am so outraged listening to your interview of Bruna's family spokesperson and uncle (Riberto). I can hardly type fast enough or contain my anger. How is it that you let him slander Goldman's character and question his love for his child without a challenge? All you said, Mr. King, was "do you realize that you've said some salacious thing/" Are you brain dead? Of course he knew what he was saying. Should David really pay child support to kidnappers if his child? Where was your voice Mr. King? The Bruna family (and this morally bankrupt spokesperson/uncle in Seattle) will go down as being the most despicable group of people imaginable. They will reap what they sow.

P. B. Tanaka

Mel   March 4th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The boy should be returned to his biological father. The boy was held hostage in Brazil by his late mother. Bruna's family conspired with this criminal act. David signed a travel authorization NOT to have his son held hostage in Brazil. Mr. Riviero, you do not know what you are talking about child support law. I suggest you consult a lawyer or dig deeper before you open your mouth. I am not a native of United States but married to one and I'm so outrage about this. GIVE DAVID HIS SON BACK!!!!!!

Michael Donovan   March 4th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The stuff that uncle said was disgusting. David should sue him for that and if he's not a citizen, he should be deported. I am absolutely outraged with that vile stuff that was said. The facts of the case are indisputable and to have that guy on saying what he did was offensive to me not only as an American but as a Human being. David has had to deal with a whole slew of people without even a slight bit of conscience and I wish him all the luck in the world. If there is anything we can do to help him even if it's financial please let us know. We as Americans would not have a problem with helping this wonderful father.

STEPHEN BAKER   March 4th, 2009 9:48 pm ET


Gloria Kirk   March 4th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I started watching the show and was very interested in your guest but you started having so many commercials I lost interest and went to a cable station WITHOUT COMMERCIALS!!!!! YEAH!!!

Kelley B.   March 4th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I have been following this story and am outraged that this can happen. This child was kidnapped from a loving father. He needs to be returned immediately! The Brazilian government needs to abide by the Hague Convention and return this child to his father.

stephanie   March 4th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I enjoy your show. I am watching your show about David Goldman and his custody battle regarding his son Sean. However, I am annoyed with the interruptions about Barbara Bush. A mention about Barbara is appropriate but continuous interruptions is inappropriate. She is no longer the First Lady. David Goldman deserves HIS airtime. I suggest using your airtime wisely. Barbara Bush hasn't been First Lady in over TEN years. Her health at this point is NOT relevant. David Goldman IS!

Stephanie Wade

orlando   March 4th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Those disputes happen here in Michigan. I lost parental rights to my son after my kids mother passed away from a heroine overdose to her parents. Just because I didn't have custody and we weren't married, doesn't mean I should lose my son so easily.

lydia Storer   March 4th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

your story is heartbreaking for me
i was also kidnapped at age 8 and taken to rio in 1963
the brazilian laws with no extradition MUST be changed
i was a child........helpless and vulnerable
i survived and now live in the usa
i am grateful to be alive

Jillian   March 4th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The uncle, Helvecio Ribeiro, is pure ELVIL!!!!!!!!!!!
Why on earth shoud David pay child support when his son has been kidnapped? Shan is right, that would be ransom.
David is the Biological parent and that is where the child belongs-with his father.
Secretary Clinton, get this man his child back!

Colette   March 4th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Thank you for bringing this story to the public. It is such a tragedy. I am so glad that Congressman Chris Smith and David's lawyer were there to follow up that malicious, contrived performance from Bruna's uncle. Also, thank you for helping bring this story to the Brazilian public. In Brazil a gag order is imposed and the good citizens of Brazil are not able to learn the truth about this sad story.

Darlene   March 4th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Mr. David Goldman should hound that step father for the rest of his life for taking his son. the mother died. The stpe father should just hand over the child. It is arrogant for the Brazilian step father to demand child support for a child that is not his. He is saying the deceased mother is not there to defend herself & that the father made numerous allegations of them kidnapping the child–well if they did not kidnap the child then just return him and be done with the battle & allegations. But the step father just wants the child support for a child that is not his.
I too am caught in a lenghty custody battle for my 5 children which have aged in the 9 years. the father/my now ex husband never complied with custody orders, protection order or equitable distribution order–he has kept my kids & finally demanded child support. The rich get richer by exploiting the children & extorting money from the other TRUE PARENT.
Custody is a big issue mishandled in the US Courts as well as international.

Kathryn   March 4th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Larry – shame on you! You showed little comapsion for this horrific nightmare David Goldman is living.

I am 42 -my husband and i have watched your show almost every night each week for years

I live in NYC. We are connected with many in the media/Arts, fashion, publishing, wall steeet etc – i am going to share my disappointment in your interview with David

I may never watch your program again unless you have a follow up with David where in you apologize for your abrupt ending to his interview and share the real facts – why you gave as much air time as you did to Bruna's uncle is beyong me
Again -shame on you – shame on you – for gods sake you showed more energy, compassion and interest in your interview last week with Dolly Parton – realign your priorities w/regards to your interviews
Kathryn Hennessey

Scarlet Alfonso   March 4th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

To Mr. David Goldman,
I will offer prayers for you.....that you'll to be reunited with your only son/child very soon.

jeff leit   March 4th, 2009 9:51 pm ET


You we're so ignorant to this case. You should better understand the facts and circumstances before conducting an interview like this.

Your line of questioning was so frustrating to watch. DO YOUR HOMEWORK before your guests come on

Jeremy   March 4th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Also, to the person(s) who mentioned that there might be abuse involved.
Uh, if there were any slight hint of a possibility that David had abused his son, don't you think the Brazilian uncle would have pushed that angle? The Brazilians have never mentioned abuse because they are well aware that to do so would be inviting a civil suit the likes of which even their money would have trouble settling.

So far, they have not said anything overly derogatory about David - this is calculated, they do not want to open themselves up for libel/slander suits. The fact is, there is a preponderance of evidence on video, audio, and in the form of numerous testimonies (including from the mother herself) that David was a wonderful father. Much of this was explored on earlier shows on this topic on Dateline and the Today Show.

Jon Myers   March 4th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry, I am in the "Mother of all Custody battles" as my daughter wrote in her college entrance essay. It has gone on in one form or another for thirteen years. Massachusetts has a law, MGL 265, Section 26A that addressed parents withholding children from the other parent as a form of kidnapping.

I share legal and physical custody of our two children, although our daughter has now turned eighteen, and my son is nearing sixteen.

My ex-wife has illegally withheld our son from me, for nearly three years, starting from a situation, when I got my son into a private school, where his sister attended, and I paid for. A Judge in Cambridge, MA has allowed this situation to occur for three years, where my son is being brainwashed, something known as Parental alienation. I am on the verge of sending out an announcement claling for the impeachment of the Judge.

This stuff goes on much more than is being acknowledged in the United States, and it is destroying families, not to mention children.
I have written a book, about it called An Unbelievable Story: The Triumph of Faith over Fear. It is remarkable.

Loved the show,

Jon 🙂

Delores   March 4th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

It is outrageous that Brazil has denied the father his rights to be with his son. Another reason not to travel to Brazel. Americans should be horrified this has happened. Americans should continue to put pressure on the government of Brazil until the child is returned.

john forsyth   March 4th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

David is one of my long time friends and he has been fighting this thing from day one.It pains me to see this man question Davids character.All those happy pictures are real because David is a wonderful father .

David in Oklahoma   March 4th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am so sickened to see Helvicio attack David's character, when his logic is so TRAGICALLY FLAWED!! It is amazing that he can sit there with such arrogance and make groundless accusations...but then again I guess it's easy to do when he sits on a throne of total ignorance and contempt. May God forgive you for your behavior...

J Gonzalez   March 4th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I've been watching tonight episode. one point that I would like to point out to the family's representative when he stated that Mr. Goldman was offered plane tickets and accomodation to see his child and he refuse. what he doen't realized is that he was inviting this man to come to a country where he would not have any rights. If they wanted him to see his child so bad why not meet in US, but them you could not take the child out of the country again. And the whole notion of child support is ridiculous, come on pay child support to the woman who kidnaped your child; get real here! the only reason this child is still in Brazil is because the wealthy Grandparents and stepdad.

John   March 4th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I feel horrible for any parent going through this type of a thing. I can't imagine the frustration and anger I would feel towards the ignorance to not resolve this type of situation.

While listening to spokesperson who spoke for the family holding the boy, it was completely obvious that the attitude is one that is looking for justification. Their reasoning was ridiculous and from the response, the father did everything he can.

Nate   March 4th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

How they could be anchored? Wouldn't there be a line showing??
Does anyone know about these boats?

B. Khan   March 4th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I know someone who had his 3 children taken away from him in a similar situation and went to Canada (initially meant to be a family vacation).

Even though he was granted visiation rights in the USA Courts, and has been paying regular Child support, he is still denied the right to see his children. Instead, every time he makes an effort to see his children, she files a restraining order to prevent this from happening.

Because of the exhorbitant legal fees, he had to cease the legal battle, but continues to pay his support. It has been about 5 years or more since he has last seen his children. Their ages now, I think, are 10 and 5 (twins) .

It was, and still is, very devastating for the father.

Gina   March 4th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I really do hope this father gets his son back. What strikes me as very odd though is the involvement of the Secretary of State and her comment regarding "a child belongs with their family". Doesn't that include children here in the United States??? Fathers have had to pay strangers child support (and some of us view this as kidnappers) when the villagers take children and babies and not because of abuse and give their babies and children to strangers rather than the family (biological).

Shan, Campbell River, B.C.   March 4th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I find it odd that they did not look UNDER the boat.....they said the survivor reported they drifted away – it is possible they could be under there. I have heard of this happening before. Sometimes they are survivors.

orlando   March 4th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Men in Michigan can lose their children to any third party, if the man never married the mother, or had custody of the children before the mother passed away.

Autumn Obuchowski   March 4th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

This issue should be kept in the lime light and all parents should now that they should never under any circumstance let their children leave the country without them.

Thank you Mrs. Clinton for assisting this man in the return of his son.

And to the person who said that maybe she was running for her life. That is stupid. The US has that would have protected her. She burned that bridge when she decided to become a kidnapper. I get so sick of hearing about parents rights not being protected. Child is a US citizen be help captive in another country. The family in Brazil should be treated as if they are holding an American citizen captive.

Shan, Campbell River, B.C.   March 4th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I find it odd that they did not look UNDER the boat.....they said the survivor reported they drifted away – it is possible they could be under there. I have heard of this happening before. Sometimes they are survivors under there.

patricia and tabitha   March 4th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

why is he having to fight so hard? its his kid. david seems like a good dad. i would like to see any evidence that disproves that. and i think it should be the boys choice. id really like to know what the boy wants. the lawyer said he knows full well who his real dad is and david said he was torn about his dad not seeing him. this is just sad to me and doesnt seem right.

Liz Maldonado   March 4th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

P.S. The system is trying to get over 146 thousand dollars out of him, including this illegal's attorneys' fees, interest, and they charged HIM for the time he had his son, same amount of time! They expect him to pay the FULL AMOUNT in one week, or else. He should not pay an abusing, illegal, liar, besides she never paid him when his son was with him. His son left them due to the abuse. He threatened to kill his mother and his stepfather who absued him. Plus, he himself was abused by her during marriage. It should all equal out, and he should not any support at all. Why should he pay out all that money? When the child came to him, the amount was around 80 thousand. BUT NO ONE LISTENS TO MEN, only to us women. Thanks.

Roxanne Price   March 4th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I am outraged. !!!!! In this country we protect and support so many people from other countries with our tax dollars and do not understand why this kind, wonderful father cannot be assisted in obtaining his son back. It is so unfair. Barack Obama should be notified of this situation. This poor man deserves his son back now. That uncle is an idiot!!!! How heartless can he be.

annette   March 4th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Travel to Brazil, was very traumatic experience for us (4 passengers)because we were held in the airport for eight hours under guards due to our visas and not allowed to communicate with our son, Mark, who was traveling with us and had appropriate documentation, they forced him to leave airport and kept us away from any contacts with him. Finally, we contacted him through text message and tell him where to go in Rio De Janiero. We were treated very rudely by the Brazilian officials and they didn't handle us in a respectable and professional manner. This story reminds us of what happened to us in Brazil, they are not willing to work with U.S. citizens

thank you: Phone: 509.531.6917

Inga Jackson   March 4th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

This story touched me to tears it also angered me. The little boys uncle is an ass and should rot in hell with the rest of his immoral family. David Goldman has been done wrong and he should have taken the 150,000 to pay his attorney fees, transportation to Brazil and unnecessary pain and suffering. I hope and pray that father and son are reunited very very soon. I am so disappointed in the Brazilian Government!!!!

Lynne in NJ   March 4th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

To those of you who want to attribute your amateur opinions on the character of David Goldman, let me remind you that in the nearly 5 years that his courageous fight has gone on, there was never an allegation of his wife being abused – not from the wife, her attorneys or her family – even tonight. Oh, and there was a gag rule imposed in Brazil so this man could not talk about the case to the media. It was not until Bruna died that he felt he had to talk to the media to be heard.

Kelly   March 4th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Thank you for airing this story on David and Sean Goldman! It's heartbreaking and outrageous that this boy has not been returned to his father. Remember the Elian Gonzalez episode? It was 100% right that he was returned to his father in Cuba. It doesn't matter what other people think, the boy belongs with his father – end of story! That uncle is in no place to make judgements – he has NO SAY!!! The US gov't should keep fighting for David. The stepfather has to be a man and do what's right and stop acting selfishly. This story needs to be heard. My heart goes out to David & Sean. I have never written in to a show before, but this story is too compelling. Please keep talking about it! Can we write to the Brazilian gov't?

bob bill   March 4th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Hillary can't reunite a known kidnap victim with his father ? BUT she
says she can bring PEACE to the mid-east ? WHAT A CLOWN

Shenelle Miller   March 4th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I think that the step-father should realize that the biological father has a right to want to finish raising his son, regardless if the stepfather was married to the mother, she has passed on and the boy is still young and it's never to late to bond with his son and finish raising him.

PC   March 4th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I heard on Dateline that the step father is a lawyer who works with these kinds of cases in Brazil and that this is why this case has not gotten to a higher court. Some how the step father's family is very powerful in Brazil and know how to go around the system. I'm so glad that Sec. of State Hilary Clinton has got involved. Hopefully now Mr. Goldman will get his son Sean back. I support him fully!

Gina   March 4th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

This is my first time commenting on this story. I hope this father gets his son back. The only comment I have is on the comment by the Secretary of State who stated that " a child belongs with their family". My comment is perhaps the United States needs this treaty here in the United States as it is not unusual for biological parents to have to pay child support to strangers and no, not because of abuse. This also is like paying the kidnappers (the villagers).

Felicia Bellamy   March 4th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I don't understand why the football players that capsized would take off their life jackets.

Ruben   March 4th, 2009 10:03 pm ET


Debora Fortunato   March 4th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Some of the blame can be placed on the US policy toward children traveling anywhere. When I divorced from my daughter's dad, I asked the judge if I could prevent him from taking her to the middle east, but he said unless I could prove he intended to keep her there. In brazil, a child cannot leave the country or even the state without both parent's permission. In this case, the father was deceived, but his permission would not be required anyway. I think it's time for the US to do the same and require authorization to travel. My husband's ex kept him from seing his son, so he just took him by plain without id and no questions asked by the airport. He had no intention to keep him, but the fact he was able to do that is disturbing.

Carrie L. Cabral   March 4th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,

I have been going through a battle to get my son, now age 18, back in my custody. When he was 8, and diagnosed with autism, the state of CT State Dept. of Children and Families made me give them custody to place my son in a Community Therapeutic Training Home with a Master's Level Behavior Analyst similar to Anne Sullivan who helped Helen Keller in the 1800's. Well, ten years later, I have been fighting in the juvenile courts in Danbury, CT to regain my custody. DCF will not let my son, come to our home to visit for almost two years. He knows he has a house and two younger brothers. DCF also will only let us visit him twice a month for an hour at a time supervised in a sports complex in North Branford. DCF will not let him call us. As a matter of fact, I have not seen my son in three weeks due to DCF cancelling my last three visits for various excuses. Meanwhile, my son is on two very strong drugs and they are telling me my son is psychotic. My son is a holy child of the most high God, and was handknitted in my womb, his mother for God's plans and purposes. I implore you to fix this terrible situation that children are removed from their God ordained biological parents and put into the hands of strangers, who are not able to provide them with the love that they are starved for emotionally, physically and spiritually. Would you please help me fight to be reunited with my son. We are trying to keep our three boys together and their love strong. I have contacted congressman, ombudsmen, I have been in two very long trials, and now that my son is 18, it is time for justice. My son is an adult and a holy, divine child of God, and he does not want to live in a foster home anymore. He has a very loving family and I his mother had him for 8 years. Those years were the most important years of his life. The last 10 years of his life while living in foster care, he has been hospitalized in psychiatric hospitals for drug interactions (very serious), and his deteriorated emotionally. How come our courts do not understand the bonds parents have with their children (I was forced to give us custody) to insure my son received his intensive early intervention.) I know for a fact that Helen Keller's family, due to President Taft, requesting a "teacher be sent to the Keller's home to work with Helen), is what God would expect, not having children removed by their mother's and biological parents, and expected to be fed into false beliefs about their family not being able to take care of them, which is what they keep telling my son. That is a lie from Satan. God has empowered me and ordained me, my son's mother to care for my son. Our hearts are attached and he knows I love him. Like Mr. Goldman (David), we want our sons returned now for the glory and honor of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who came for the brokenhearted (the biological parents and our holy children). Please help make improvements on earth as it already is in heaven. This love will last for eternity. Love is worth fighting for. Jesus died on the cross because our Father in Heaven loved us to prove it to us. It is TIME FOR ALL OF US TO SHOW MERCY AND GRACE, FORGIVENESS AND TO SHOW JUSTICE> JESUS COMMANDS THIS>

Thank you for helping us be reunited with our holy sons. We were chosen by our father in heaven, purposely as the parents of our children. Not that they would be raised by other people. Thank you that you have compassion and would want to always support your brothers and sisters in Christ for our Father in Heaven's glory. Amen.

clean4cheap   March 4th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Sounds like Good ole fashion extortion 2 me ! Next they will say small bills in paper bag!

Mara   March 4th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Larry – I think something is fishy here. Why would 2 men, professional football players take off their life jackets and float away? First of all football players are very competitive and extremely strong willed. I can see if they were found dead with the life jackets on but for them to take off the life jackets? That doesn't make any sense. I think there is more to the story than the survivor is telling us.

Why would they both take off their life jackets? They were young with so much to live for. It just doesn't add up Larry.

Jim Rinaman   March 4th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

My child, Julia was taken for a "2 week" trip home with her mom to Germay in 1994. I was not able to gain access to my daughter for 4 years after that. First the German courts refused to follow the Hague on returning my child to D.C. Then, they refused to enforce repeated Orders allowing me to have visitation with my daughter. My ex-wife testified that she could not return to the US for fear of being prosecuted for child abduction, and was afraid I would reabduct. In fact she was living with another man, training my daughter to believe he was her father, and I was told that when I was able to see my daughter, I would have to say I was a friend of the family. Meanwhile, she was 8 months pregnant, and she flew to Fort Meyers, FL, staying for 6 weeks to have another baby, so that child could be a US citizen. Some fear.

The US State Dept keeps all info about Hague enforcement – and statistics about the performance of each country – very close hold, claiming "privacy" concerns. Take it from me, as a left behind parent, the last thing we want is "privacy". But since State is in charge of making nice with other countries, I think they also want to protect those countries from scrutiny. President Clinton did raise the problem with the German government back in 2001- and I hope Secretary Clinton will improve performance of the Hague Treaty. However, left-behind parents need to know the facts, which are that countries like Germany simply do not comply with the treaty – spirt or letter. Parents need to evaluate that fact, to make a decision whether to try self-help, rather than spend years and a lot of money trying to follow the "law", when that may be a sham in the country where they are attempting to gain return or access. I wish I had known, because I certainly would have handled it differently myself. I now have access to my daughter, who is now almost 14 years old, but that is not due to the work of the State Dept, or the German government. It was due to the help of Lady Cathrine Meyer and the press, which put a lot of pressure on the Germans and on my wife and her attorney.
Jim Rinaman

Nurse911   March 4th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

When I heard this news, I did stop everything. I am divorce and I felt Davids' love to his son. I think the xwife and her family want financial support and who knows used the son as a shield to get money. What a shame to that family and for that brother, who made an arrogant commnents about David tonight? He should be ashamed to all of us and to his American neighbors where he lives, What a mentality. David is the father and they have no right to keep that son from him....What for? Money support from David? Well, the Brazillain Govt. should know better about policy... I know he will get him soon and that all of us will be happy.. Thanks God!! Hillary Clinton , his lawyer are doing their best!!!

TRUDEE (senior lady)   March 4th, 2009 10:05 pm ET





Brian DuCharme   March 4th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

As a divorced father with no custodial rights, and false allegations alleged against in court I completely understand Mr. Goldman's position, and utter frustration. The mouthpiece that spoke sounded eerily similiar to how a predator divorce lawyer speaks in court in the U.S. Making false allegations to support a completely baseless plan to remove a father from his child. As long as the money is there then a deal is made to tear families apart, thats all that matters in custody cases in the U.S. Atleast Mr. Goldman has the Hague convention behind him, and political support to boot. I believe he will be successful in getting his child back, and I hope Mr. Goldmans struggle to get his son back opens up the flood gates to the great inequalities found the family courts in the United States. Judges acquiese to status quo because they cant decide for themselves what a healthy child after divorce looks like, nor do they want to challenge it. Let this case be a moniker to all Judges about father's rights in their childrens lives after divorce. Good luck to you Mr. Goldman you and your son will be in my prayers.

Janet   March 4th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I find the whole thing very suspicious and I don't believe a word of what Nick has been saying. There have been too many conflicting stories from him and his dad and I think some type of foul play has been committed. Who is Nick? What is his background? Was he jealous that he did not make it to the NFL? Was blackmail, kidnapping involved? I think the authorities need to be watching Nick and watching him very closely. I understand the family is more concerned with finding their loved ones and not really concentrating on Nick, but he is the key player in all of this and is not above suspicion. The truth will come out.

Sarah   March 4th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

It is bad enough that Sean Goldman was abducted from his father and worse yet that he is under the influence of people like Ribiero..this man's arrogance and heartlessness is his brother such a coward that he would not appear on the show and explain why he is keeping a child that is NOT his? This family is repulsive and I guess because most of them are lawyers they feel they are above the law? They are more concerned with the bad press they are getting rather than the fact that they are keeping a child away from his father. I am delighted that Ribeiro revealed himself as the arrogant man that he is because in the end it will backfire and that boy will be back with his real father. You might be smug now Ribeiro but soon you will be wishing you had kept your ignorant, slanderous mouth shut. Shame on you and your evil family!!

Monica   March 4th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

I hope the father gets his son terrible these people are. I am not surprised any more about how evil people can be...and these people are truly evil keeping the boy from his father. I just hope that there is a God and these people will get theirs in the end. I am glad he has our Secretary of State on this and am sure he will get his son back. Tell him to keep his spirits up.

Tricia   March 4th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Precious time is passing, David Goldman' son should be home with his biological Father! Watching the uncle was very sad and scary that Sean is being exposed to that kind person.

Kelly   March 4th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Thank you for airing the story on David & Sean Goldman. It is heartbreaking and outrageous that David has not gotten his son back yet. Remember Elian Gonzalez? It was 100% right that he was sent back to his father in Cuba. It doesn't matter what other people think, the boy belongs with his father – end of story!!! The US gov't should continue hellping him with his case. That uncle is in no place to judge – he has NO SAY!!!

Tucker Woods   March 4th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

I think that anyone watching the program could immediately see that Bruna's uncle has a giant credibility problem. To say that Sean Goldman does not care for his son because he did not pay child support to his kidnappers is almost laughable. If that is the best argument and defense he could come up with, in my opinion that bodes well for David. David interviewed very, very well. He was professional and you could just see in his eyes the anguish he is going through and you can see how much he loves his son. No one watching that program would side with the Bruna family representative. Bruna's uncle mentioned in the program that he is "worried" about the progress being made by David Goldman, and he should be worried because there is absolutely no justification for that "social father" to have custody of Sean. David, I am really proud of how you well you came off in this interview. This will raise the bar even higher and bring more attention to this case, and I hope you will be reunited with Sean soon. Keep fighting the good fight David–it's paying off. We're all rooting for you.

kathy   March 4th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Americans and other citizens of the world:
BOYCOTT Brazil until this child is returned. Write to the President of Brazil requesting the return of this child who is an American citizen. Larry King is seen in Brazil if they did not do a black out. Show Brazil that we have a voice. Thank you.

Diane Thames   March 4th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Larry, this is an outrage and a heartbreaking injustice that this father, in these circumstances, has been denied custody of his own son for five years. The "uncle", when interviewed, stated that the child's father "was not morally fit" to raise the boy, yet did not provide any evidence to support it – excuse me, but that's SLANDER, clear and simple. It was obvious to me that this father, David Goldman, truly loves his son, wants him back and is willing to fight for his return. Kudos to Hillary Clinton for supporting him in that effort. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Goldman and I hope, with the help of the Secretary of State, justice will prevail and a beautiful young boy will be reunited with the father who loves him.

Paul   March 4th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

P.S. The system is trying to get over 146 thousand dollars out of me, including this illegal's attorneys' fees, interest, and they charged ME for the time I had my son, same amount of time! They expect me to pay the FULL AMOUNT in one week, or else. I should not pay an abusing, illegal, liar, besides she never paid me when my son was with me. My son left them due to the abuse. He threatened to kill his mother and his stepfather who abused him. Plus, I myself was abused by her during marriage. It should all equal out, and I should not any support at all. Why should I pay out all that money? When the child came to me, the amount was around 80 thousand. BUT NO ONE LISTENS TO MEN, only to women. Thanks.

jim romas   March 4th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Divorce is easy when there is no kids involved. but when there is, access should be split equally. Im not a parent to my kids if I dont see them. the courts take too long to act on the best interest of the children.

Chad   March 4th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

As a father of an American-born son to a Brazilian mother, I have a shared perspective of this situation. While I remain happily married, my wife does go to Brazil with our son regularly. The case that Ms. Bianchi's family representative has made is dicey, at best:

1) The authorization letter that Mr. Goldman signed has NOTHING to do with giving her the right to never return. It's simply there to allow ONE parent to travel out of country without the other.

2) The family's rep mentioned that Mr. Goldman was fearful of going to Brazil due to some legal ramifications and implied that this is somehow odd. While Brazil is a great place in many ways, corruption is rampant and I myself could envision a scenario where Mr. Goldman could be either forced to sign away his rights to Sean or find himself in trouble with the law.

Hang in there, Mr. Goldman. You are clearly in the right.

Jane Bartl   March 4th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Are you kidding me asking a donation to the NFL rescue fund? How about collecting it from all the football players who each have obscene, multi-million dollar contracts. Of course I have sympathy for the tragic accident, but I am confident the NFL can afford the rescue efforts on their own without the help of the American public who is struggling in this economic crisis.

Gloria Stanetti   March 4th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I was astonished at the attitude of people who do not understand how the athletes could give up and float away when their boat overturned. I almost died in the Bahamas many years ago when i fell off a boat and the boat kept going!!Without me.
I understand family wanting to hope for survival, however, the waves are strong and unrelenting,there is no rest or a moment to catch your breath.Only when I gave up to the water and started to drown did I think of my son,alone, in the hotel who would never see his mother again. Strangely, when i gave up and wanted to die, a calmness ca,me over me and I started floating,kicking,swimming,singing and as long as I could see land i knew I would survive. And i did.
However, the next day,in the hotel dining room, a woman turned to me and said the most innocent comment"Isn't it a lovely day?"And the tears flowed down by face for hours. I could not stop crying and I will never forget how wonderful it was to just be alive.

laurence0511   March 4th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Message to "Uncle Helvicio" :Child support? This is all you guys have?Give us a break...How could Sean be happy with such liars like you? Let Sean goes home.

MARIA BOOS   March 4th, 2009 10:10 pm ET


Tanya   March 4th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

I am thrilled that that the lone surviver was found and is ok, but I suspect foul play. My innitial thoughts when I heard this story were not good. I am praying for the families but this is reminding of another case in FL.

Claudia DeSantis   March 4th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Hey Georgie, do u have an idea what you are talking about? Troops in Brazil? What I don't understand in this story is the fact that I know by experience fighting for the custody of my daughter in my country Brazil is that, while our president is a shame to the country, our authorities are very concerned with the wellbeing of the children. If this American gentleman went to court in Brazil and simply proved that he was not abusive, instable, or whatever, a Brazilian judge would sign the travel document for him to bring his son back to the US easily. The mother's family speaker is definetly not well articulated, but there must be something else going now in this story. Regarding your "troops in Brazil," you should be arrested for such an ignorant and inconvinient statement. You talk like a terrorist. Also, I am affraid you ran out of money to terrorize the whole world with your troops. Get to know that country better before saying such stupid things. The God you pray for is the God of the hypocrits for Jesus would never aprove your violent behaviour.

Al Watts   March 4th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Our hearts go out to Cory Smith's family. Unfortunately, hypothermia is a given after more than 12 hours in 60 degree water. Removing life vests is a sign of delusionary behavior – common with hypothermia, and I'm afraid doesn't bode well for the prospects of survival. Perhaps you could invite someone knowledgeable from the USCG to comment on the dangers and relaities of hypothermia, and use this tragic incident as an oppoprtunity to educate the public on boating safety and survival at sea.

Al Watts
Minneapolis, MN

KLFinPhilly   March 4th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Im a PR professional and before we put ANYONE in front of news media we have them go through professional media training where the spend at least one full day or two, learning key messaging, a technique called "bridging" to get to your point, and how to communicate the one message you want the public to hear. Helvecio Ribiero was "media trained." I could tell from the first sentence he said and from his body language. His media training was piss poor because his story makes "0" sense. One does not need to pay child support when the child has been stolen and kidnapped. From a PR perspective Helvecio sounds like he did not believe in some of what he was saying... This is a very sad case and Larry, I hope you and your team will do what u can to keep this alive and help get Sean back to David. This is where the media can have so much power and I hope you will continue to keep up the good work. Thx for running this tonight. Due to the segment I’m sure David now was thousands and thousands of more supporters and followers. We just now need to keep it alive.

Nurse911   March 4th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

By the way, Mr. King Thanks for doing public service!!!! I always watch your stories....More power!!!

Neil   March 4th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Mr. Goldman's case is an absolute travesty of the Hague Convention. It's an outstanding legal document that is supposed to protect parental rights. My son was abducted by my ex-wife while on a visit to her parents and was flown clear across the country before I knew it. Because of the Hague Convention he was back with me within six weeks. I pray for David Goldman and hope that his legal rights to his son will finally be recognized by Brazilian courts.

Is this case dragging on because Sean's "step-father" is a lawyer and has "influence" in Brazilian courts?

Good for you Larry for bringing Mr. Goldman on your show...I'm sure it will help his case. I have to say though you were out of place for being the only one not giving Helvecio Ribeiro a tounge-lashing for his ridiculous comments.

Marcos   March 4th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Thos any buddy remember the litter Cuban boy
Until happen in your kitchen you wily do not now, what happen!
But I have a question for the father, why just now? why when the mother was live he never went to Brazil to talk to the mother?
But my real question is why wend she called and told him about the divorce he never went to Brazil to talk and try to resolve the case with the mother?
So far the charge of kidnap, is so fraudulent like my right !!!

Gina   March 4th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Child support? Biological parents here in the United States have to pay strangers (kidnappers, villagers). The Hague treaty is needed here in the United States for biological families if abuse is not involved.

Pauliz   March 4th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Liz Maldonado March 4th, 2009 9:36 pm ETYour comment is awaiting moderation. My husband could not see his son for nine years, because his ex-wife, the mother, had a new husband who was rich, got a lawyer who knew people in the court , and was a Judge Pro Tem in the same courthouse, and even though eventually his son came to live with him when he was thirteen, the system kept CHARGING him child support, and even though they went to court again in 2005, support still kept being charged. She had an arrest warrant out from INS, and there are pictures of child abuse and adult abuse, and she lied under oath, only to mention a FEW things. There is SO MUCH MORE involved, with illegal activites on HER side, BUT NO ONE WANTS TO LISTEN TO ME OR HIM! I cannot see my husband since he cannot get a passport due to this illegal who came to the USA, as I live in South America where my work is, and my family is. This woman had four children by three different fathers, paid off an agency in her country to leave for U.S., committed perjury under oath in a couple court cases, including his divorce-custody case and Immigration case. YET she is now a citizen (she got angry because he pulled his petition when he found she married him for a green card and not for love), and has a U.S. passport, but he cannot access one! Why is it this country of the U.S. does absolutely NOTHING to really help men, but cater to other countries and woman and illegals????????

Diane   March 4th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

How disgusting that you would interrupt your interview with David Goldman to announce the news about Barbara Bush!! How tacky, rude and insulting. Mr. Goldman tried to share a very serious and painful issue, but Mr. King just had to keep up with the "Breaking News". I have lost all respect.

Susan   March 4th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Child support expected from the father of a child who had his child kidnapped? How could Uncle Evil say that with a straight face? Shame Shame Shame!!!

James Dougherty   March 4th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I have been living a very similar nightmare for the past twentyone years which ruined my life by shattering my relationship with my son who was only five when his mother absconded with him from Atlanta to Seattle. Her machinations were absolutely malevolent in destroying my connection with my cherished child. This Brazilian woman's criminal behavior has outdone even my exwife in her selfish disregard for her son and her apalling egocentricity which also seems to infect her inane brother. I hope Secretary of State Clinton will continue to press Brazil to restore Sean to David Goldman as soon as possible. If you could provide an address to send a contribution I would like to help in some modest way as I feel great empathy for the travesty that Mr. Goldman and his son have had to endure.

patricia   March 4th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

I'm sorry for your plight. the Brazilian govt is really corrupt & the $$$ and friendships rule the roost. It will take time to change and you have already lost alot of time with your son and $$ to frustration. I used to speak well of Brazil in 84-86 but no longer.
by Patricia

Lisa Harris   March 4th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

A father has every right to raise his son.

Laura Smith   March 4th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

It is an outrage that this Father has not been given his son back. The boy was born in New Jersey!!! He is an American citizen. This is the worst story. I cannot beleive this has taken over four years and still the boy is in Brazil. There should be no question, no hesitation, this boy should be back in the USA with his Father and there should be a strong message made to Brazil and other countries–American Children ARE Americans and are not to be stollen or sold or else!!!!!!!

Do something about this!

Chris   March 4th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

mmmmmmm!Larry life jackets taken off in the water ?No bodies found except the one holding on to dear life who looks like he just came out the spa I'm sorry I smell something fishy.

Shan, Campbell River, B.C.   March 4th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Please provide an address where we can donate to help Mr. Goldman out.

Denise Lord   March 4th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

I was sickened to hear the Uncle of David Goldman's wife tell the slanderous take on David. Gee think about it to prove you are a good father in his eyes you would attempt to pay a kidnapper child support!
It makes me furious and I can't imagine how it made the father feel.
What a travesty! They better be "very worried" and thank God David has launched a successful campaign to do what is right and get his son back. The true test of DAvid Goldman was achieved when he didn't share the details of why he hadn't been able to see his son, does anyone have any idea of how difficult that was but he did it because it served the best interest of the child. Shame on the country of Brazil . BOYCOTT IT!!!!!

MM   March 4th, 2009 10:18 pm ET


I am astounded that Elian Gonzales (sp?) was returned to Cuba, and we, the strongest country in the world, can't put enough pressure on the powers that be to have Sean Goldman brought home.

It is so incredibly sad that both Sean and Mr. Goldman have missed out on 1/2 of Sean's life and that this has probably taken years off of Mr. Goldman's life.

It brings to light a dark side of separation/divorce that I see all too often; parents who try to erase the memory of another parent from a child's mind. It is ignorant to think one can succeed, but it happens constantly around the world. What sickens me is the fact that Mr. Goldman would probably do his best to make sure that Sean continues to have a relationship with his 1/2 sister, whilst he is treated so terribly. My guess is that in Brazil they are waiting until Sean is old enough to testify and state whatever they fill his head with (i.e. he can't leave his half sister). His stepfather and his mother's family obviously hold anger, resentment and hatred for Mr. Goldman, as was indicated when the brother spoke tonight. It would be naive to think they don't express these feeling to Sean.

Donna Bernard   March 4th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

His son should be home by Sunday, if not sooner.
This is outrageous.
Similar to Elian Gonzales...and we gave the child back.
The boy should never have been taken, but now that the mother has passed, there is no further discussion. Brazil should be ashamed.

S   March 4th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Marco, perhaps you should be more informed before making comments..the father DID try to see his son and has been shut down at every opportunity by a manipulative group of thieves..he has been played like a puppet for years by these people and the real story is very ugly indeed..this man deserves his son back..he has been through hell and back and I feel he will get his boy back without a doubt

Tracey Bradshaw   March 4th, 2009 10:19 pm ET




annette   March 4th, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Travel to Brazil – we traveled to Rio De Janiero in December 2008, which was very traumatic experience for us because we were held in the airport for eight hours under guards due to our visas. We were not allowed to communicate with our son who was traveling with us and he had the appropriate documentation, so they forced him to leave airport and kept us away from any contacts with him for several hours, finally we were able to send him a text message and tell him where to go in Rio De Janiero. We were treated very rudely by the Brazilian officials and they didn't handle us in a respectable and professional manner. This is how the Brazilians handle U.S. citizens, and that's the reason they are treating Sean as well, this a power play with them

S   March 4th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

My heart goes out to you James D!

Norman Forde   March 4th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

I cannot believe that 3 grown men would have gone out to sea over 25 miles in a 21" keelless power boat in such rough weather. If it was a sailboat, they may have had a chance to survive getting hit by a large wave but in the described seas, any wave over 4 feet could have flipped that boat which is exactly what happened. The one survivor was wearing his PFD which kept him afloat but I understand the others took theirs off. Why they did I guess we will never know. As a sailing instructor, I constantly stress to students the importance of watching the weather and how quickly it can change. An experienced sailor would have had his hands full trying to keep a 21" sailboat afloat and back to port in that kind of weather.

Joyce   March 4th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

How does a nationwide boycott of tourist travel to Brazil get started?
I have no idea myself, but if someone could come up with an idea how to do, I think it would have an effect on Brazil obeying international laws. I think tourists would avoid Brazil if more Americans knew that it protects the kidnappers of American children. We're already being warned about traveling to Mexico because of all the kidnapping going on there. I know this is different by Brazil is breaking laws and has no RESPECT for Americans.

MattZ   March 4th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

I really hope it's the weblog software that writes all the bad grammar and spelling errors into these comments, or else it's a pretty sad commentary on the state of US literacy. But I sure feel for that father, unless there's much more to the story than meets the eye.

alex   March 4th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

the interview with David Goldman seemed cut off. Larry looked like he was in a hurry – not very empathetic. like he had other places to be.

geo   March 4th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

keep away from Brazil..don't fall in love w/smone from that country ..sad...

Regan Montgomery   March 4th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Hello Mr. King. I hope everything works out for this child he should be placed with his biological family. I been through a 8 years battle with the department of children & families for my grand daughter. I hope this father fights for his son. He will feel like something is missing just knowing his child is not with him. Please keep fighting I understand what you are going through but regardless what any one says or do please DON"T give up.I been trying to get some one to listen to our family.Our grand child is in a foster home where the foster parents locked a child in a cage they made out of a play pen. they tied her feet with medical tape, put a lid on top with some ply wood drilled holes in the corners and placed bungis cord in the holes to hold it down so the child couldn't get out. these parents were charged but they the system allowed these monster the rights to adopt my grand child and took away my son rights . I am her biological grand mother and this isn't about money it's about a child growing up knowing the truth. yes we love her dearly and I will never walk away.I tried to get help from 152 senators but no one tried to help me. these parents were charged by the state with neglect/abuse for locking Savannh in a cage. another child was taken,they were shut down and I was told they could never have another child. Please no matter what do not give up. I know what you are going through. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my grand child her name is Diamond. Channel 8 investigator Alan Cohn did a story he tried to help us but I was asked to give them time to check into the matter. I am still waiting. If there is any thing I can do please let me know.I wish youall the luck.I will keep you in my prays. God bless you and your family. Mrs montgomery

Carol Barchard   March 4th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Why hasn't the rescued friend of the 3 missing hasn't provided more information as to how he managed to be saved? and his friends are missing????Surely he's the one that can answer what happened to the others.

lifeisgood   March 4th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Sean rhymes with pawn. And that's what the horror of a family has made of this precious little boy. The demand for child support would be no different than if Mohammad Atta's mother demanded a refund from United Airlines for her son's airfare. In fact the Brunas are just as bad as the 9/11 terrorists because David's son IS ALIVE and yet David is forced to count the mounting days that he cannot see, talk, hug, or love his baby boy.

Debora Fortunato   March 4th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Justice or should I say injustice in brazil is no different than here. My husband's ex wife was in Bridgeport, ct and she and the oldest daughter decided to go to court to cry and lie about him. When he said anything, his side was desregarded because they felt sorry for them and he was the bad guy. I felt in the nineteenth centrury. I told them brazilian women are vicious, but the court just decided to vtake their side as though ex wives were uncapable of lieing and were always the victim. Now she is in brazil and still trying everything to get back at him, even to get him to sign away all the properties he bought during their marriage that she never worked, even inside the house.

laura   March 4th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

larry, What an outrage, and injustice. Does the Ribeirio family think anyone could possibly believe their " spokesman"? Is it responsible to take a child out of the country under false pretenses? Bruna knew exactly what she was doing and it is called kidnapping! and a question to Mr. Ribeira What color is the sky in your world?

Nancy   March 4th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

We should BOYCOTT BRAZIL, The govenment must step in NOW

Gerald Sanchez   March 4th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Why was the uncle of the child (Ribierio) allowed to comment on Brunna's unavailability to defend herself due to her passing. Defend herself against what? Her chracter is not in issue. She's gone.! The issue is the son should be with his biological father, after being abducted through manipulation by the mother (Brunna) in going back to Brazil for whatever reason. Sounds like some kind of fraud or misrepresentation on the part of the mother; and certainly some kind of colusion between the stepfather-lawyer in Brazil, the courts and the deceased Brunna. Something smells very bad!

Jer   March 4th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

LARRY!!!! THE WHOLE SHOW SHOULD HAVE BEEN DEDICATED TO DAVID!!!!!!!! Thanks Mr. Ribeira for proving tonight that this evil family is crazy too!!!!!!!!

George   March 4th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

I think a search and rescue operation should go forward. The Brazilian
legal system is not in the 21st century. Also, bring back the step-father to US so we can all spit on him.

Gil Gonzales   March 4th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

All I can say is .. David keep your chin up! Never lose hope! May God give you the strength you need and you will be reunited with your son. Ultimately, Bruna was taken from this earth for a reason and it seems that the family is oblivious to it!
As for the country of Brazil, I voiced my opinion on the Brazilian Government website Ministry of External Relations. LET THEM HAVE IT!

Hope Wolff   March 4th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Please, please keep this story going -please ask all your friends in the media to keep it in the limelight.
This is just plain wrong-Shame on the Brazilian government.
The State Department can't let them get away with this.
My prayers are with David Goldman and his family.
Thank you

suzanne   March 4th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

a few points...

the uncle was ridiculous!!!

Bruna is on TAPE saying what a GREAT FATHER she thought DAVID WAS TO SEAN!!!

the whole show should have been about this case...this is very important and much more time should have been allotted to discuss it... best wishes to Mrs. Bush, but this is not shocking news!!

Judith   March 4th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

diane i agree with you, its clear that this network has more concern with he bush family, a family that put us in his mess than they do american citizens, also, they like to cut out criticism about bush, i guess they only want nice things said about him, which is why i don't even watch tv anymore, the only reason i was on there tonight was because of my grandmother coming for a visit and getting involved in this kidnapping story.

Alex   March 4th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

It's ironic that in 2000, the US returned Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba and yet in 2009, Brazil won't reciprocate.

These type of abductions also happen within the US. A wife/mother (or father for that matter) can take off with a child without the other parent's permission to either another city or even state. Hence, the passage of time establishes "squatter's rights" with the absconding parent making it more difficult for the parent left behind to gain custody or even bring the child closer to his/her original home.

The laws are vague and enforcement is subjective–both on state and federal levels. Couple this with the unpredictability of a foreign country's legal system and cases like David Goldman's appear.

Tonight, the Brazilian spokesperson on Larry King Live repeatedly interjected visitation and child support payments as being litmus tests in determining a father's fitness for regaining custody. This was done so to evoke the strong and prevalent American stereotype of "bad fathers are those that don't pay child support or exercise visitation" in hopes of garnering American support. Hopefully it brings to light that Brazil, being a signatory to the Hague Convention, has a duty to immediately return the child since his abduction and these new arguments are baseless, PR maneuvers and stall tactics.

A father, such as David Goldman, can easily be jailed while visiting the country of his child's residence. Many people don't realize this but if a child support enter is ordered and not complied with, a father traveling to the country to visit his child can easily be arrested and jailed. Come now a father's battle to clear his name and you're talking potentially years of litigation and hundred's of thousands in legal fees. And good luck if the State Department comes to your rescue.

This is a wake-up call for all men in America to think twice before conceiving a child whether with an American or a foreigner. The laws are not geared necessarily for fairness or justice but instead to further enrich the legal system while weakening the American family and the father's role– the American father who is the greatest "check and balance" to a government is no longer.

Each red-blooded American should be appalled that one of our fellow countrymen, Sean Goldman, is not only held from his father against his will but also is denied returning to his country of birth.

SAO   March 4th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I'm Brazilian, this case make me feel so bad.

Fernanda F.   March 4th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

This uncle's statement made no sense AT ALL! Pay child support to the kidnappers??? WHAT??? He should have done his home work before going on air slandering David. How dare this family lie so much!!!! SEAN NEEDS TO BE SENT BACK TO USA NOW! Enough of these lies!

Callie Raymond   March 4th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I was very happy to see David's story told to a national audience, but I was disgusted listening to Bruna's brother and his lies. I was also frustrated that they kept taking time away from David to bring the same updates about Barbara Bush's surgery, even having to hear from her surgeon that the surgery was a success. I know links are not allowed here, but there is a website you can access to try to help David's cause and learn more about the case. You can find it by doing a search in Google for Sean Goldman and you will find the 'Bring Sean Home' website.

Nancy   March 4th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Please give David and Congressman Smith more time to discuss the case and the FACTS. This case needs continued world attention. It is urgent that Sean be reunited with David IMMEDIATELY. Please help and air this story again ASAP

Teresa Taffe   March 4th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

LKL thank you for bringing a voice to so many men who are fighting battles of custody for thier children. In the United States as well as abroad. I emailed about my son going thru a custody battle with the courts here in Kansas. My next comment is not meant to demean Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. But I question her judgement because she appointed Judge Lynch of Wyandotte Kansas to the bench in 2006. Judge Lynch has wronged my son in so many ways its unbelieveable not to mention the money she's cost the tax payer by intentionally violating laws regarding minors K.S.A. 38-1111. I have to wonder how would Kathleen Sebelius feel if her life was turned upside down by being publicly associated with this Judge she appointed to the bench. Especially after being considered Secretary of H&HS. When you have no money and little resources to afford over priced attorneys nobody seems to care about what parties of the courts do wrong. Noone seems to care even when the law states you have rights. But it seems lately the only people who get attention are the ones with scandals associated to them. What has our country come to? Have people grown completely heartless!

Fernanda F.   March 4th, 2009 11:05 pm ET

You can learn more about David's story and help David with donations on the website campaign (that we cannot post here), but just do a google search.

Art hoffman   March 4th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

My wife and I have been drawn to mr. goldmans case since it aired on dateline a few months ago. On that show his wifes friends were on the show showing support for Mr. goldman. I believe one wasa teacher they both talked about what a great dad Mr. golman is to his son and none of them saw this coming.They also discussed that Sean supposedly step dad was a high power attorney who had alot of power. He some how managed to stop the media in Brazil from talking or printing anything related to this case. I was a single dad for a while so this hits home for me.Larry I think it was great that you had him on your show but I dont feel like you did him much justice. You never let mr.goldman answer the uncles false claims when he was making these statements you would go to mrs bush story.Dont get me wrong Im glad she is doing well. I just think Mr. golman got the raw end of this deal. Im just a middle class man trying to keep my home .I would do anything I could to help this young man reunite with his son he shouldnt have to pay child support when his son was kidnapped. there is definately something wrong with our system .....

Colette   March 4th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

The Bring Sean Home group is dedicated to sharing the truth about David Goldman's story. The version from Bruna's uncle is a complete fabrication! At what point will the Lins e Silva family stop with the manipulation and gain some integrity???

Maristela A Shervington   March 4th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

I'm brazilian and Im sick of my stomach..The Bruna's uncle is a liar,and I cannot wait to see David and Sean living together,and so far away from all those snakes.

Mare Farrell   March 4th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

This story is an absolute outrage. I have been following David's story and can see and feel his sincerity. It's written all over his face. As soon as I heard this Brazilian uncle I almost LOST IT!!!! That really takes some nerve to get on the air waves and say the things he did against David.
When asked what the step-father did for a living and he said he was a lawyer it explained a lot. I don't trust this family.
I pray that justice prevails.
Maybe Nancy Grace should handle this one, Larry!!

Catherine Perry   March 4th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

It is too late for the live show. I am watching my recording of tonight's show regarding the custody battle for a child. What I went through in 1983 defies imagination. I lost my children to a Moroccan, and my son, living with his father, took his own life at age 17. My daughter attempted suicide in January 2005. She is alive and relatively well, though terribly scarred emotionally, as am I. For 25 years now, my life has been a nightmare with respect to my children, and it's not over. There are so many things to say. I wish I had the support of the media in 1983...

Rosa   March 4th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Larry can you post clips from this episode, I would really appreciate it. Although I did not see this episode this evening on David Goldman as I was unable to, I have been following his story and its tragic and I hope that something will come of all this publicity and logic soon. This man deserves his son back!!!!

Rob   March 4th, 2009 11:22 pm ET

Dear Larrry King/CNN: Please do an expose' on the many fathers who are suffering a similar fate with their children in this country especially and also, perhaps a separate story, on children overseas . The public at large I believe is not aware of the pain and suffering that many fathers are going thru from all walks of life and races because of their estranged wife's or child's mother's behavior as it relates to their son(s) and/or daughter(s).

sean   March 4th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

Larry, this was the last straw. Seeing the representative from the mothers family pushed me over the edge. I am literally livid right now thinking about what Bruna and her family have done to this boy, let alone the father. I am a single male, no kids, and have never been so outraged at what seems to be a corrupt and lazy legal system in Brazil which takes no accountability for its citizens actions nor the well being of a child. David, stay strong, you have the backing of at least one more person. I hope you and your son can move past this scam and live happy lives.

Best regards.

Rosa   March 4th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

Mr. King, you must devote the whole show to David Goldman and his story. Apparently, some things should be more important. Yes I heard from comments that Mrs. Bush came into the scene more often than necessary. Well, her husband hasn't been in power for a while now. Make the statement talk a few minutes or so about that and be done with it. Like how old is she?? Not like its something that would not have been expected at her age??? Please life is short as it is, why not focus on the little ones that need your help and media coverage???

John   March 4th, 2009 11:32 pm ET

Boy, did this story ever stir up a Beehive! The young lady who responded to my earlier comment is correct. I have not been following this story and have no personal knowledge of right or wrong. I hate to say this but so many people have been harmed when getting married to someone from another country. Once there is a dispute, the one with foreign credentials simply has to take the child (children), get on a plane for home, and chances are they will never have to answer for what they have done. I know you can't control who you fall in love with but if you do marry someone from another country, you need to consider in advance the possibilities of what might happen should you and your spouse have a serious disagreement.

José Matos - Indaiatuba-SP-Brazil   March 4th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

What I saw was just a show that has no legal weight in the Brazilian courts. What is discussed is a case of abduction trimmed by an international treaty. Resolved that, the Brazilian law stipulates that child has to stay with their parents. David is the father. The Lins e Silva is just a mirror of brasilian hypocrisy.

Diane Curtis   March 4th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

I just don't get this whole thing, especially the "dude" in Brazil stating that Dad did not try ... What about MOM that ran to another country, obviously she had a motive/plan. I am sorry she is no longer around to express her opinion, but it was clear in my mind that her opinion was to "DOG" dad. Why do people have to be subject to kind of BS !!!
If she was any kind of a MOM, should would have stayed in the US, worked all this out and then departed, she knew where to run and hide and I so hope GOD will prevail regardless of the Courts.

A. H.   March 4th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

Mr.King this is the most important thing in Mr. Goldmans life and you failed him.Between the crazy uncles comments that he was unable to respond to and mrs. Bush updates every fivemin. I dont feel like you represented mr. goldman at all. I feel you personaly owe him another night just for him. Do you have children Larry?

Isabel   March 4th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

No matter how the Bianchi/Lins e Silva people spin it, there is NO EXCUSE for Bruna's criminal behaviour. To take a child away from his father simply because she was fed up with living in New Jersey and prefered the socialite life she could have in Rio, shows she was immature and selfish. That her family aided her in this, shows that the whole family has difficulty understanding basic concepts such as decency, morality, family.

Obviously, David Goldman should not pay child support when he had been awarded custody of the child in a NJ Court. Obviously David Goldman was not going to pay child support to a woman that kidnapped his child, when there was a court order for her to immediately return the child to the US!

As for the claims that David only became interested in Sean 6 months ago, I wonder if Mr. Ribeiro does not realize that court documents are filed and kept on record. There is evidence that David Goldman has been fighting for his son for over 4 years.

Mr, Ribeiro, I understand very well the concept of family, and therefore can even understand why you would attempt to defend the undefendable, but did it ever occur to you and your family that David is Sean's family and that they had a right to be together? Your niece was a selfish, spoiled woman, as far as I am concerned, and even after her death, your family seems to have learned nothing. You would think that this tragedy would make you all try to right a wrong, instead you perpetuate the attrocity committed by the boy's mother. Shame on all of you!

Danilo Campos   March 5th, 2009 12:01 am ET

Each brazilian who watches or read about the Goldman x Lins e Silva case feels so sorry about all this!

The brazilian union attorney , along with the Human Rights Office are struggling agains Lins e Silva!As a matter of fact it's not a fight between US and Brazil, it's a Brazilian and American fight against those evil Lins/Bianchi!

David, ur fight won't be forgotten!!Lins/Bianchi ur cruelty won't be forgiven!

Lauro Silva-Brazil   March 5th, 2009 12:02 am ET

Larry, since early 2005 we´ve been facing with an  our daughter´s complicated matrimonial question in Athens, Greece, demanding either my or my wife personal presence there. According to the experience we´ve been getting on that case,so far, I´d say this: 01-  comments and opinions from others don´t help any but from witnesses. 02- The US Embassy, in Brasília, must be completely aware of the case by either Mr. Goldman or his legal representative, It´s of extreme importance to have available evidences and witnesses testifying the event. Mrs. Clinton´s intervention no doubt would come in handy a lot. As far as I know, the mother , with her son, had come to Brazil for vacation and once here , she got in touch with Mr. Goldman saying she wanted to get a divorce. Eventually,she got remarried here in Brazil and unfortunately she died last year. Mr. Goldman has to confirm he´s a good father and that their matrimonial relationship had been quite normal. Larry, I´m very close to the daily news watching TV every evening and I haven´t as yet heard anything about the case. ´Why? I don´t know. That´s strange to me! 03- After that, Mr. Goldman, in accordance with the Embassy, will start a lawsuit claiming his son´s abduction.  Where do the boy and his stepfather live, by the way? The police can easily find out if necessary. I believe the case will end up well.

Ron   March 5th, 2009 12:03 am ET

I don't think that Barbara Bush's surgery was important enough to shorten the time spent on David Goldman's story. While we wish her no harm, she did mother the stupidest and most inept president in history, for which she should take some blame.
If political means do not resolve the Goldman case, what would be the next step? I suggest asking the Ribeiro guy to leave the country as he is not respectful of the laws of the United States. I would also suggest a short ban on visitors from Brazil until the child is returned. Many wealthy Brazilians hide money in the US. They like to know that they have free access to it and a ban would get news coverage in Brazil.

J. Juarez   March 5th, 2009 12:03 am ET

I was very disappointed in your show today relating to David Goldman's case. I have been following David's case since it was aired on Dateline. You invited that Helvecio Ribeiro character to your show and he wasted precious time in which David could have shared his story. Having Helvecio did not add any value to the show...he shared distorted allegations and ignorant statements relating to the case. Helvecio Ribeiro believes in funding a of his arguments was that David should have paid child support. Really?? Where did you find this man?? The man clearly did not know the facts of the case. He did not know what he was talking about and he was given precious time that should have been allocated to David, who was interrupted with numerous updates.

I always watch your program and I think you did a poor job tonight. I hope you consider giving David another chance to share his story with the world so we can finally achieve justice and bring Sean Goldman home.

-David Goldman supporter

Ana Claudia   March 5th, 2009 12:04 am ET

Hi Larry,

Thanks in have David Goldman's case on air. I'm a Brazilian citizen living in new York and married to an American citizen. I complete disagree in how Bruna Bianchi took away the kid from his father. I think independent of any of their marriage issues ( if they had some) the kidnapping should never happened. Unfortunately, this type of cases, reflect in how the Brazilian law can unfairly treat such serious situation, tendencing the law towards wealthy Brazilian citizens interests. It's sad that a family issue have to take such enormous proportion in order to be resolved. In few years, Sean will be able to complete understand the whole situation. I just think the whole thing is a terrible image Bruna left to her son.. It's terrible sad. As a Brazilian, I would like to say that I feel ashamed. I truly believe most of Brazilians agree that Sean should return to his biological father. In Brazil, the case has been forbidden in all media by Lins e Silva and Bruna's family.
Wishing my best to David and Sean Goldman.

Larry, please can back with David's case again in the air!

Nancy Hart   March 5th, 2009 12:09 am ET

How could this happen? Unbelievable! Something needs to be done immediately to reunite this child and real father. Immediately. I can't imagine what this poor man has gone thru. Keep fighting.

Andrew McFadden   March 5th, 2009 12:10 am ET

Good show but disjointed. The show did a GREAT DIS-SERVICE to David Goldman by neglecting to provide the name and URL of the web site that is coordinating the campaign to reunite father and son. I can't even find a link on any LKL web page. That is simply DISGRACEFUL!

I assume I cannot write the URL of the web site here but all people need to do is search these 3 words BRING SEAN HOME

Bridget   March 5th, 2009 12:13 am ET

In regards to the son taken to Brazil, what has the stepfather had to say about all of this? What sort of progress has Hilary Clinton made with all of this? This is such a heart wrenching story! A biological father and son belong together. Best of luck to the father.

Helga   March 5th, 2009 12:14 am ET

You say when you spoke with Bruna you did not recognize her voice, are you sure it was she whom you were talking to?

Colette   March 5th, 2009 12:15 am ET

To Lauro Silva,
The reason you have not heard about David Goldman's case is because there is a gag order in Brazil and the media is not allowed to air this story. Other custody cases are open to the public? Could this gag order be due to the wealth and influence of the Lins e Silva family in Brazil???

Ann Bonawitz   March 5th, 2009 12:18 am ET

I think you should take up a collection to help out David's father with his astronomical expenses caused by trying to get his son back. I would donate to it.

Randy Collins   March 5th, 2009 12:23 am ET

I can relate to Mr Goldman's situation. My wife abducted my 5 year old son and fled to Japan in June 2008. Japan does not recognize the Hague Convention. I have not heard from or seen him since Father's Day last year. Over 20,000 children have been abducted by Japanese citizens in the past 10 years. When is the US going to fight for these children?

Michael Magellan   March 5th, 2009 12:24 am ET

The rule of law. Isn't this a principle followed by civilized nations?
There is a regular judicial process going on now.
Brazil has laws and a sophisticated judicial system.
If we embark on this populist approach - interview with Larry King - every time we dislike another nation's decision based on law, we are advocating disrespect for the rule of law.

Linda   March 5th, 2009 12:27 am ET


What a story! It reminds me of the Elian Gonzales case – the US returned Elian to his biological father in Cuba, remember??? Elian had been asked to say by the Miami family that he did not want to be with his dad! After being returned to his father's arm he said he had always wanted to come home to his dad.

Please we need to hear more about this story!!

Bob   March 5th, 2009 12:29 am ET

Been through the same thing in Spanish Courts. Biased and had my situation taken place in the US no doubt the mother would be in jail. She denied paternity, later accused me of abuse....the whole enchilada. I stay the course and care for my daughter. Hang in there Papa!

Bernard Craing from Minnesota   March 5th, 2009 12:29 am ET

Larry as a father I think he should have the custody of his kids. The family shouldn't have say he's the biological father.

Tom Ragan   March 5th, 2009 12:29 am ET

CNN – Please get this message to David...we were roomates in college and lost touch years ago. David – I am still living in Virginia and still in touch with a lot of the guys from college. How can we help? Please get in touch.

Michael Magellan   March 5th, 2009 12:30 am ET

The rule of law. Isn't this a principle we abide by?
This case is being judged in court, due process and all.
Brazil has laws and and a western, conventional judicial system.
Let's respect the rule of law and await for a legal decision.
If subjects like this are treated in a populist approach - Larry King interviews - we are disregarding the rule of law.

Gilbert   March 5th, 2009 12:30 am ET

unfortunately, custodial battles are quite common when parents are divorcing. The best interest of the child should always prevail, which is to grant joint legal AND physical custody to both parents.

Abhi S   March 5th, 2009 12:30 am ET

Is the spokesman for the stepfather serious?
I'm pretty sure the biological fathers concern is not about money. He's already spent 360 thousand dollars trying to get his son back. He doesn't want money, he wants his son.
not the "social fathers".
The spokesman for the stepfather should kill himself for actually believing that the biological father should not get his son back.

G. Anderson   March 5th, 2009 12:31 am ET

It's all about David, trying to make him look bad.

But look what he's done, he's spent his whole life trying to get his son back.

But, the family hasn't said why did they need to keep him from his son?

I think they are hiding something about themselves.

Wilma McClanahan   March 5th, 2009 12:31 am ET

I think that we are forgetting what is best for the child. Are we really willing to up root the child from the only family he knows? He knows the stepfather as his "dad" and that he has siblings with that family. Let's not forget that the child has just lost his mother. Why make him suffer another loss by taking him from the family he knows as his own and the country he calls home?

And why fight for the custody of the child now? I think Bruna's brother brings up some really valid points.

Noel Gavarrete   March 5th, 2009 12:32 am ET

The father should have the custody of the boy regardless of what the mother family says.
the boy need to be back in the US. where he belongs

Pietro Sirianni   March 5th, 2009 12:32 am ET

I bet Limbaugh said he hopes this man fails because he is a bleeding heart liberal!

Give the man his child back before we just go over there take him.

Autumn   March 5th, 2009 12:32 am ET

Why should this man pay child support to the man who refuses to give him back his son?! He is already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to get his son back, wouldn't you call that child support?

Renata   March 5th, 2009 12:33 am ET


thanks for airing David's story. I feel "uncle Helvecio" did David a big favor, because all accusations from Bruna's family are a bunch of lies.

By the way, I am a Brazilian, married to an American man and we have a son, I would NEVER do to my husband what this woman did to David. This is just absurd, and the family wants him to pay child support, this is laughable.

Everyone who wants to help, please search "bring sean home" and you will see the website. Please sign the petition. Thank you!

Robb J   March 5th, 2009 12:34 am ET


My brother and his wife wanted to move their family from North Carolina to Idaho to start over and get away from a verbally abusive grandmother. We put my sister-in-law and my nieces on a plane, brought them to Idaho while my brother stayed back to pack. The grandmother (her mom) went to a judge, made several false claims about my brother and his wife and was immediately given emergency custody. She tied it up in court for over a year. My brother just got custody back but the grandmother has visitation. They can't leave NC until this summer 1.5 years later. It gets worse...

Brian   March 5th, 2009 12:34 am ET

I feel for Mr. Goldman. I also had my son unknowingly taken from me and taken to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The mother and her atty. accused me in court of not loving my child for not sending financial support, even though she took him without my permission. I'm glad Secretary Clinton is helping him. Good Luck Mr. Goldman

alyssa   March 5th, 2009 12:35 am ET

question: Sean Goldman interview

No matter what you can say(or invent) against Mr. Goldman. IF he has done anything wrong or illegal he has to be judge by US laws.

Some family from some random country has NOT the right to keep an american kid and use dumb excuses to stop him from coming back to his family and his country.

pam   March 5th, 2009 12:35 am ET

I think he should get his son back and that no country should harbor these people who remove children without the other parents permission. A bio parent is a bio parent. I believe when one parent goes out of the country with a child, there should be a FORM that all airlines require proof of. That is signed by both parents granting permission for the child to leave the country with a parent for only the amount of time on the paper, signed and notorized. This way if that parent does not return there is a form (PROOF) that shows they agreed to return but didn't.

bokime etim   March 5th, 2009 12:35 am ET

Dear Larry,
I feel for him, i was once in a situation where my ex wife filed for divorce and took our child.
I see the pains & frustration amid the lies leveled against him.
Luckily i am now a part of our child's life (equal custody), our child is very possesive of daddy.
Tell him not to relent, things will turn out fine in the end.
Remember only those who persevere make it to the finish line.

Tim   March 5th, 2009 12:35 am ET

When are the laws going to be in favor of the good father's? I am in a custody battle now over my son who is 15 and wants to be with me but his mom is being totally unreasonable. We have to spend thousands of dollars on attorneys, plus child support and still can't have our children.

LH   March 5th, 2009 12:35 am ET

i went to a customdy battle time and time again, with my prior spouse. at the time he was cheating on me, and we had broken up. one day while i was at work, he came to my house and took my 5 month old son away from me, for 3 weeks. i did not see him or know about his where about. we had a mutual friend that he texted bragging about what he had done, and the reason being, is so that he doesn't have to pay child support if he had full custody of him. now 3 years later, i'm married to a man, that portrays a role model of a real man, and what a father should be. the biological father has not paid me any child support to help raise our son. the stepfather has been helping.

a father means more than just a sperm doner. it means being there for his son, and helping him raise him. even though the stepfather is not his biological father, he still have been there for the child, he has just as much right as his biological father.

bogdan ciobanu   March 5th, 2009 12:36 am ET

i doint speak very good english ,but the child is american citizen is simple,he was there for a vacation and his mother dyed so i think he got to get back in hes natal country where he was born .is like a citizen from a country go vacation somewhere and somebody dont lett you get back in your country ,other fact is that the child was very young he dont no whts happend so he is american citizen he got to live in his country.

Jill Sergeant   March 5th, 2009 12:36 am ET

This man is a DEADBEAT dad, yet people are willing to defend him? Did he care that he wasn't paying for his child to eat, have clothes, or a roof over his head...This person is nothing but a sperm donor and should be DENIED custody...Allow this child to stay with his step father who loves him and obviously has been more of a father to him than his "donor" dad...

Brazil obviously has better laws than we do about DEADBEAT DADS...they REQUIRE that a father pay, if NOT BYE!

Mike Dongvillo, Attorney at Law   March 5th, 2009 12:36 am ET

I have been a divorced father, and an attorney in child custody cases.

Its time to stop thinking that "child support" is really for the support of the child. Its really ex-spouse support since there is no accounting required for how those funds are used.

The idea that a parent, kept from their child, is showing no concern for their child when they do not pay "child support" is a bunch of hot air – trust me. Instead the funds usually make it easier for the "custodial" parent to pay for their efforts of keeping the child(ren) from their other parent.

jamie   March 5th, 2009 12:36 am ET

Larry I was disappointed in you tonight. Thank you for having David on, but you kept interrupting with Barbara Bush. David barely got to talk and you never had our email and ireport questions asked. You rushed the entire interview!! That uncle was a joke and you know it. YOU BETTER HAVE DAVID ON AGAIN BECAUSE MANY OF YOUR VIEWERS ARE UPSET!!!!!

bill   March 5th, 2009 12:37 am ET

also they send the brother is it? to talk on the if this guy was a "devoted" father like the real father that came on the show..why didnt the step father come on the show? is a child under 18 that leaves the country has to have permission by both parents..ever seen the movie Taken? he signed for her and him to leave for a vacation..not to stay there..its obvious her whole plan was to stay there once she got there..and the father didnt know..which would be kidnapping..or trickery...whatever you want to call it. i think he is a excellent father..and he should have his child..they basically abducted his kid..these people that were breifely involved with the mother now have this guys kid?..horrible..send in special opps..get the kid..

Bob   March 5th, 2009 12:37 am ET

It is a disgrace that the national courts treat the child as though he were an object belonging to Brazil. The child belongs to no one....the biological YES belong to the child and this father obviously recognizes his responsibility to his son. The Hague is useless!

Tony   March 5th, 2009 12:37 am ET

I cannot believe the utter nonsense from the spokesman for this little boys family.
The boy should be returned immediately and the Brazilian family should pay all the fathers bills.

Pam Bassler   March 5th, 2009 12:37 am ET

I have been going through a 4-year custody battle with my ex-husband. We have two boys (now ages 14 and 17) whom have been severly alienated from me and my family. Our boys will not speak to me at all or follow court orders for custody. In the California court system, time and money are the issues. The boys' father and new step-mom allow them to behave this way and do not support or encourage any relationship with me. I live less than two miles from them and attempt to see them at their sports events when I find out about them. They will not even look at me. We have 50/50 legal and physical custody but the Judge in our case knows that when we are dealing with this type of sociopathic parent who only cares about hate and revenge, there is nothing that the court can do to enforce orders. I will never give up hope that our boys will move forward. I will always love them unconditionally. The therapists, custody evaluator, and attorneys have not helped either. All biological parents should have access to their children. My children have been taken from me, they are just still physically close. Children must be allowed to love both biological parents.

Pam Bassler   March 5th, 2009 12:37 am ET

I have been going through a 4-year custody battle with my ex-husband. We have two boys (now ages 14 and 17) whom have been severly alienated from me and my family. Our boys will not speak to me at all or follow court orders for custody. In the California court system, time and money are the issues. The boys' father and new step-mom allow them to behave this way and do not support or encourage any relationship with me. I live less than two miles from them and attempt to see them at their sports events when I find out about them. They will not even look at me. We have 50/50 legal and physical custody but the Judge in our case knows that when we are dealing with this type of sociopathic parent who only cares about hate and revenge, there is nothing that the court can do to enforce orders. I will never give up hope that our boys will move forward. I will always love them unconditionally. The therapists, custody evaluator, and attorneys have not helped either. All biological parents should have access to their children. My children have been taken from me, they are just still physically close. Children must be allowed to love both biological parents.

mitchell   March 5th, 2009 12:38 am ET

Mitchell unplug your microwave you know what its the stove too think about the reflector dish on the stove element then you spray some cleaner

Connii   March 5th, 2009 12:38 am ET

This is horrible that this can happen and how they have taken so many years from this father and son. I am appauled, where is our justice? They should be busier searching for terrorists then racking up money spent on something like this. The uncle is ridiculous and heartless. They should be reunited immediately.

Linda   March 5th, 2009 12:38 am ET


I loved your posting. You chose all the right words!

I'm actually glad Mr. Ribeiro was a guest on the show. He made David look even better! The guy said a bunch of nonsense! The guys simply blew it for the Bianchi's and Lins e Silva! If that's their defense we have nothing to worry about!

carolina   March 5th, 2009 12:39 am ET

the representative says that goldman was right in not paying child support to the kidnapper. CHILD support goes to the CHILD, not the adult. why didn't he ever pay? why is he coming public now and not before? what is he hiding?

Nwakaego james   March 5th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Good evening Larry.I was invovled in a custody battle just similar to this case.(Nigeria and the US)
I believe the late womans family 100%.The man never cared for his son when his wife was alive and all of sudden he wants his son.
The child was not kidnapped.
This guy sounds just like my ex–same stories about hanging phones and refusing presents.
Please the child should remain with his step father and step sister.

Bob from New Brighton, PA   March 5th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Yes I have gone to court and fought for custody of my children. It's been 25 years ago now and in PA a man doesn't have much of a chance. I never missed a support payment or a chance to visit. In the end my son was sent back to me by my EX and he was in need of a lot of care when I got him. She was using him for a tool and the money she got for his support went to her and not him. He had medical problems and the clothes he had on his back when he came back to me. It's a tough fight but worth it.
This case you working on tonight reminds me of the custody battle with the boy from Cuba. It was right that his father got him back and if Brazil has any moral content they will send this boy back to his father. This boys mother sounds like she was a real piece of work and all rights of custody shoud have been given to his real father when she croaked. She used that little boy as a tool also and is probabl;y where she should be.
Where are all the screamers that were protesting when we sent the Cuban boy back to his father?

jess   March 5th, 2009 12:39 am ET

i guess spending $350k and his numerous visits to Brazil and his continuous fights to gain custody of his child apparently are all signs that David does not love his son.

PamfromAK   March 5th, 2009 12:40 am ET

My heart goes out to Mr. Goldman. It is obvious that the relative of the ex-wife does not know what he is talking about. Goldman is the biological farther, the child should go to him.The cousin talks about the "law" of child support, RIDICULOUS. The law states that the child should be with the BIOLOGICAL parent. And for the cousin to question the love for the child is stupid.

Michael Richter   March 5th, 2009 12:40 am ET

I have to say that the Brazilian Lawyer does not make sense at all. He says that David Goldman does not care about his child. Of course he cares about his child. He has spent over $360,000 on trying to get his son back. Look at him, he is hurt. If my child was stolen from me I would be in so much shock, I would not know what to do. I would not send the kidnappers money because I would not trust them to use it for my child. I would do my best to get my child back. And now the mother is deceased, he should have Sean back immediately. That lawyer is a horrible man. He has no concern for the well being of that child. He is just paid to say those horrible things. If he cared for the well being of Sean he would advise the step father to return the child to his rightful father. The Brazilian courts need to return that child. They are breaking the law and wrongfully holding this child. This is horrible and should have never happened. And by the way, that lawyer should never be allowed to practice because he is a horrible person.

Gladys   March 5th, 2009 12:40 am ET

Is ridiculous everything that Helvacio Ribeiro had said. Mr. Goldman has been trying to get his kid since Mona took him. Mr. Ribeiro is trying to justify the unjustifiable. What your family has done is illegal based on international law and morally WRONG.
I can only hope that the courts in Brazil will finally rule in favor of Mr. Goldman and return the boy back to his father.

clider   March 5th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Man are automatically ruled out of custody, we are not fighting for our rights to be with our kids, but a monster call judicial system that is more for woman than it is for man, is not equally for both parents, i had to proved innocent of all allegations of my ex, because i went in court already being guilty of not any wrong doing other than my ex cheated on me, the kids don't want to be with their mother but she send the police to get them back, which create a psycological and emotional distress. THE SYSTEM SUCKS. for man. the system promote women to cheat and the husband penalized by pating child support, so wamen don't see anythign wrong by cheating, but rather get compensated for.

bill   March 5th, 2009 12:41 am ET

i agree he needs to be more then just a sperm donor..and dont you think if the child was living with him he would get that chance? he has spent over a quarter million try and do that..the kid is in a different country for god sakes..yeah give him the chance to be the kids father and i gaurantee he can he be "there" for his son..his son is in BRAZIL..and yes has has been there 360 thousand dollars there..

Dave Lawrence   March 5th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Send the U.S.marines!! Are you kidding!!! what else does this poor guy have to do to get his son back!?

Ramon Collins   March 5th, 2009 12:43 am ET

This case is part of a worldwide new tradition of father's rights being ignored. The family that is holding the child should be charged in US Courts with frlony kidnaping. The guy who represented the stepfather on the show should be charged with accessory to kidnapping, just as if the father had kidnapped the child and left the country.

Brazilian Girl   March 5th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Where did this story come from? Why has it been 4.5 years before America knows about this ??? Where were you all reporters? This man, DAVID GOLDMAN needs our support now. This is a custody battle and their is no more time to be wasted. We need to pressure Brazil to cut the burocracy and give custody to DAvid just as fast as they gave custody to Mr. Lins e Silva when Bruna died. They can be fast when they want too.

Laura B   March 5th, 2009 12:44 am ET

My ex sister in law was allowed to withhold my niece and nephew for the past 12 years then when she found out that my brother was getting divorce she all of a sudden we where allow contact then when she did is now again withholding the children again.

The Courts allows when the Female is ordered to pay child support that they do not hold them accountable in making the monthly child support. My husband's exwife owes hundreds of thousand dollars and the Court that has the Court Order does not do anything to make her pay this back to us.

It is just very frustrating that we have laws and they are not followed if it be here in the US or like the Goldman. It just seems that Good one has to spends tens of thousands of dollars over & over and still the other parent is able to do what ever they want.

I hope that this will be handled quickly and effectively!

I wish Mr. Goodman only the best.

Jeffrey Lawton   March 5th, 2009 12:45 am ET

I can't believe that the representative for the biological family lives in my home city of Seattle, Washington. I watched another news program with recordings from the biological mother making threats to Mr. Goldman when his situation was first publicized. I believe the first step should be to have Mr. Ribeiro extradited from Seattle, WA because of his support for the country's blatant rejection of the rules of the Hague convention. I'll be making my own calls to our Washington Senators tomorrow so that hopefully in conjunction with Secretary of State Clinton's pressure on the Brazilian government to comply with the Hague convention our Washington Senators may be in a position to exercise additional pressure to reunite Mr. Goldman with his biological son.

Nitin Rai   March 5th, 2009 12:46 am ET

Im very sympathetic to David. I am glas Larry brought attention to this issue and having Alec Baldwin on his show in December who went through his own hell of custody battle for his daughter. This is a world wide sickness. The family law systems even in our country are unfairly biased against fathers and give majority of the time and custody to mentally ill mothers who use the children to seek revenge or cause pain to dads. Its the worse form of discrimination. Please anyone reading this call your own state representatives and ask them to change the custody laws in your state and make joint custody and equal parenting the law in cases of divorce. That is in the best interest of children. There are efforts underway in OR, WA, MI, IN, W VA, IA...We talk about Brazil being bad, the same exists in our own backyards and loving fahers are being denied the right to fully partake in the lives of their minor children.... Shameful!

Anna   March 5th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I would like to know the allegations that the mother made that made her feel she had to remove her son to another country. The little boy has now lived the majority of his life with his other family, and it seems like it is going to be very hard to get him returned to his biological father. If the father does win his case, how is this going to affect his son who has been away from him so long. I do believe that a child should always be with the biological family, however, if there are extenuating reasons that caused the mother to take the son away and go to Brazil, then that has to be taken into account. I feel bad for the father. I know it must also be very hard on the grandparents and their family. It is not a good situation for any one. God Bless them, and let whatever is best for the child be the winner.

Autumn   March 5th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Well we all know what would happen if Bush were still president we would be over there in three days because they had nuclear weapons and we would just kidnap Sean

Michael Millea   March 5th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I went through a situation similar to the one that David Goldman has had to endure. My children were held in Germany after my wife went there for a Christmas vacation. I managed to have them returned after seven months but only because I discovered that the US office of a German law firm had provided assistance to my wife (without my knowledge) before she left for Germany. When they were faced with the threat of disciplinary action (advising in an abduction is a cause for disbarment), they strongly advised my wife to return with the children. The courts in many countries do not enforce the Hague Treaty, despite having signed it. The US government needs to find other means to put pressure on these governments. The cost to US parents is very high and not enough is done to help them. My heart goes out to David. If he would like to talk to someone who has been through this trauma, he is welcome to contact me at my email and I will send him my phone number. He has been very strong and I am sure his son will appreciate it in years to come.

Jan Masenthin   March 5th, 2009 12:47 am ET

After watching and reading about David and his son, I have no faith in the Brazilian government's taking the proper legal and moral action by returning his son. However, I have every faith in Hillary - she will see that it happens. For God's sake, the child lost his mother and his father - what a cruel thing they are doing to him. My thoughts are with you, David. Larry, ask David if he will share the reunion with us?

Lucas Kotzias   March 5th, 2009 12:47 am ET

I'm really ashamed for this brazilian family and brazilian justice. I'm brazilian, my best wishes to David! I just saw this man speaking about David and he sounded like a disturbed man. Saying that David didn't pay for child support and accusing him of failing on being a father. His basicly tricked him to take their son to Brazil and was going to divorce him... She ended up dying. How can you expect him to pay child support? His SON was taken from him. Brazil's government should help David to bring his son back.

Laide   March 5th, 2009 12:48 am ET

to the extent that this father's story is true and he made efforts to be reunited with his son, I wish him the best of luck. My sister was involved in a similar situation but with a unique twist and my family sought assistance from many politicians including Hilary Clinton shortly before she became Secretary of State to no avail. Unfortunately in my sister's case, the country her children were kidnapped to was not part of the Hague Convention and the ironic twist was that her ex-husband took two of her daughters to Nigeria for what was supposed to be a short visit. He is a permanent resident of the US, returned to the US without the kids, and for nine years, my sister desparately fought many legal battles in the US and in Nigeria to get her children back. She went to Nigeria in August 2008 to get her children but was unable to get necessary travel documents, i.e. passports
·The US Embassy in Nigeria could not process her application because the children's father who also resides in NY intentionally and without any justification withheld his consent against the best interest and welfare of his daughters. I was amazed at the deferential weight given to the father especially in light of the fact that the children were residing in horrendous conditions and their welfare was compromised.
·After spending four months in Nigeria, my sister was finally issued emergency passports because her life and the lives of her children were threatened by the ex-husband who claimed he was going to pay off militia to hunt her down. We struggled with the Dept of State and as I mentioned tried to get attention of the media and politicians. We received a letter from Hillary Clinton's office indicating she was looking into the matter. Thankfully at the end of the four months, a new person took over the Embassy who was able to recognize the need for emergency passports.

Teresa   March 5th, 2009 12:48 am ET

Thank you CNN and Larry! I am absolutely outraged at this custody issue on the show tonight. Good luck to Mr. Goldman and please US Gov't keep the pressure on.

I've always thought Brazil would be a lovely place to go on vacation but I wouldn't go there now if the trip was free.

Elizabeth St Johns AZ   March 5th, 2009 12:48 am ET

it is more like WHY in The hell did David not go fight for his child?? now i have fought for mine in court it took 3 years and then another two for the DNA father to have his right taken in court BY THE STATE, see if you all have been in a really bad marriage (lots of beatings wife and kids and then have a judge give the kids to the wrong one and she get molested by him well dam no one dose nothing) ALL MOTHERS WILL PROTECTED THEIR CHILDREN IT IS WHEN THE SCREWED UP COURTS TAKE OVER THEY CAUSE MORE DAMAGE, MY LITTLE GIRL WILL NEVER GET BACK WHAT WAS TAKEN, AND HE IS WALKING THE STREETS RIGHT NOW THEY CAN'T BELIEVE A 8 YEAR OLD . GUESS WHAT ME AND MY NEW HUSBAND DO BELIEVE HER AND ALWAYS WILL. You need to understand that the child has bonded with the second husband (believe I'm very grateful for my second he loves these two as if they were his that's a true DAD, people who don't know about what hell we went threw they still say they look like him or act like him. SO NO THIS LITTLE ONE IS WHERE HE BELONGS THAT'S HIS DAD NOW AND FOREVER YOU CAN'T GO BACK. HE WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE CHILD IS READY TO SEE HIM. AND AS FOR Mrs Security your wrong don't take this child from the only parent left for him. PLEASE LARRY SEND THIS ON TO HER!!!!!
Elizabeth survivor

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LH   March 5th, 2009 12:49 am ET

mr attorney at law...

child support is not for me, but for my child. i haven't received any financial help with our son. i have a mortgage to pay, his school to pay for, food, clothes, home, and when he wants to go to Disneyland! i'm a single working mother..and he wants to claim that he loves his son, but he can't help pay for his school, clothes, food? at this point a what so called wanna be father like that, is just a sperm donor.

i cant understand why, he had spent 360 thousand, and still couldn't get in contact with his son? don't you think that is kind of off? there's something that the sperm donor is not telling. there had to be a legitimate reason why the mother took the child away from the father.. and she's not here to defend herself, how conveient for him!

LH   March 5th, 2009 12:50 am ET

mr attorney at law...

child support is not for me, but for my child. i haven't received any financial help with our son. i have a mortgage to pay, his school to pay for, food, clothes, home, and when he wants to go to Disneyland! i'm a single working mother..and he wants to claim that he loves his son, but he can't help pay for his school, clothes, food? at this point a what so called wanna be father like that, is just a dead beat, and he doesnt not own the title of a father.

i cant understand why, he had spent 360 thousand, and still couldn't get in contact with his son? don't you think that is kind of off? there's something that the sperm donor is not telling. there had to be a legitimate reason why the mother took the child away from the father.. and she's not here to defend herself, how conveient for him!

bill   March 5th, 2009 12:51 am ET

yup..i agree with autumn..send in a delta force team..get the back in 1 night...this has been going on to long..screw Brazil

Ben B.   March 5th, 2009 12:51 am ET

Yet another case of misandry. As a father, this story makes fell sad and angry, at the same time. I really hope our state department continues to intervene and pressure the Brazilian government to do what is morally correct. This child should be with his father. Anything less is a tragedy!

Mark   March 5th, 2009 12:52 am ET

That idiot representing the bruna family, how would he like having his son stolen from him? This is an outragous case kidnapping by one parent from another.

bill   March 5th, 2009 12:53 am ET

maybe the guy cant pay child support because he is in DEBIT 360 thousand dollars to see his son and to make sure his son still knows who he is..he is in debt 360 grand..guy doesnt have money up the ying yang...he charters a boat..what do you think this guy is made of money?

enrique gonzal;ez   March 5th, 2009 12:56 am ET

I had incredible the same nigthmare,the same month and year ,my wife(ex now),traveled to Brasil for vacation with my son 4 years old ,once she got there she decided to kidnapping my litlle boy.

Paula Van Wert   March 5th, 2009 12:56 am ET

This man should have his son. My son is going through a custody fight and when the money is not there the man loses the battle. Woman have all the rights when it comes to children. And believe it or not some fathers are the better parent. Courts have to stop siding with the mothers and realize fathers have feelings and love too. This is a sad story and I just hope Shaun is returned to his dad and his US family.

Arlene Regos   March 5th, 2009 12:57 am ET

David Goldman is a genuine loving father. How can ANYONE question his love for his child? I firmly believe that the Brazilian government should be financially responsible for paying for David's 4 + years of grief and all financial affairs related to attempting to get his son back. If the mother is not alive then the child should be in the care of his capable, loving and nurturing, natural father. No one should have to go through something like this. Thank you SO MUCH to all of David's supporters! This is the type of ordeal where the United Sates of America should step up to plate and fight for! My heart goes out to you David. I don't cry easily, but having seen this has broken my heart and I am willing to stand behind you in any way I can. (P.S. This is my 1st time commenting on a show EVER!)

Larry Kings' #1 Fan

Karen   March 5th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Regardless of what this uncle says this father did or didn't do the father has the right to the child. My question is how in the world can this mother not only take this child out of state, BUT out of the country and not come back.
I needed to move for work purposed from one state to the other and it would cause me and my ex-husband(my daughter's father)–who may I add doesn't even see her every other weekend and also we would be 2 1/2 hours apart and I was told I could only go if I GAVE custody of my daugther to her father. The man who had not even raised her, because I was choosing to leave. And let me add to this that half of my (my daughter's family) lives in the city I was moving to and my husband was murdered 1 year before that.
I in no way was trying to take time away from my exhusband having time with his daughter. I wanted to compensate for the 1 1/2 drive to meet for every other weekend by giving him a month in the summer, which he has no time in the summer.
AND why should this man pay child support? His son was taken to live in a foreign country. Not even the same freakin country! There would be no regular visitation schedule when the child is thousands of miles away.
And regarless of whether or not you get a divorce or not, you go into a divorce understanding that your soon to be ex spouse will have control over your life as the other parent until your child is 18.
I think this entire situation is rediculous and this uncle may have feelings about his family, but he odviously doesn't know divorce law in the United States very well.

grandmother in washington   March 5th, 2009 12:58 am ET

This story hits home for me, about 61/2 my grandson was taken to New Jersey by his father. The father had promised to marrry the mother, but on arrival to New Jersey he met another woman and they are now rising my grandson. They will not let my daughter see the child, but like Mr Goldman cse they want child support. When the child was taken it was suppose to have been on a temp basis but the father while in Jesey filed for custody of the child claiming he didn't know where the mother live. The court of New Jersey awarded custody to the father and now my daughter has not seen her son in over 3 years. It anger me to hear the attorney say how wrong this is for the father in Jesey (which I agree) by there is a young mother and grandmother in Washington who longs for a son and grandson. What is the difference, than a child being taken to Brazil away from the father and one being taken to New Jersey from the mother

Elizabeth St Johns AZ   March 5th, 2009 1:03 am ET

Dear Larry
oh yeah My ex husband played that card too!!! oh Im heart broken over my wife leaving me and taking my children, It work he got them for about 6 mouths and then my little girl who had not turned 8 told safe house staff what he had been doing to her. and it was a three year fight in hell for all of us. I thank god everyday he sent me my new husband he is and always will be their DAD!!!!

Please god help keep Sean with the only Dad he has ever know, he has already lost one parent he don't need too loose another!

"Mrs clinton believe me when i say it is in the best interest of this child too stay with Mothers new husband, That is the only Dad he has ever know!"

grandmother in washington   March 5th, 2009 1:04 am ET

This story hits home for me, about 61/2 my grandson was taken to New Jersey by his father. The father had promised to marrry the mother, but on arrival to New Jersey he met another woman and they are now rising my grandson. They will not let my daughter see the child, but like Mr Goldman case, they want child support. When the child was taken, it was suppose to be on a temp basis but the father while in Jersey filed for custody of the child, claiming he didn't know where the mother lived. The courts of New Jersey awarded custody to the father and now my daughter has not seen her son in over 3 years. It anger me to hear the attorney say how wrong this is for the father in Jesey (which I agree) by there is a young mother and grandmother in Washington who longs for a son and grandson. What is the difference, than a child being taken to Brazil away from the father and one being taken to New Jersey from the mother

bill   March 5th, 2009 1:04 am ET

another thing...the family that has him is obviously rich as hell..and they are claiming he is not paying child support? guys has been spending thousands..thousands that he doesnt have at in debt to have some what of a relationship with his son and to make sure his son knows who he is..and these scumbag brazailans want child support? what are they goona do if he did give them child support? use it to start a fire for a cookout? they are dirt filthy rich

Adele   March 5th, 2009 1:05 am ET

Our government needs to go over there with David Goldman and escort he and his son back home to the states. How Dare Brazil!

jeff   March 5th, 2009 1:05 am ET

Hi Larry,
I have been in the courts since my son was born almost 13 yrs ago, I have joint custody and was just in court in 2007 because their mother married a american and wanted to move my kids there, for the second time after she and the kids were put out after only a month into their marriage the first time around. The Canadian courts gave her permission to move my kids but she is on a very short rope and must bring them to see me once a month for a long weekend around their shool schedules, and I was awarded 5 weeks in the summer instead of the week she would allow me to see them. The Canadian courts also maintained jurisdiction over my kids to prevent her from changing the court order in the U.S. As far as paying support in Canada anyway whether or not ur paying or not u still have rights to see your children. Until the courts around the world realize that not all women are mother material just like not all men make good fathers, children will continue to pay for their mother's selfish ways.

That man 's son should have been returned becasue she left under false pretenses which should be kidnapping, why would he not give her permission to travel with their son to go on what he thought was a vacation? that family spokesperson needs to get a life and stay out of other peoples. Good Luck Mr. Goldman.

Valerie of Baltimore   March 5th, 2009 1:07 am ET

According to the lawyers response regarding the money exchange of 150,000, the case is settled. The father has been paid for damages regarding this matter and in the process sold his son. Why take any money, if all you want is your son? No amount of money would buy any of my children.

Valerie of Baltimore

Ashley Mizzell   March 5th, 2009 1:08 am ET

Fathers should not have to fight for rights to their child. Mothers can be evil and this case is criminal. Give his child back. The mother kidnapped him. She is gone and why should he pay support to kidnappers. This mother and her family were wrong and took him knowing she did not intend to bring the boy home to the dad.Alot of fathers lose their children and without alot of money some just can not afford to fight the battle and give up sadly. Hope dad gets Sean back.

Curt   March 5th, 2009 1:08 am ET

I watched this story on LK tonight and am outraged! How can the Brazilian Courts be supporting this kidnapping??? And the conduct of this guy representing this Stepman in Brazil... slandering the real Father, who only wants to be with his son, its despicable. Our Government needs to continue to be involved in this and get a speedy resolution.

Halima Sadia   March 5th, 2009 1:09 am ET

OK it's clear that the child was abducted by the mother, a fact the relative conveniently chose to minimize. David Goldman didn't know he was giving permission to his wife to take his son to Brazil forever!!! She was supposedly going on 'vacation' The child needs to be returned to his father ASAP!! By the way David Goldman should consider a career in Hollywood, he's an extremely good looking man!!

Randy Collins   March 5th, 2009 1:11 am ET

I can understand and truly empathize with Mr. Goldman. My American Born, 5 year old son was illegally abducted by his Japanese mother in June 2008, even though a Superior Court ruling was made prohibiting her from leaving the county with our son and was to turn in his passport.

This is proof positive that the Hague Convention Treaty is worthless. The countries that sign it do not abide by it and then there are the countries such as Japan, China, and the Philippines that have not signed it and continue to condone, support, and encourage the abduction of American Born Children.

Three weeks ago Hillary Clinton said these words prior to leaving on her trip to Japan, North Korea, and China:

“I will assure our allies in Japan that we have not forgotten the families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea and I will meet with some of those families in Tokyo next week. I cannot imagine what it must feel like to have lost family members, and for so many years, never have heard anything about them or from them. I don’t know if I’ll be meeting as a secretary of state anymore than I will be meeting with them as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister. It’s important that their plight is not forgotten. I attach great importance to the abduction issue.”

This is about 16 ADULTS kidnapped by North Korea almost 30 years ago. What about the 20,000 CHILDREN abducted by Japanese citizens in the past 10 years? When is Japan going to held accountable to the standards in which they expect North Korea to be held to? Why is the US so afraid to make a statement about Japan on this issue?

Since she took the time to meet with those family members, I encourage Secretary Clinton to extend the same courtesy to meet with family members of the children from this country, whose children have been illegally abducted, to discuss our plight. After all, she is the Secretary of State for the United States of America and these children are American citizens.

Laura Aguilar   March 5th, 2009 1:13 am ET

Re:Child Custody Battle. What is happening in Brazil is happening here in Calif. "It Only Took 15 Minutes"

January 20th, 2009. On a day where there is an amazing change going on in America, our personal world is crumbling. You would think that in America a voice would be of value in a courtroom especially when it concerns the life of a child. You would think a judge would listen carefully to all the stories of all parties involved, ask questions, and then take more than fifteen minutes to make an important decision involving a three year child’s life.
On December 26, 2007, we received a phone call from Maria Trevino from the Fresno County’s District Attorney’s office Child Abduction Division. She stated that our son was on the run with his 2 yr old daughter. She also stated that there was a warrant out for his arrest to which we found out there never was. My husband, Martin (biological grandfather), explained to her that we had no idea what was going on since we haven’t talked to our son in three years. Maria’s tone of voice then changed into what seemed threatening and stated that we could be charged with aiding and abetting. Again, my husband said we did not know what this was all about. We did tell her that we would get in contact with our son’s uncle whom he contacted daily and try to figure this all out. Prior to this phone call we had never met our granddaughter and we did not know there was another granddaughter (nine mos. at the time) already in foster care.
On January 4, 2008, our then 2 year old granddaughter was brought to our home by her parents where the Fresno Child Protective Services worker would be picking her up. There were severe storms in California that day which prevented a worker from driving all the way from Fresno to Ventura to pick up the our granddaughter. Fresno CPS contacted Ventura CPS and Ventura sent out a worker. The worker first contacted the grandfather (my husband) and gathered all the information of the household needed to do a background check and then came to the home to do an emergency home inspection. Being that I have run a licensed daycare in my home for ten years, the worker was informed by Fresno CPS that the inspection would be easy because the state is stricter with daycare providers than it is with foster care.
This worker was very polite and professional. She went as far as providing us with a car seat and $100 gift card for Target. She also asked if we needed a bed for the child. Fresno CPS never offered anything and it took them five months to get us a Medi-Cal card for our granddaughter. Our granddaughter was left in our home.
The following week Fresno CPS worker, Jennifer Cooper, came out to visit our home. She also did an inspection which had already done by the Ventura County CPS worker. We inquired about the second granddaughter and she stated that the parents had already lost their rights to her and was in the adoption process. I found out later from the foster mother that she was told by Jennifer Cooper not to inquire about the 2 yr old granddaughter because the grandparents would come and take the younger granddaughter away. That tells me that the child was not in the adoption process and we could have had her put in our home. We were never given the opportunity to have a relationship with her whom we longed for. We had obviously never been in this situation and did not have any idea how the system works. We believed everything that the Fresno County CPS workers told us.
After five months with our 2 year old granddaughter in our home and being told by Jennifer Cooper and Nick Gonzales that we had no rights to the younger granddaughter, we decided it would be best if we put the 2 year old with her sister (14 months by this time) and only if the foster parents/potential adoptive parents (The Regalados) would allow us to continue the role of grandparents. When Jennifer Cooper came to visit, I specifically asked how many children were in the Regalado’s home, and she stated that she knew the family very well and that they had two or three kids with two being biological.
On June 7, 2008, we took our two year old granddaughter to Fresno, handed her over and made a verbal agreement (huge mistake) in front of two workers (Jennifer Cooper and Yolanda). We were going to be able to continue our relationship with both girls and be grandparents to them. This is when we were told that this couple had six children including our younger granddaughter and none of the children are biological. We were not given this information until we handed over our 2 year old granddaughter. On this same day, we were also told that the younger granddaughter’s name had been changed (not legally because she was not yet adopted).

We were allowed constant phone calls with the girls but every time we mentioned a visit, the Regalado’s said they were not ready. The foster mother mentioned her husband was worried that we would not approve of their ways of disciplining the children. We were then told maybe in August. The next conversation became “maybe for Christmas” and the very next one was “maybe next year (2009).” The two year old was only being referred to as “Sissy” as in sister because she was also being prepared for a name change. At this point our hearts are completely broken and our feelings of regret are increasing. We now believe that the foster parents had no intentions on letting us stay in our granddaughters’ lives. After all, once they are adopted, they can cut us out completely.
When August came around and the two year old granddaughter’s third birthday was coming up we inquired about visiting the girls for the birthday. We were told they couldn’t afford to do anything because they have so many kids. We then gave them the weekend of Sept. 5th, 6th and 7th as available for us to visit with our granddaughters and we never got a response.
Our hearts and the hearts of our children are broken and fearing the worst at this point. Finally on September 8th, (after not being able to see the girls for three months) my husband got in touch with the child’s new worker (Louis LaGrassi) and our granddaughter’s court appointed attorney (John LaLonde) and informed them that we wanted our granddaughters in our home. Louis stated that we had no rights to the younger granddaughter and that they would have a meeting. He said he would call us back that evening after his son’s soccer game and as expected, he never did. The next day he sent my husband an email stating that they decided that the girls would not be taken out of foster care to be put into our home. LaGrassi said we could set up some visits.
About one week later, we receive a call from the Regalado’s asking what is going on. I expressed how we felt about them not honoring our agreement and they accused us of “blind-siding” them. The foster mother later stated that her house wasn’t ready for us and she wanted everything to be perfect. We never expected to visit at their home. We were willing to visit anywhere. They said we broke their trust and they should never have allowed themselves to get so close to us. They never expressed any regret for not allowing us to see our granddaughters or any sympathy for our feelings.
After we “ruffled some feathers” all of a sudden we could see the girls that same Saturday (Sept. 20, 2008). The foster mother expressed that her husband was not in agreement with our visit and he never has spoken to us again.
On September 20th we drove for 3 ½ hours to a McDonalds in Fresno and were able to see the girls for 1hour and 45 minutes due to one of the other children that was brought along was running a high fever. When the foster mom stepped away to attend to the feverish child, our granddaughter (now 3yrs. old) told us with a questionable look on her face, “I’m Deija, I’m not Sara.” She was now going through a name change and her parent’s parental rights had not even been taken away. This granddaughter’s identity was being taken away from her.
Our verbal agreement was not honored by the foster parents and the workers were behind the foster parents so we decided we needed an attorney. We felt we had been lied to all along about the younger granddaughter and Fresno CPS workers take it upon themselves to make all these decisions without a judges permission. We contacted Erin Childs with Childs and Childs. We met with Erin on Monday, Sept. 29th and that night (through the advice of our attorney) my husband contacted the foster mom to inform her that we had retained an attorney. She accused us of playing games and asked how would explain to her kids that they no longer have a sister. The conversation ended with the foster mother putting both grandchildren on the phone and then asking my husband, “Are you willing to roll the dice? Because if you tell me that you are going to follow through with an attorney, that will be the last time you talk to them and you will never see them again unless the court says different. Maybe they will come looking for you when they are eighteen!”
On Nov.4, 2008, we went to court seeking “De Facto Parent” status. Our attorney asked the judge if she could speak and the judge told her, “No, you are not part of this case.” Our granddaughter’s worker and attorney offered visits. We were granted six hours unsupervised visits once a month only with the 3 yr old granddaughter. On Nov. 24th, we met with Louis La Grassi and his supervisor John DuFresne and the foster family (The Regalados). We set up a visit for Dec. 20th, Jan. 24th and Feb. 24th. The foster father refused to speak to us and the foster mother told us to honor her way of raising the children.
After six months of not seeing our granddaughters, on Dec. 20th, we picked up the three year old granddaughter with resistance from the foster mother and we took her to the Fresno Zoo. Our time with her was amazing and she was ecstatic to be around us especially her “POPPA”. That is what she calls my husband. The only downfall of that visit is that she stated, “My mom said my name is Sara Marie” and the fact that we had to give her back not knowing we would not see her again.
On January 13, 2009 we went to court where the County Counsel suggested that the “De Facto Parent” status be denied and the child’s attorney John LaLonde agreed. Again our attorney was not allowed to speak. I truly believe that the fact that the children’s biological mother has had six children taken away was held against us. We do not personally know the mother nor do we have any contact with her.
On January 20th while an amazing change was happening in America (Inauguration), our personal world was crumbling. Not only were the parent’s parental rights officially taken away which in turn means the grandparent‘s rights have also been taken away, our “De Facto Parent “status was denied. The Judge also said, “THIS CHILD IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION,“ as if she is an item in an auction or something or as if the grandparents aren‘t sitting there begging to get her back. Our attorney asked that the grandparents be allowed to tell their story and the judge denied us. The County Counsel stated that “The paternal grandparents were trying to “sabotage” the child’s future.” That was painful to listen to. Our attorney asked if she could respond to the counsel’s comments, she again was denied.
In fifteen minutes, Judge Jane Cardoza took our granddaughters away and took away from our granddaughters a life that they can never live because they are in a home with a total of seven children and two parents that are not their blood family. The fact that there are so many children in the home will put limits in their lives. Judge Jane Cardoza decided that we as grandparents were not important enough to make decisions in their lives. Something is truly wrong with our system. Can’t these workers truly see what they are doing to a family? I believe they know they did wrong because after we were denied on Jan. 20th, I called the worker (Louis LeGrassi) everyday on his cell phone and on his office phone and I even called the supervisor (John DuFresne) to see if we would still have our January 24th visit and they never returned my calls. I also called the foster mother the night before our next visit and she said,” My husband and I talked it over and there will be no future contact, I don’t know if anybody explained that to you.” I responded, “Nobody did. Thank you.” We only got the one visit on Dec. 20th. Little did we know it was our last.
Our hearts are crushed, our children’s hearts are crushed and all the hearts of those who came in contact with her are crushed.
My husband is a Fire Captain and has been a city employee for twenty five years. He has been employee of the year and firefighter of the year several times. His job requires trust and loyalty to our community and he is well known in our community. I have a licensed small family daycare that I have run for ten years. My job also requires trust and loyalty to the children and parents of our community. The state requires that I follow strict health and safety rules. I have had many children enroll in my daycare as infants and leave when it was time for school. My husband and I have been married for eighteen years and have been together for twenty years. Our daughter is away in Arizona attending school and volunteers at the humane society. The only child we have left at home is our fifteen year old son who is in high school playing sports.. We are young, healthy and our family is very active. We enjoy camping, hiking, boating, beach volleyball, our son’s sports events and travel in our beautiful US.
Fresno County CPS and some of these court appointed attorneys continue to practice within the law but they violate the spirit of the law and they are definitely deceitful. Nobody takes the time to really look into what they are doing in these tragic but very important situations. These workers make decisions based on their opinion and everyone else that works with them backs the CPS worker up. The judge doesn’t question any of the reasons for the worker’s decisions and as in our situation; the judge wasn’t interested in our story. We are not the only family affected by this injustice in Fresno County. We met one or two families each time we went to court with an unjust situation. We met a young religious man who has been paying child support for two years, has never been allowed a relationship with his child, Fresno CPS takes the child away from the mother and refuses to put the child with the father. Another young man is trying to get custody of his six year old daughter who was removed from her mother’s home because of physical abuse. He doesn’t have a criminal history but CPS is looking into putting the child back into the mother’s home. The worse story I heard was a mother-in-law in court with her daughter-in-law because they took six children away from mom and put them with the grandmother (the mother-in-law). CPS’ reasoning is that mom is a substance abuser because she has been on meds for three years for cancer. Mom has letters from the doctors and on that same historical day in America, the children were made available for adoption. Luckily the grandmother can adopt the children. The mother-in-law was fighting for the mother. She is worried the mother is not going to have whatever time she has left to be with her children. Instead the mother is spending precious time fighting CPS and the system.
I don’t have to tell the story about “Seth.” The eleven year old who was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend in December of ’08 after the biological father had repeatedly called CPS and informed them of the abuse.

Colette   March 5th, 2009 1:13 am ET

The so called step-father to Sean Goldman, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva is extremely influential...Several members of his family are lawyers and they are among the most wealthy in Rio de Janeiro. His family has very close connections to the media and to the legal system. He comes from a family of lawyers and they obviously are not above corruption. His father has had several articles published in the famous O Globo newspaper. Interesting coincidence that there is a gag order against this story being published. David had a federal ordered court visitation in October. Joao Paulo Lins e Silva didn't abide by the court order! Is this step father above the law?

Natalie Romaniuk of Dallas   March 5th, 2009 1:15 am ET

First of all, this child is a US citizen and has been kept in a foreign country not only against his will but without his own legal representation. Where's the US Embassy's involvement? David's deceased 'wife' should also have been returned to the US for him to decide what to do in so far as a funeral.

She left United States under false pretence as well as her parents. They are co-conspirators in an international child abduction AND everyone in Brazil who has had ANY relations with David's son (in person) are also guilty.

I'm one of the many unemployed (over 1 1/2yrs now), however, I'll sell something to be able to send this man a little money to help him get his son back. I do not have children but my heart aches for this little boy. You can see the obvious sadness in his eyes and for anyone to be so stupid as to say he calls his mother's Brazilian husband "Daddy" has absolutely no sense at all.

If the Hague Convention truly had 'teeth' then that little boy's name would never have been changed and more importantly he'd have been returned imediately to US soil. Hillary Clinton ought to begin freezing trade agreements with Brazil because apparently the so-called powers that be down there are motivated by the all mighty 'REAL' and if the flow is halted I bet that little boy will be sent packing back to his true father....David Goldman.

I will never go to Brazil and I hope ALL US citizens planning travel there for whatever reason will cancel doing business or vacationing in an effort to support this man and show solidarity for what is right.

Rafael   March 5th, 2009 1:16 am ET

I am from Brazil and I can say how it is like over there. Brazil is a very good country, only to who has money and connections. Why do you think there are many illegal Brazilians living in the US? If it's hard for a Brazilian to get something in their own country imagine for a foreigner. The Lins e Silva family is a very traditional judiciary family in Brazil and Bruna's family has a lot of money, Brazil is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, you add all this together and get the answer from what is going on. By the way, this case does not reflect the opinion or the characteristics of the great majority of Brazilians, we are a nation of good people but most of us are easily manipulated. If you go visit Brazil you find great people, I assure you that. I hope Sean goes back to his father safely.

Sally Hindley   March 5th, 2009 1:16 am ET

The family courts in this country are a disgrace! The money hungry lawyers and judges turn fathers into second class citizens and destroy children's lives. Everyone KNOWS children needs their dads! The family court system has caused nothing but chaos and civilization will for suffer for it, for generations to come.
There is no decent common sense anymore.

mfer   March 5th, 2009 1:16 am ET

Tom Ragan
Search the words BRING SEAN HOME & go to the .org site & send them a message w/ your contact info. They will get a message to David.

Susan Hollander   March 5th, 2009 1:17 am ET

I am outraged and sickened by Helvecio Ribiero's slanderish LIES about my friend David Goldman and his battle to get his son back. First of all, David has been legally fighting to get Sean back since the moment Bruna Bianchi Goldman (Ribiero's niece) KIDNAPPED Sean FOUR-AND-A-HALF YEARS ago, NOT since Bruna died last summer, as Mr. Ribiero would like people to believe. It is only recently, since Bruna's untimely death, that David/Sean's case has been getting media attention, but, make no mistake, David has been fighting for Sean since he was abducted in 2004. NOT for money (THE most ludicrous, cruelest accusation I have ever heard), but because of the deep, abiding love David has for his son. The Ribieros are clearly delusional, evil wonder they get along so well with the Lins e Silvas, the man Bruna married in Brazil...while still being legally married to David in the U.S.! How DARE Mr. Ribiero try to spin his family's nefarious deeds to throw into question David's love for Sean. How DARE he accuse David of not paying child support (support kidnappers' illegal actions?) and then spewing with righteous indignation that "that is the law," and that David did not obey the law. The hypocrisy is staggering! It has been made very clear by the state department, by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and by lawyers and everyone else that David has followed EVERY LETTER OF THE LAW. The ONLY party who has BLATANTLY DISREGARDED THE LAW is that of the Ribieros and Lins e Silvas.

The sheer fact that David remained level-headed while listening to such egregious lies is a true testament to his character. The truth - and the United States Government - is on his side. It's time to Bring Sean Home to David, where he belongs, and get him away from these horrible liars who only have their own best interests at heart, not Sean's.

Didi from Seattle   March 5th, 2009 1:17 am ET

This story is completely outrageous. As a mother of two young boys, my heart goes out to the father of the child (Mr. Goldman). To me the facts are simple, this child was kidnapped from his father and was taken to Brazil under false pretenses violating international law. While it is unfortunate that the mother is no longer living, her family is clearly trying to deflect her highly inappropriate actions of kidnapping by accusing Mr. Goldman of being an "unfit" father. I did not hear or see anything substantial during your interview with the Bianchi family representative that would support Mr. Goldman is an "unfit" father. The Bianchi family seems to be forming a lot of conclusions and stating opinion as fact with largely circumstantial evidence versus anything tangible. They should refrain from passing judgment on Mr Goldman and let the courts decide whether he is truly an "unfit" father. Why would any parent in their right mind agree to pay child support when the child was kidnapped? Clearly, Mr. Goldman refused to pay any money because he did not agree to his child being permanently taken away from him. The Bianchi Family and Brazilian government need to do what is right for the child and return him to his biological father instead of making this a long drawn-out battle that will only hurt the child in the long run. Shame on them for putting this precious little boy in the middle a custody battle based on whatever personal issues they may have with Mr. Goldman.

mfer   March 5th, 2009 1:19 am ET

Wilma McClanahan
Are you kidding. Do you have children? Would you agree to letting kidnappers of your own child keep him/her because they were acclimated? David was all Sean knew when Bruna abducted him & is where Sean belongs.

Nicholas Frois   March 5th, 2009 1:20 am ET

Dear Larry, I am a citizen of Brazil and know a little about how things works in Brazil. The boys family in Brazil must have money and know the judges presiding this case otherwise the case would have been transfered to the Brazilian Federal courts a long time ago. This is a shame to the Brazilian government, but also shows to the rest of the world that Brazil is a country where money buys power. By the way the laws in Brazil does not recognized U.S marriage laws therefore she could married again in Brazil.
P.S. Mr. Goldman if you need a place to stay in Rio, during your visits, let me know, I could get you to stay in Copacabana beach for free.

Marina   March 5th, 2009 1:20 am ET

David Goldman is a victim of the North-American litigation mania. American lawyers want to win based on the written law. PERSONAL STORIES are not taken in account. The Brazilian judicial system, works differently. The judge, the state attorneys (promotores), and the social workers take their time to listen to all parties. They are trained to find inconsistencies in the NARRATIVE. If they gave Bruna the right to keep their child, it is because they saw a reason for that.

Mr. Godman should have gone to Brazil and fought for his right over there. He would be given visitation rights right away, and even shared custody. When he chose the hard litigation way, he had to pretend he was fighting with kidnapers, not to family members. And to call someone a kidnapper, you have to lie to tell they do not want you around. I am pretty sure Bruna wanted him to come and solve it all. But he was so confident of winning based on the Hague Convention, he did not think of the future. Anyway, after one year the Hague convention is useless.

The reality is only one: The best interest of the child is to live with a loving family, biological or not. Mr. Goldman should settle for visitation rights during school vacations. And then see what will happen in the future. His son should be free to decide with whom he wants to live.

Julie   March 5th, 2009 1:22 am ET


Ramon Collins   March 5th, 2009 1:23 am ET

One reason that a mother will move to another state, or another country, could be the same reasons that most mothers do not breast feed new born children: selfishness, mom's convenience first. There is a lack of respect for fatherhood. even though fatherhood has been proven to signicantly benefit a child. Most dads who have full legal custody will not try to prevent a mom from contact with her child. The child does better when both parents are involved.
There is not a single piece of accusation that the dad was a bad dad, or a bad husband, yet some folks here need to demonize a dad, just because a mom left him to go back to her homeland, and remarry a home person, child and dad relationship ignored.
As a parent fighting to see my children, I feel that these systems of expensive court battles that eat up the right for fathers to have equal protection to the Pre Amble to the US Constitution, has got to end, or every father in America needs to file complaints against license of every corrupt person who they meet in these finacially robbing situations.
After 20 or so unrelated complaints against a single lawyer or psychologist, some of the more corrupt folks might be looking for a new career at renewal time.

MontanaJazz   March 5th, 2009 1:23 am ET

I would think that before anyone would jump on this they might want to do some background checks.
David says he has spent $360K on pursuing custody? True or Not?'
As they say, "Show Me the Money"...or, in this case, "Show Me the Receipts."
Before these high profile shows "run to the rescue" they really, really, really need to do some background checks on "MIA Daddy."

Sandra D.   March 5th, 2009 1:24 am ET

Point #1–I think it is AWFUL that that poor man is having to go throught this, to be able to get custody of his OWN son! The supposed "spokesman" for the former wife's family, was just an idiot. He became more ridiculous with EVERY word. He should have just kept his mouth shut.

Point #2–Was it REALLY necessary to interrupt this man's story to announce Barbara Bush's surgery? That information could have been on a crawl, at the bottom of the page...especially since Anderson Cooper was going to talk about it in a few minutes anyway! It made it seem like the man's story was insignificant, when it wasn't. Very insensitive, guys.

Lastly–If you were going to "interview" the NFL players' families, why don't you at LEAST make sure they actually have something to SAY???

Listening to that interview, was like listening to bread bake. They had absolutely NOTHING to say, and the words they DID manage to stumble out, didn't make any sense. It's like the girl was trying SO hard to speak properly, that she ended up not really saying ANYTHING. ...and the GUY, should have not spoken AT ALL. He never answered ONE question that he was actually asked.

Certainly, I am not knocking his faith in God, but that had nothing to do with the question he was asked.

Ike   March 5th, 2009 1:25 am ET

This is an appalling miss-justice! The child was born in America which of course makes him American. The U.S. government should force their hand to give up the child, it’s really sad that this fight has been going on this long. They are stealing years from the father which no amount of money can repay and possibly filling the childs mind with lies and deceit. If the Brazilian government has any decency about it they will do the right thing soon and hand over the child with an apology to Mr. Goldman. Lastly, call it what you want; Karma, what goes around – comes around, you reap what you so, Murphy Law, but Mr. Goldman’s ex-wife got exactly what she deserved for doing dirt like that and thinking she could get away with it.

Curt   March 5th, 2009 1:25 am ET

The Lins Silva family had a family member on LK tonight saying there are two sides to this story. Let's make this absolutely clear...there are NEVER two sides when an unrelated Step Man is holding a child from his Natural Father!

Justin Pedersen   March 5th, 2009 1:26 am ET

I love my children and my ex took my kids and moved in with another man I paid a female laywer $3,000 to help me see my kids and she did NOTHING. I did nothing to deserve this. I have no money to fight this and the rights fathers have do not exsist. My children are being brain washed and it has been almost 8 months since I have seen them. I worked the night shift and was with my children every minute I was home. We were very close and I miss him. A man has feelings and love for his child too. Paying support gives the woman money to fight the father. Anyone out there that can help dads and not in it for the $$ please come force. I miss my son and daughter. Give Sean back to his dad!!

alexander zyznewski   March 5th, 2009 1:28 am ET

my son ( 8years old ,U.S. citizen) was abducted by his mother from Germany ( U.S. Army) to the Philippines. I had custody. An
arrest warrant was out for her. Interpol was looking for her. Eventually
she got into the U.S. but left my son on an island in the Philippines. I spent years searching for him. Finally a judge in Las Vegas tricked the mother and I got back my son to the U.S after years. Also this case was governed by the Hague Convention. Legally the abductor has no right to claim child support - this child support could be used for other purposes or even feed huge families in other countries. My ex-wive was thinking that the child support money will provide her with an opulent life-style. This was a story for a movie- if you want to know more,contact me. Also, I can show you the court documents. Dr.Z
Tel. 702/ 897- 6356

Colette   March 5th, 2009 1:30 am ET

Brazil is a signator to the Hague Convention – International Law. Why did they become a member if the Brazilian Judicial System as you worded "works differently"?

Erik Whyte   March 5th, 2009 1:35 am ET

I just finished watching "Larry King Live" about "Bring Sean Home." It was extremely Ludicrous what Helvecio Ribeiro had to say. I've been following this story for a while now & if David didn't want his son back or was a dead-beat dad he wouldn't have made the point to do so. That comment (that Helvecio made) about yeah he shows pictures & vidoes, etc....hey that all David has of his son. That's would any dad or mother would do if there son was kidnapped, the only thing they have to hang in there. And that bit about paying child support-to kidnappers, that's stupid. From keeping in touch with the news David has tried many times to get his son back & hasn't been able to see him. I would be scared too about going to another country, who knows what might happen? Heck, his late wife, took the son & I heard a telephone call she made when she planned not coming home from there (so-called vacation) and she was rambling like someone who needed to be on medication. I just hope that Sean was not there to be in that kind of environment. Helvecio really slandered David on something that I believe is totally bogus. I can see it just in David's face how much this is hurting him, the pain he is going through wondering, how is my son, what is my son doing right now, does he have a roof over his head, does he have food on his table, etc....David seems to be the coolest, caring, compassionate, loving father that any kid would want. Also, why do we have laws? Kidnapping to me is against the law, the last time I checked. So every morning & before I go to bed I pray for their reunion, Sean back with his father here in the US of America. Thank you very much Hillary Clinton for becoming involved in this. Being a parent yourself, I know that you speak for every parent whom child has been taken away from them. Hang in there David, you are in my prayers, and have thousands of others behind your back. And once you have been reunited, I pray that after the fact, they leave you guys alone so you can catch up. You have had too many minutes away from each other. God Bless, I know you will have your son, soon. Peace-out!
Erik Whyte
Round Rock, TX

ps. I've tried contacting Oprah on this, but I know that she is busy, but I'm sure she would want to help as Larry King did, Dateline, etc.....

mfer   March 5th, 2009 1:41 am ET

The great judicial system you speak of in Brazil is not evident in this case. Brazil is not complying with The Hague Convention for which they are a signatory. How do you justify that? They say they will follow these international laws & then disregard them. It is because money & corruption are ruling the system here thanks to the wealthy & influential Ribieros & Lins e Silvas.

diane munkirs   March 5th, 2009 1:50 am ET

I think Hillary Clinton should use her influence to get this child back...what a much money and agony over something that should have been resolved 5 years ago. Please send this on to Hillary Clinton...this would be a great victory for her.

lucy   March 5th, 2009 1:51 am ET

A complete nightmare. To the powers that be – – . bring this child home. I pray that this man's suffering can end asap !!!! Please bring his son home.

Thank you to the "uncle" for helping make the biological father's case more good comes from bad karma.....ever.....

Thank you for giving us a "voice"...thank you Larry King & CNN.

Rafael   March 5th, 2009 1:52 am ET

What Bruna did reflects the education she had from her parents. They are all evil.

chris   March 5th, 2009 1:52 am ET

to all those doubters here like anna or carolina who are actually supporting Bruna's family.

you are either
1. uneducated on the story, so I suggest you google 'bring sean home' and watch the dateline and today show videos


2. you are members of this evil family that has abducted this poor child from his dad


p.s. bruna had no excuse to leave. she was raised in riches and when she married david she didn't have that lifestyle anymore so she left and married a man who would give that lifestyle to her. There are recorded audio tapes of her saying how great of a husband and father David was, so those who are speculating that he cheated or was abusive. DO THE RESEARCH BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY CLAIMS LIKE THAT!

diane munkirs   March 5th, 2009 1:54 am ET

Larry...please use your influence to help reunite this father and son...send all the comments to Hillary Clinton.

Natalie Romaniuk of Dallas   March 5th, 2009 1:54 am ET

MARINA said:
March 5th, 2009 1:20 am ET

David Goldman is a victim of the North-American litigation mania. American lawyers want to win based on the written law. PERSONAL STORIES are not taken in account. The Brazilian judicial system, works differently. The judge, the state attorneys (promotores), and the social workers take their time to listen to all parties. They are trained to find inconsistencies in the NARRATIVE. If they gave Bruna the right to keep their child, it is because they saw a reason for that.

Mr. Godman should have gone to Brazil and fought for his right over there. He would be given visitation rights right away, and even shared custody. When he chose the hard litigation way, he had to pretend he was fighting with kidnapers, not to family members. And to call someone a kidnapper, you have to lie to tell they do not want you around. I am pretty sure Bruna wanted him to come and solve it all. But he was so confident of winning based on the Hague Convention, he did not think of the future. Anyway, after one year the Hague convention is useless.

The reality is only one: The best interest of the child is to live with a loving family, biological or not. Mr. Goldman should settle for visitation rights during school vacations. And then see what will happen in the future. His son should be free to decide with whom he wants to live.

Hey Marina.......Here in Texas we call what you lambasted David Goldman for as 'talking out both sides of your a**' The last sentence to your ramblings is the truest statement: "His son should be FREE to decide with whom HE wants to live".

Chuck   March 5th, 2009 1:55 am ET

Please, everyone...

go to bringseanhome dot org to get the full story from David's friends and info on how you can help!

Colette   March 5th, 2009 1:56 am ET

I wonder if the "step-father" Joao Paulo Lins e Silva would agree that his child should stay with a new "father" if the tables were turned and Bruna fled the country with his daughter?

Memo   March 5th, 2009 1:58 am ET

Cancelling my two week vacation trip to Rio (including 8 friends).

Natalie Romaniuk of Dallas   March 5th, 2009 2:03 am ET

AS for the missing men in the tragic boating accident........

Where were their life jackets? The only survivor thus far was recovered wearing his. I've seen a clip of a life jacket floating in the water and it did not appear like it had the straps 'belted' as though it were ripped off someone.

If the Coast Guard has called off the search then why haven't the owners/players of the football teams stepped up and funded their own search & rescue?

What are the outrageous salaries for if they can't be used to save someone's life?

Natalie Romaniuk of Dallas   March 5th, 2009 2:10 am ET

Larry and your staff,

Mr. David Goldman is due a HUGE apology for the blatant disrespect you showed him by constantly interupting HIS story to give snipits about Barbara Bush. Yes, the President's wife is important but she did not die so your whole team SHOULD have stayed focused on David & Sean Goldman.

My mouth dropped when David was in the midst of saying something and you, Larry King, interrupted him mid-sentence to inform the country for the second time in 10minutes that Houston had a problem.

Inger   March 5th, 2009 2:15 am ET

David, you did great – Larry King, you could have shown a little more compassion – and Bruna's uncle, good job, you just told the whole world how crazy your family and the Lins e Silvas are....

Natalie Romaniuk of Dallas   March 5th, 2009 2:21 am ET

MEMO said:
March 5th, 2009 1:58 am ET

Cancelling my two week vacation trip to Rio (including 8 friends).

That's what I'm talking about. Keep the momentum going. How about getting people to donate to help this boy come home?

By the way George W, I am a proud supporter of you and your father and adore your mother so I meant ZERO disrespect to her and your whole family when I commented to Larry and his staff about how they were disrespecting their guest, who is trying to get his kidnapped son out of Brazil, when Larry blatantly interrupted David Goldman speaking to announce to the viewers AGAIN about Barbara Bush's heart surgery.

Thank goodness the surgery was a success:)

Tish   March 5th, 2009 2:26 am ET

This is henious! Affluent families in other foreign countries use their powerful influences to manipulate the laws to their advantage. It is unbelievable how these families in Brazil tried to defraud Mr. Goldman.

I'm optimistic that Mr. Goldman will soon be with his beautiful son. I believe he is a very loving dad and a trustworthy gentleman. I admire his perseverance and endurance.

Mike   March 5th, 2009 2:27 am ET

David Goldman is a better man than me, as I would have probably done something more drastic to get my son back. I have a 7 1/2 year-old son that I fought to get 50% custody after my divorce. It was the most gut-wrenching experience of my life. I can't even imagine the pain and frustration David is experiences. To have a country hold your biological child hostage is a disgusting outrage. This is after admitting that the child, Sean, was taken illegally.

Please keep us updated on David's progress and hopefully Sean's return.

Sasha Vernaskas   March 5th, 2009 2:39 am ET

David, you are such a strong person. We will continue to fight with you to get your son back. You are in our prayers. You were very professional and held yourself very well even when that moron bashed you like crazy. You did not deserve any of that.

Larry, I do agree with the peoples comments about interrupting Davids story with Barbara Bush's heart surgery. A nice reader line on the bottom of the scream would have been better. I couldn't believe how the story ended so abruptly. I really hope you do another piece on this and keep this story on your show until it is settled.

Thank you for airing the story on your show. We do greatly appreciate it. I hope that we can all work together to do all we can to get David and Sean back together again.

Magno Assis   March 5th, 2009 3:18 am ET

I live in Massachusetts. I'm brazilian. I'm watching this story from brazilian media too and i say that a brazilians newspaper are in favor for this father. I feel so bad to listen how difficult is to resolve a custody between Brazil and United States, when just the father is alive. I hope this story will have a happy end for this father.

Genevieve M. Wunder   March 5th, 2009 3:22 am ET

This is waht is happening to my son and grandson. My grandson is an American citzen. His mother is a Canadan Resident. My son was living in Canada but came back to California to start a new life with his family (wife & son). His wife stayed there until he had a job and house. They were on the phone Saturday and then on Sunday she calls and wants a divorce. It has been almost 2 years and my son is still fighting to have scheduled visitations. It is very costly. My son is a veteren and going to get school to become a teacher. Can someone help us? His mother is bi-polor and can not take good care of my grandson. We need help. We are not rich and I am using my retirement which will run out soon.

Genevieve M. Wunder   March 5th, 2009 3:32 am ET

Cild custody between USA and Canada.
Grandson is an American citizen.
How can I get in touch with Sentor Clinton to see if she cann help my son. My son is a vetern and does not have the money to pay for this court battle. He did his duty for this country now can our country do its
duty to him. I had to hire an lawyer in Canada.

Please review previous email.

Genevieve M. Wunder
3861 Bay Leaf Way
Oceanside, Ca 92057

Bonnie   March 5th, 2009 3:32 am ET

David, my heart goes out to you.... I was once married to a Brazilian... I hate to tell you, but she never intended to stay with you long term. Her plan, which worked perfectly for her, was to gain a green card and have an American child. This is VERY common. I am assuming her family is wealthy since you visited your son in a gated compound.... I will also assume that her parents are the culprits of this whole affair. Your not nearly rich enough... simply put her parents decided to bring her home and marry her off to someone she knew when she was young, and trust me... he's very wealthy... you don't have a chance... and by the way... your waaaay tooo nice for these discussing ANIMALS. I pray for you and your son.

Kimberly Mercier   March 5th, 2009 3:32 am ET

I have previously seen an interview with Mr. Goldman and worked on behalf of children taken by a parent to South America. I feel very sorry for Mr. Goldman. Mr. Helvecio Ribeiro is disgusting and it is easy to see him speaking out of both sides of his slimey mouth. People who support the kidnapping of children and then the retention of this child by a step-father! This is despicable by all members of Bruna's family and her new husband. She took Mr. Goldman's life away from him when she took his son.

I DO have to say this to Mr. Goldman: You absolutely should have told your son at 8 1/2 years of age, that you were fighting to get him home every single day and that his step father and the courts are preventing it. You are perpetuating not telling your son the truth. He NEEDS to know you love him, are fighting for him and WHY he is not with you or he will never forget what you have said to him and that it is not the truth. He is old enough. Tell him the TRUTH or you will regret it for the remainder of your life. He needs to know.

I wish the very best of luck to Mr. Goldman and hope Sean comes home VERY SOON!

Kimberly Mercier

Amon   March 5th, 2009 3:33 am ET

Does Mr. Helvecio Ribeiro have any children? How would he react to this very situation.

matt   March 5th, 2009 3:37 am ET

The Goldman case is outrageous! The child should be immediately returned to the father. The child is a U.S. Citizen and our government should demand the immediate cooperation of The Brazilian Governement. If there are issues or concerns with Mr. Goldman's ability to be a parent let our Government deal with this appropriately.

Paige   March 5th, 2009 3:38 am ET

In regards to this Brazil Custody battle I think its pathetic when parents fight over their kids. I was a stay at home mom for 10 yrs not in my home state and when seperated it was against the law to take my kids out of ex had more money ,better attorney and influencial family and even though a criminal won full custody. he then remarried and severely brainwashed my kids against me through parental alienation syndrome..hadn't seen my kids in 7 yrs...and last year he was arrested and is facing 610 yrs IN PRISON ( which can be googled ) for molesting kids and the step mother who lived with him is giving custody of my kids because she has strings and connections in the court system..even though i had witnesses, family members and a whole court on my side...WHERE IS THE JUSTICE IN AMERICA..and where is my news story and how come hilary clinfon never helped me..a new yorker.. there is alot more to my story and noone cares.

Mrs Clarkson   March 5th, 2009 3:38 am ET

I'm just wondering why the check that was submitted as proof that the biological father is after money is not a cancelled check. If the check had been cashed by him, the bottom right hand column would show the paid amount as stamped by the bank. Even if the biological father only started procedures after the death of his mother, might it not have been because at least his son was with one of his true parents. He has stated that he did not want to upset his son.

Earle Waine   March 5th, 2009 3:38 am ET

I was involved in a custody battle for 6 years. It was the most emotionaly challanging situation that I have ever been through. My ex wife moved my son out of state without my knowlage, and I ended up getting and retaining custody. Thoes people have nerve.

Frank F   March 5th, 2009 3:40 am ET

Yes Larry , I am experincing the same custody battle here in United States. After my divorce , my ex-wife told me i would never see my son and lo and behold for the past four years i have never been able to see him. Anytime i try to see my son , my ex-wife threatens me to give me to immigration and naturalization to be deported.

robin jones   March 5th, 2009 3:41 am ET

The family spokesman for Bruna, you sound really crazy!!!!!!! The mother went to Brazil on a VACATION, not to leave her husband. So when she refused to return to the United States the father then begin the legal process. why should he pay child support, when he has not legally lost custody of his child. What legal paperwork did you or your lawyers send to the father? Has child support papers been drawn up and mailed to the father or his lawyer? Do you have any other reason not to return this child to his father, other than he is not paying child support? Has the father displayed any actions that he may be dealing in drugs, alcohol abuse, prostutition or any other illegal actions, that would make the father be declared an unfit parent? I am really angry please return the child to his natural father. I pray that the child be returned.

Jessica Marshall   March 5th, 2009 3:55 am ET

I just saw your show tonight. The story really moved me. It's like some real life twisted tale ripped from "Not Without My Daughter." The father thinks its just a vacation. But the mother used her homeland as a means to keep her child away from his father. Now the stepfather has the child. What the uncle said completed disgusted me. Of course he coudn't say much. But the little he said was ludcious and disgusting. I have a boyfriend that lost his daughter to his previous girlfriend. She adopted their daughter behind his back. It completely tore him apart. I want to have children with him. After seeing this story, I now vow to never to him what this disgusting mother did to her ex. But this story futher proves that you really need to get to know the person you have children with. People rush into relationships too much these days. It doesn't hurt to take at least five years before making any commitments. Especially when they come from other countries, when they can use a "vacation" as a means to get the child on their home land to use that countries laws against you. Just like in the movie "Not Without My Daughter". Sally Fields thinks she's going on a family vacation to her husbands homeland. Only to find out it's a permanent vacation. And under Iran law she can't leave with her daughter. She manages to sneek away, but it wasn't easy.

A. H.   March 5th, 2009 3:57 am ET

Wow michael m. your statement rule of law. What a joke you must not be a parent and if you are I feel for your kids . I hope this never happens to you ,but then again you might have a different opion if it did.....

Anne Jameson   March 5th, 2009 4:12 am ET

As an American, a mother & a grandmother, I am outraged that our country would let another country hold as hostage an American child whose biological father cannot have him returned. Since when do we let other countries take our children & keep them at their whim? Have we descended into political wimps that we can't even bring back a kidnapped child whose mother & grandparents apparently deceived, lied & resorted to kidnapping to keep a father's child from him. Shame on our Government for letting this go on for so long! Would this happen to one of our Senators or Congressmen or our President? Double shame on the Brazilian Government who are acting like a bunch of hoodlums. Good for the one saving grace that this bereaved father has in his corner & I am speaking of the indomitable Hillary Clinton. She knows what a parent's rights are & specifically the child's rights as an American Citizen. Fight on Hillary & bring this boy home to his father asap! The Brazilian grandparents should, in my opinion, be horsewhipped & put in jail for their part in this criminal kidnapping.

Marina   March 5th, 2009 4:21 am ET


1. the Brazilian judicial system does work, but it depends of the city. Some are corrupt, but most are not. Personal stories and narratives are also used by the American courts, even though some do not like it.

2. I am on Sean's side. Can you imagine what is to have your face on the Internet? Have everyone talking about your case? He should be left in peace. I am in favor of a settlement. Sean should come to spend Easter with his father in the US, and then all his subsequent vacations, until he can decide what to do. It may be even reversed soon, he goes to school here and spends vacations in Brazil.

3. Give Bruna the benefit of the doubt. We do not know the real causes that made her take such radical action. It was a tragedy that she passed away.

4. If it was an American woman taking her kid from a third world country like in the film Not Without My Daughter, which side would be on?

5. Calling someone kidnapper before trying mediation always raises my suspicions on the accuser. Sorry David, it is how I feel. I do think you deserve to be reunited with your child. But I also think you made a huge mistake. You turned Bruna and her family against you with such an accusation.

John   March 5th, 2009 5:35 am ET

Helvecio isn't being objective. The only real thing he showed was a check, and even that doesn't support any of his alegations concerning the boy's father. However, we can't judge who the boy would be better off with. The court of law is the place to settle this,

John   March 5th, 2009 5:41 am ET

So, the bottom line is, we cannot take sides, and we can't say who should keep the child, because if we could, then we would all be judges! TV shows on this type of issues are always all about EMOTION, that's how you make a good show! However, making a decision that will affect peoples' lives positively or negatively, that should be done in court.

IKECHUKWU   March 5th, 2009 5:54 am ET

TO Shawn's uncle. If we called David's story one-sided, your sister must have told a loads more one-sided to Shawn's step-father that would make want to keep his son to himself.

June Maxwell   March 5th, 2009 5:54 am ET

This response might be a bit delayed because the programme inn't broadcast in Scotland until 10am GMT, nevertheless:

This is a heart-breaking story that deserves only one ending – the boy must be returned to his father's care immediately: Having the audacity to ask for child support from the father indicates what kind of people have kept them apart: I wish David Goldman all the luck and all the support he can muster and hope he never gives up:

caroline akhuetie   March 5th, 2009 5:57 am ET

Hello Larry,
I believe the father will be in the best position to take care of his son.
Unfortunately the boy is still small and will not be able to testify if he been martreated by his step father.
Inaddition, what the step father wants is just the money and not the boys warefare, leaving this boy in brazil will be drastic and could affect him physically and emotionally.

chris   March 5th, 2009 6:01 am ET


are you related to Bruna because you sound just as ignorant as her uncle did last night.

caroline akhuetie   March 5th, 2009 6:03 am ET

i believe those men can be found, i want to tell their families not to give up.
They should have faith and believe in God.

Judith   March 5th, 2009 7:00 am ET

This is a sad situation about the little boy taken to Brazil by his mother.
The father said she re-married but both weren't divorce in Jersey.
Like anything else Larry there are always 2 sides to a story.

As far as the boaters in Florida, there were 4 of them.3 are missing not 2.Maybe they thought because the Gulf is nothing like the Alantic side with high waves all the time when a storm comes up it wouldn't
be so bad.Boaters that boat all the time know different.
A 21' boat really is too small to go 30-50 miles out.Yes ones wonder why when the weather change why all of them didn't put their life jackets on right away.Our hearts go out to the 3 families if they don't find them which we doubt.

Murilo   March 5th, 2009 7:00 am ET

I am brazilian and I am on David's side, that kid should be living with his father and not with Bruna's family... I think they should take the kid back to the USA, he cannot stay in brazil, ask him if he is happy, he is not happy living here, I am sure. I admire David's strength in this hard moment. If I knew more about laws and international laws, I am just pretty sure i would help David and do everything to take his son to him... he deserves it... I hope Hillary Clinton helps him.... Brazil, it is time to have better laws, cannot stand living here anymore. David, good luck and all the best wishes!

Bruno from Switzerland   March 5th, 2009 7:59 am ET

Hi Larry, excelent program I watched today here at CNN Switzerland.
The Brazilian Justice does not work. There is no justice in Brazil. We should keep on doing pressure on the President Lula, who is ignorant and drunker, who is "governs" Brazil. They dont understand civilization. This people, specially the lawyers, are primitive. So we have to teach this primitive people to repect the International Law that they signed and applyed. They only languague they understand is the law of intimidation. So we use all our power to bring Sean back to his father Mr Goldman. President Obama will meet President Lula on March 17th, please we need to do another program with David Goldman before this date to keep on our fight. I dont understand why a father has no right over his son, who is living with a foreign and stupid family in this sea of violence, that is Brazil. Bruno from Swizerland.

Tina Milne, Vancouver, British Columbia   March 5th, 2009 8:16 am ET

While watching your telecast last night in regards to David Goldman having to fight for his own son, I became extremely angry at the Uncle of his ex-wife and what he was saying about David. His words were unwarranted and unfounded...surely there must be legal action that David can take regarding the accusations and defamation of character. It is apparent that the family in Brazil do not understand the severity of their actions since kidnapping Sean over 4.5 years ago to the current situation.

To are such a good person and the love you have for your son is so evident in the videos and pictures of you two together! It is because you are a loving father and you continue to fight for your son that Sean will be returned to you. It is just unfortunate that you have lost the last 4 and a half years of your son's life. I wish you nothing but the very CAN hold your head high and although I am just one of the many that support you, know that you have the support of many!

Lexi   March 5th, 2009 8:54 am ET

Michael Magellan:

I think Larry King showed way more than a "modicum of neutrality" by entertaining the shameful slander of one Helvecio Ribeiro against the obviously loving and devoted father, David Goldman.

If I were Mr. Goldman, there'd be a defamation of character lawsuit winging it's way to Mr. Ribeiro as we speak. I wonder how Microsoft feels about having one of their employees appear on national TV basically defending the abduction of an American child and amazingly expecting the abductors (his affluent kidnapping relatives) to be paid "child support". You couldn't make this stuff up!

Jenni   March 5th, 2009 9:20 am ET

Dear Larry, I usually love watching your show, but felt you were disrespectful to David Goldman. Maybe it is because I feel so passionate about this man getting his son back and receiving the media attention it derserves, but you seemed more interested in Barbara Bush. Now maybe giving an update in the beginning like you did was fine, but you kept cutting Mr. Goldman off and just had to speak to her surgeon via phone. Mrs. Bush is a lovely woman, but come on....she wasn't dying. Couldn't it of waited? Then it seemed you kept going to commercial. You seemed to let the uncle have more time to talk which I guess was fine because, in my opinion, he looked like an idiot with his accusastions. Anyways, since I first heard this story has me thinking about it everyday and I can't beleive this is happening to this poor man. I hope it is over and Sean is home soon.
Sincerely, Jennifer

Lauro Silva-Brazil   March 5th, 2009 9:28 am ET

To Collete,most likely such a gag order you´ve mentioned does´nt exist at all.and there are many media sectors,such as papers, magazines and TV daily containing current news without any distortion. Neverthless, this Mr. Goldman´s case makes me uneasy for not having heard anything of, despite being in Greece for almost two years . On the other hand, it´s timely to mention that brazilian people for too long, and now more and more, don´t trust Justice when every day we´ve noticed about corruption, impunity, bribery sending judges,lawyers, bankers, politicians, to jail, however for a short spell. The rules, laws,regulations, throughout the world, are all made to be biased toward the wealthy people. through interminable ´´legal´´ resources. Legislators prevent any country from progressing. In Greece, despite all difficulties, including the language, , we´ve had to change our lawyer for three times for reason of bribery. Putting this aside , thank to God,we have been too well succeeded out there up to now. The custody legislation, every where, even in Brazil, is taking changes in order to help and benefit the children. Because of that, I believe the little Sean will end up living together with his father in the States,unless Mr. Goldman is judged not to be the recommendable person to raise the boy. Mr. Goldman´s lawyer no doubt has to show personal and professional attributes to be trusted. Thank you for your considerations.

Scott Goetz   March 5th, 2009 9:35 am ET

Please bring David Goldman back on again. Watching the show did not allow a viewer who hasn't followed this really know what is going on. I know you are trying to stay objective, but you must know now what David is facing.

Every bit of media air time helps.

reubin   March 5th, 2009 9:37 am ET


Isabel   March 5th, 2009 9:50 am ET

Marina, you are very confused about this case. Bruna left on vacation. She never returned and kept the child from his father. Under INTERNATIONAL LAW this is called "abduction" pure and simple, and makes her actions criminal. Period.

As for the book "Not without my daughter" I think you need to reread it. The mother in that story was taken to the husband's country also under false pretenses. She thought the family was going on vacation. Once there he would not let them leave. Later, after he realized that she wouldn't assimilate to his traditions, he let her leave but not their US-born daughter. Like any loving, corageous mother, this woman did not rest until she brought her US-born and raised child back to THEIR country, the country they had only left to go on vacation.

How you can compare the late Bruna Ribeiro with Ms. Betty Mahmoody is beyond me. One was a selfish coward that ran off with her child under false pretenses, the other was a corageous victim that did not rest to right a wrong. If you want to compare these stories, than perhaps you should put aside your bias against men. If anyone here could be compared to Ms. Mahmoody it is David Goldman that refuses to be without his son, who was also taken under false pretenses and who he was also denied contact with because he would not acquiese to the other parent's wishes.

jose   March 5th, 2009 10:00 am ET

I am Brazilian. I live in New Jersey. I have sole custody of a boy since he was barely 1 year, now, he is 8. His mother lives in New york, and despite having Sundays visitations ordered by the court, she don"t show up in years not even for his birthday. I lost contact with her. Sad, i know but, Anthony is just fine with me. I feel this guy pain, because if i was denied custody, i would do just about anything to be close to my child, even ignoring the divorce papers and going back with her. No one could denied that to me. I hope he"ll be with his boy soon, but, i believe the best thing for the kid would be the people from Brazil and the father to work this thing together. Again for the child"s best. As a Portuguese speaking, if there is anything i can help, Again, My past and actual experience can be helpful even just by learning what i"v been through, and the way i handle single parenting. good lucky. And remember even if you win, work it with the Brazilians. I am sure they are good people too. Everyone is afraid of loosing the child. You all need to compromise with something instead of wasting all this money in this senseless battle.

David   March 5th, 2009 10:10 am ET

Hopefully with Larry's exposure and Hillary's clout, Sean will finally come home.
I am a single father who has gone though child custody issues but nothing to this degree, so I feel for you. David, your commitment is inspirational and I salute you. I can only imagine how difficult it must but be for you but hang in there, I have a feeling that after this show your son will be with you soon.

Lauro Silva-Brazil   March 5th, 2009 10:11 am ET

To Colette excuse me for misspelling your name as above.

Chris   March 5th, 2009 10:14 am ET

My dear friend Dina Marie Schon is going thru a similar situation right now. She and her sons are stuck in Austria trying to remain together while her estranged Austrian husband is trying to rip them apart through Hague. It's very unjust. She flew with them to Austria just a day or so before the judge here would have forced her to.
Please, Larry, do something!

Chris in PA

Dave of Detroit   March 5th, 2009 10:24 am ET

I wonder how much contact the child has had with his "biological" father which is really a meaningless term? I wonder if his step-father has been and is his real father? I wonder if there is a monetary consideration rather than a filial consideration at play? I wonder why this matter is getting biased reporting and not presenting both sides? But then , I wonder about a lot of things these days............

Isabel   March 5th, 2009 10:29 am ET

Dave FROM Detroit, perhaps you should also wonder why the stepfather was trying to get the child's real father's name removed from his birth certificate...

Nós nunca vamos desistir, rapaz.

Sue from Michigan   March 5th, 2009 10:41 am ET

If Brazil continues to violate international law, which they knowingly agreed to under the Hague Convention, then maybe the U.S. should suspend the preferential treatment it extends to Brazil regarding international trade.

On another note: Why didn't the Bush Administration intervenr with this?

Also, I had a similar situation with my son several years ago when he was visiting his father in Africa. It took me two years, with the help of colleagues and family; to get my son back.

I'm praying Mr Goldman gets his son back.

Dean   March 5th, 2009 10:47 am ET

I've been in a custody battle for my two boys for almost 3 years – not to take the children away, but to fight for my right to have them at all. 4.5 year marriage with "maybe" 50k in assets including the home. Total cost in attorney fees thus far – ~400k. 16 days of trial, over 50 court appearances. Good luck my friend – good luck!

The judicial system is a woodchipper with an appetite for men who want to be involved with their children.

Athar   March 5th, 2009 11:07 am ET

Sicko and delusional people like the Ribiero should not be allowed to enter our Great Country...He should be forced to leave our Country for committing a crime of "slander" against one of our Citizens...He should be sued for slander-and I have a feeling he will.

And please more research before you do an interview...I have watched u and enjoyed watching your shows for many years...but this was perhaps your worst performance ever...Please let's try again to do an interview with David without interruptions and more research. Thank you.


Gina   March 5th, 2009 11:07 am ET

I just wanted to add that biological parents are NOT DNA donors or simply birth parents. This is not a title that biological parents use just selfish inconsiderate humans who don't know any better!

claudia de Souza   March 5th, 2009 11:09 am ET

I am a Brazilian woman and now have an American citzenship as well.
In 1985 I seeked divorced in New York from my American husband and fought for custody of our two daughters who , like David's child were born in the USA and have dual citzenship.
At some point I moved back to Brasil ,remairred and had two more daughters , like David's wife , I took t my daughters with me to Brasil in an attempt to gain custody (unlike her I never stopped the father from having contact with the kids ,but these were very hard times on all of us ) .After a very long and costly custody battle , I still lost and they had to be returned to NY to live with their father . On the other hand I had to commute between Brazil and New York about every 5 weeks in order to stay present in my children's lives a very expensive deal !
This is the price of a mariage between individuals from different countries and cultures in case of divorce. NOBODY wins WE ALL LOST.
Eventually my two daughters, after graduating from college in the US moved back to Brasil as adults.
That was their choice.
I would like to know what my daughter Sandrine now 27years old ,who lives in Brazil and is married with a son ,thought of our fight and of David's fight !
Parents must have joint custody . They need to have contact with all family members in both sides , I think this child HAS to be returned to his biological father no matter if his life is better or worst in either country but MUST continue contact with his grand parents in Brazil and his half sister , they are all his family!!
Had I past away then ,I would have never wanted my 2nd husband to keep my two daughters of my first marriage away from their father or keep them away from their half sisters either or my parents !
As adults we must comprimise our wants and be able to look from our children's perspective. What is THEIR rights?
That is my opinion....

Jot   March 5th, 2009 11:13 am ET

I am outraged! being separated from your own child is hard enough. these people have no right, whatsoever to criticize this father. there is no reason or evidence last night to keep him away from his father. did the stepfather adopt him while she was alive? why is this taking so long? he should be with his father now. im scarred for the future. this poor man. if this can happen to him than it can happen to anyone. this needs to be taken care of now.

AnnEz   March 5th, 2009 11:18 am ET

From experience I know that if a child grows up feeling rejected by the biological parent/s for whatever reason they may have, low self esteem, identity crises and lack of self confidence result.
The boy needs to have contact with his dad on a regular basis!
He is an innocent victim and his needs come first.

Velna Reid   March 5th, 2009 11:18 am ET

My situation with the Hague was different from this case, but never the less, the HAGUE TREATY needs to be re-visited. I have been on a crusade for almost a year to have someone on our, so called WONDERFUL, government to listen to the injustice that was done to my daughter and granddaughter due to the Hague Treaty. I won't go into details of my story on here, but SOMEONE has to look at the Hague and make some amendments ot it. So many have suffered due to this treaty. My daughter's case involved the US and Germany. The US has never won a Hague case over Germany, no matter the circunstances, ie. The Lady Cahterine Meyer Case. I think this man should have his son. I wish I could, somehow, get my daughter's case out in the media. I have tried in vain. Our state dept ought to be ashamed of themselves after what was done and being done to my 10 year old granddaugter. I will never stop trying to do something so this doesn't happen to another family.

Lexi   March 5th, 2009 11:47 am ET

A couple more important points that didn't get mentioned on last night's show probably because it didn't last the full hour are:

This is one of around 43 cases of American children being abducted to Brazil, where Brazil has not complied with the Hague Convention and returned the children back to the US.

Secondly, Joao Paolo Lins e Silva, Sean's Brazilian stepfather, is a family lawyer who has represented foreign clients who have had their children abducted to Brazil even as he has harbored an abducted American child (Sean). How's that for a conflict of interest? In fact the US State Dept actually referred one American man I know of to Lins e Silva as a prospective client!

His father Paolo Lins e Silva, also a family lawyer, has spoken out against international child abduction at the Hague and written articles about the importance of the biological parent in the child's life!

Guess the motto is, do as I say but not as I do???!

John   March 5th, 2009 12:14 pm ET

Isn't there a address where we can write to Brazil to show our support? I will cancel my trip, I am so outraged at Mr. Goldman's and I'm sure there are others, as I have read in the comments. Brazil should be accountable.

mike bullion   March 5th, 2009 12:29 pm ET

I am currently going through a custody battle in Burbank, CA. If anyone can assist me in obtaining more time with my 8-year old daughter please contact me at or 310-985-3943.

Thank you,
Mike Bullion

Maria Dubon   March 5th, 2009 12:43 pm ET

I was shocked by the story of David Goldman and his struggle to recover his son after the mother kidnapped him. I am 100% behind this young father. What can we do to help? My thoughts and prayers are with him and his son for a prompt reunion.

Sue   March 5th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

As disgusting as that uncle was to listen to, I'm glad they had him on the show, because he singlehandedly did more to discredit Bruna and her family than anything David Goldman could have done. He really showed their true colors. Good job Hector!

Take heart, David. The crap he was saying about you shows how desperate they are. They know all their illegal acts are catching up with them and the world knows all about it. All they have left are lies that are easily seen through. I know that you will soon have your beloved Sean back. I have been following the story for months and will keep following until that happens, then I and the world will celebrate your happy ending.

Michelle   March 5th, 2009 2:55 pm ET

First of all I would like to start by saying how mad I got by watching the spokes person for the STEPFATHER ( if you can all him that ) of this little boy. I think he is an IDIOT!!! He stated that the biological father signed for the little boy to go to out of the country, did he not understand that Mr. Goldman understood that it would have been for a few weeks not four years. This is a terriable story and I blame the STEPFATHER, would he want someone to come in and take his child. I am sure there is another side to the story, but the mother is not here to tell it and in my opinion she went about it the wrong way. What kind of goverment would allow this to happen. I am glad to live in the USA and I hope that Hillary Clinton's influance can help Mr. Goldman get his son back. Good luck Mr. Goldman!!!

Kim   March 5th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

The Hague Convention is worthless as the paper it was printed on and
Brazil needs to be held accountable. Sean Goldman needs to be with his
dad period and very soon not years from now. As for the Bianchi spokesperson, he was so disrespectful and a big liar. As far as the
videos of Sean and David showing what a loving father really is, that
can not be attacked as a false display of loving fatherhood. Thank God
David has those videos and pictures, because that is all he has are his
memories. This is a heartbreaking case and needs to be resolved
sooner than later. Nancy Grace take over, you will do a better job
at discussing this case, being the loving mother that you are.
Bring Sean Home

Lucia   March 5th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

DNA donor? How can you say that of a father that took care of his son for 4 years and was deprived of more years with his son by a selfish mother? How disgusting this uncle is.

Marina   March 5th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

Marina responding:

I am being called ignorant, and a relative of Bruna, only because I am not buying David's story 100%. I am being a Devil's advocate.

Oh Gosh. I never met her or any of her relatives. I am in the US.

I do not believe in an eye for an eye. Bruna did something that is bad (and no one knows why), but David responded on the same level. If he had done the Christian thing: forgiving her and flying right away to Brazil, I am pretty sure the situation would not be as bad as it is now.

Someone said that she sounded unbalanced on the telephone when she told David she was not coming back. Then, I wondered:

First: where did you hear the tape of such call? If it is available to the public, it sounds like slandering to me. Has it been made available by David's or Bruna's family side?

Second: If she sounded she needed medication, maybe we should ask why. Was her home situation unbearable to a point she needed support from her family? How about David's family and friends? Would they be nice to Bruna if she fought for Sean here? She was alone in a foreign country. No one sees how that can affect psychologically a person?

Third: Ask any kid (I did ask mine) if they want the whole world seeing their case on TV and the Internet. Nobody seems worried how much Sean must be suffering with the exposition of his life. Loving parents do not expose their children that way. That was really what bothered me since the beginning.

All sites that have his picture should be pulled off the Internet. Children deserve privacy protection. That is why in Brazil there WAS a gag order, which David disrespected (another red flag for me). All family law cases in Brazil have it, be the family rich or poor.

Darwin Little   March 5th, 2009 5:09 pm ET

My Brazilian wife and I divorced after 12 years and four children. I am an American, and we raised our children in America. I understand Mr. Goldman's agony. It seems our laws typically favor the mother over the father. After many court battles I eventually won full physical and legal custody of all four children. It was not without great emotion and cost, but I do not regret it. Since then, I have still worried about international kidnapping. I have had airports on alert on more than one occasion during visitations. Child support (low by comparison, and not required for visitation) is sporadic at best. My prayers go out to Mr. Goldman, the only true father and living parent. May he someday soon be permanently reunited with his son.

Ann   March 5th, 2009 5:30 pm ET

I have been follwing this story for months, ever since I first heard about it. I believe that Goldman is a sincere and loving father. His ex-wife probably just did not want to share custody, and figured he would give up after enough time and money had been wasted. But he hasn't.

I'm very glad to see here in these comments that I wasn't alone in thinking that Helvecio Ribeiro was completely dishonest, even irrational. Nothing he said made any sense.

I'm glad, too, that several people from Brazil have commented that they support Goldman. This shows that this is not an issue of cultural differences. This is a fundamental family issue and parental right being violated. They can sympathize completely with Goldman. Why can the Brazilian government not?

And for those few people suggesting that Bruna fled because she and/or Sean were being abused, do you really think that if that were the case, Bruna's family would not lead their argument with that charge?

Peter Good   March 5th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

Question for Dr Gupta:

Are you aware of the studies associating autism with acetaminophen (Tylenol), published by Steve Schultz, a Navy scientist? Children given acetaminophen after their MMR were significantly more likely to become autistic than children given ibuprofen. Schultz proposed that the autism epidemic began in 1980 when the CDC warned that aspirin might be dangerous for infants and young children, and acetaminophen began to rapidly take its place.

Peter Good
Autism Studies
LaPine, OR

steve cooper   March 5th, 2009 6:08 pm ET

I believe the child should be stay in Brazil. I don't believe his biological father really wants him. He is much better off where he is, and Clinton should stay OUT OF THE MATTER.....she has bigger fish to fry.

This kid is doing well with the family of his mother. I hope the rulling is for Brazil. What crocodile tears the biological father shed on tv, he looked really disengenuous and cold.


Colette   March 5th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

Actually Marina, I know of more than one case similar to David's, and there was no media gag order in effect at all. You had mentioned that you were a parent. How would you feel if your child was taken to another country without your permission and not returned? Would you easily accept that your child is now comfortably living in his/her new environment and won't be returned?

Colette   March 5th, 2009 6:18 pm ET

Actually Marina, I know of more than one case similar to David's, and there was no media gag order in effect at all. You had mentioned that you were a parent. How would you feel if your child was taken to another country without your permission and not returned? Would you easily accept that your child is now comfortably living in his/her new environment and won't be returned?

Lauro Silva-Brazil   March 5th, 2009 7:15 pm ET

to Colette and Larry
for the first time I´ve listened ,watching TV, brief news about Mr. Goldman´s case. The news mentioned LKL interview and that Mr. Goldman only tried to recover the custody after the mother´s death. Actually, the case is under a gag order (SEGREDO DE JUSTIÇA). Sorry I didn´t know exactly the meaning of gag order in English. In Brazil ,now and then, one says about ´´gag law´´ (LEI DA MORDAÇA) which means a dictatorship imposition, different from SEGREDO DE JUSTIÇA(gag order) which means a court order forbidding public reporting or commentary on a case currently before the court. Maybe, a protective measure for the families, mainly children, involved, and not because of the wealth and influence of the Lins e Silva family. Two trials are scheduled for the very near future. Thank you.

Rosanna   March 5th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I am writing from Toronto and must say that Brazil looks very foolish right now. This is flat out illegal activity and kidnapping – and to think they even want payment – it is laughable.
I truly hope Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sets the record straight for the world.
The height of insanity on Brazil's part and it makes me never want to visit that country. Shame on them for all their corruption.

A. H.   March 5th, 2009 7:33 pm ET

wow Mr. Steve Cooper,
You dont think the biological father wants his son hes only spent over 300,000 on trying to get him back. I know everyone can voice there own opinion thats what is great about our country, but you are ridiculous. Trust me I would like to say more but I wont go down to your level.I hope to god you dont have children...

aidin9   March 5th, 2009 7:43 pm ET


I very much hope you will have David Goldman on your show again very soon. Between all the interruptions and having to share time with that creepy creature Helvicio I dont think David Goldman had enough air time to get ALL THE FACTS about this case out to the publick.
Please have him on your show again.
Thank You.

Catherine Perry   March 5th, 2009 7:58 pm ET

Last night, I responded to Larry's invitation on the show (I was watching my recording later) to say whether or not I had an experience involving child custody, and I felt so moved by David and Sean's story that I couldn't say much more than a few words regarding my own experience. Many of us are deeply affected because children are such innocent victims of their parents' decisions.

I feel very sad for David and very concerned for Sean who has now lived for 4 years away from his father. I certainly lend my full support to David and wish a speedy resolution of this case. It's outrageous to see how long it has taken even to be recognized nationally. But what a help the Larry King Show can be. I hope that Larry will bring David back and let him tell more of his story in order to reach as many people as possible.

I haven't read everyone's comments here, but my eye fell on someone saying that David's tears were fake and that he came across as cold. I've been on national TV before, and I know how difficult it is to speak naturally, as though there were no camera recording every expression. Let's not forget the stress of David's situation. With best wishes to all.

A. H.   March 5th, 2009 7:58 pm ET

I couldnt agree with you more on this case. I have four girls and the thought of this happening makes me sick.Hopefully Larry King will see the overwhelming amont of support for Mr. goldman and do something about it.
Thank You.......

jo ellis   March 5th, 2009 8:12 pm ET

There are always two side of story, odd enough whenever the Caucasian has conflict with foreigners or minorities, the whole country rally around the Caucasian without any reservations. It reminds me of how tyranny and brutal this nation are raised, breed to whom they are today. In every aspect of social, economic, financial, justice in this country, the purpose is to serve the upmost welfare and benefit protecting the Caucasian v. any and all others. The US’s atrocities and genocide to freely taking third world countries’ resources and overthrown democratic elected president until the new president to be a puppet of Washington speaks volumes of its country, its culture.
As for the Brazil child, I believe he has better chance stay in Brazil with humanities, culture, and civilization. The boy’s future almost guarantees for success raised by a lawyer step-father that v US failed education system, I do believe the mother have thought thru the benefit of her child raised in a much better social environmental system, rather than a culture of rock n roll, drugs, and sex. I have grandchild and I have all intend to raise them overseas, so they will have a future and rose to be a civilized human being and concern of the world affair. But not limited to a myopic view of the world. The world will be a much better place when the human qualities permeate the land.

Nancy   March 5th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Jo Ellis
Your comments are ignorant, idiotic ,disgusting, pathetic and disgraceful. You must be a relative of Bruna or Paulo. Get a life

john   March 5th, 2009 9:20 pm ET


It is almost like you are defending Bruna, just to get this attention. But I understand what you are saying about Sean. It will be a very difficult transition once David reunites with him. BUT most of the people commenting here have been aware and have researched this case for months now. Please do more detailed research and you will understand why there is so much support from not only Americans, but from most Brazilians as well. David never wanted this media attention, but after 4 years with no resolution and the Brazilian courts acting shady YOU'RE GOING TO WANT SOMEONE TO HELP. HE IS DESPERATE!! David's every move was the RIGHT and LEGAL thing to do. David recorded conversations with Bruna and her parents hanging up on him and you can hear those by watching the dateline videos. You may be thinking "oh, but Dateline is only showing David's side." Well why doesn't Bruna's family get a brazilian show to cover their side of the story, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW. They are a very wealthy family NOTICE HOW EVER ALLEGATION IS ABOUT MONEY!!! please do more research from both sides and stop telling David what to do, you are not the one who lost a child!!!!

Marina   March 5th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Dear Colette

If my children were taken away I would go to whichever country they were. I would bring family with me for protection. I would ask the consulate for help. I would hire a lawyer appointed by my consulate. And finally, I would set camp in front of the place in which they were living. My kids would know I was fighting for them.

If you can see my big problem here, it is not David. I always thought of him as a victim of the litigation culture. I read the transcript from Dateline. I am afraid his lawyers tends to aggression instead of mediation. It may be this litigation culture that Bruna has fled. I have known cases in which partners use the prevalent laws as scare tactics against each other. We are all human beings susceptible to failure. Maybe she buckled. And if she was depressed, as she said on the telephone, David should not say he could not see any problem in their marriage. Depression is debilitating.

Marina   March 5th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I forgot one aspect. Is there any precedent that a Brazilian child has being sent back based on the Hague Convention? I am not so sure. How could the lawyer promise David to get Sean back in six weeks? Did she do her research? Although Sean was born in the US, when he is Brazilian soil he is Brazilian, and American in the US. Dual citizenship works this way.

Marina   March 5th, 2009 9:49 pm ET


I do not want any attention, quite the contrary. I just wanted to balance the comments with the other side. I am a skeptical at heart. When I see too much consensus I balk. My kids and I were appalled with the exposition of Sean. That is all.

intel   March 5th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Here's a little something we can learn about Helvecio Ribeiro.

He appears to be a Test Lead for Machine Translation about T-Bot, his translation bot for Windows Live Messenger for Microsoft Research out of Redmond Washington. Smart man benefitting well in the US.

Search his name under Yahoo and be sure to do it in quotes as follows: "Helvecio Ribeiro"

Let's learn more about Helvecio and his role at Microsoft and elsewhere. Perhaps Bill Gates can get involved too.

Jackie Greenberg   March 6th, 2009 12:56 am ET

The answer is yes. There was a Brazilian child sent home from Bergen County NJ last year in a Hague abduction case. My understanding is it took about six weeks. I do not know the particulars of the case beyond that, but imagine it would not be hard to track down.

Pia Mayne   March 6th, 2009 2:37 am ET

Dear Mr. King, I saw our show today about Mr. David Goldman and I was in tears from the begining to the end.
I have that case the other way around. I am in germany and my exhusband is in the states with my daughter.
I know exactly how Mr. Goldman feels. Now you said you want more stories. Here we got.
My husband emailed my story to cnn yesterday already but I believe he took the wrong email address. So here we go

My Name is Pia Mayne my Address is Am Sandrain 6. 64397 Modautal
My phone is 01624354285

I will try to keep my long story short:

First a little backround my Exhusband left us with 360 000 Euro credit. Money Collector where at my house daily. He never ever asked how his kids are doing. If they had food to eat and cloth to wear he did not care. Necause of that I cant afford a bunch of attorneys or flieghts to the states. My Dad died last year he was helping me to pay the bills, he had an other stroke because of all that mental stress we had to go through. My kids had a very close relationship to my parents we are living in the same house. My Exhusband stole money from my parents and me even from his son. He raped me, he hit me and he cheated on me. But even though I am a believer of kids have to have their father in their lives. That’s why I always tried to have there father in their lives. One time he claimed me I do that to make him feel guilty. But that’s not why I did it.

July 2006 I let my kids go to the states to visit their father.
They were supposed to be back in september 06.
But he did not send them back.

My daughter emailed me when she was with me about 100 times a day or called me at work. After one week in the states she turned 100 %. She was a talker – she always had to say something but it changed after one week. She didn’t call me like she used too, she didn’t write emails like she used too. I had the last email in July from her. Saying I love you …. And after that everything changed. I asked her once why she don t call me and she said the strangest thing I ever heard from her: She don’t know our phone Number, Mr. King, please, I have no reason to lie, my daughter was a phone number Genius. She even knew when she was 6 the phone number from her Kindergarden……

My Ex husband called me two days before they were supposed to come home and told me kids wont come they hate me.

I was able to get my Son (at that time 18) back in February 2007/
Since than I have had no contact with my daughter (that time 13)

I have custody for both of my children.

The kids entered the states with a german passport that time..
The father stole the american birth certificates.
ICE, Immigration and Border Controll also a lady in the us embassy in Frankfurt told me, don’t worry they will be departed anyways after 90 days. Because they entered the states with a german passport. One person I talked to even told me after telling him my Ex has the American birth certificates, that wouldn’t make my kids to Americans.

I was informed by my son that the father and his wife are addicted to valium, morphine, and lor tabs, and they gave my daughter some kind of anti depressents.

I involved ICE, border Controll, Immirgration, the white house., Bundesjustizministerium Bonn, COMEC, state Department, HRS in Vermont, HRS in Germany, police in germany, Missing and Exploited Childrens, and a attorney here in germany, an attorney in the states. The FBI here and in germany the Embassy in Boston and the us embassy in Frankfurt.

I involved the Huage convention. It is a run around since 2006.

My attorney in germany I cant get a hold now any more. She wrote a letter to my ex to send my daughter back cost me 600 euro....

We told her she needs to get a pick up order from my court here but she thought a letter will do it.
After she talked to a woman from the FBI who i involved she changed her mind. But than it was to late because
And because I involved the Huage Convention the judge in Germany will not give me a pick up order for my chicld.

I have no information about my daughters where abouts.

Now my problem. In 44 days she will turn 16 and my case wont be covered by the Huage Convention because nobody did really his job right. The father is hiding since September 2007 and they cant find him to serve papers. Papers expire and a judge in Vermont needs more than a month to find out they are expired this is just one little discusting situation I had.

The police in the states I involved in 2006 Mr. Jody Small, he told me to send the custody papers and now he didnt need them in translated in english he said he had some one who talks german.... I found out that that someone was my ex husband... isnt that against the law.

The attorney that was appointed from Missing and Expolited Children offered to take the case as a pro bono case and later he told me twice if I pay him 30 000 Dollars he will guarantee the return of the child in 48 hours.
I can not afford 30 000 Dollars.

He is still involved in my case but real slow because of the money issue. In no way do i see that he is representing me in a manner of my best interest or in a professional manner.

For what is there Laws and a Huage Convention Treaty if the US over rules a german court decision and just ignores my custody orders of my child.

Just to try to explain you what kind of a father he is:
Since February 2007 his son left him and came back to germany – since than there was no phone call from him to his son. No card. No birthday or x-mas wishes
No question how his son is doing

Is it just me who thinks this stinks?

Since 2007 he denies any contact with my daughters brother – with her grandparents – with me.
This is child abduction and against the law in germany but no one listens. And I really cant believe it is good for a child to be treated like this.

Mr King, my story is a lot lot longer there is a lot more to say– but after I heard you saying you want stories I was in a hurry to send you my story. And please forgive me spelling and gramma mistakes.

But if you want the whole story I got my whole story in german I will let it be translated I am already working on this.

I need people like you who get my story in the media. So if you could even help me a little I would be thankfull from the bottom of my heard.
I got every single name who was involved. I have emails.

Pia Mayne

Pia Mayne   March 6th, 2009 2:40 am ET

Is there anyway to contact Mr. Godman privat?

ed,vancouver canada   March 6th, 2009 3:13 am ET

if the father took off with that kid,the kid would have been back in the u.s. years ago.

another example of the men getting the raw end of the deal.
just ask alec balwin and a million others.

JDD   March 6th, 2009 5:49 am ET

You obviously don't love your children the way David loves Sean. If your child was kidnapped, and you were allowed no contact, and time was passing, would you not do ANYTHING to get your child back? Raising AWARENESS is the only way David has a chance of getting his own child back. You are obviously affiliated with the kidnappers, because you believe that Sean has a right to privacy now. Are you kidding me? He needs help, he needs the whole world to know about his case so he can have someone step in and speak for him, you know very well Sean would have never chosen to leave his loving Father's side. That choice was made for him.

You shock me! No Mom I know, in their right mind, would ever advocate for a step father to keep a child when the biological father is wanting that child, and never agreed to or wanted the separation in the first place. David has spent $360,000 to try and get his child back, with multiple trips to a foreign country, and his own safety threatened all the while. But that doesn't show love and commitment against all odds to his son? Who are you? YOU are the one who doesn't understand a parent's love. If you do have children, would you keep quiet if your child were taken to a foreign country and hidden from you? Wouldn't you shout from the mountain tops and do whatever you could to get your child home? I guess not, I guess you would say, "Oh well, they will have good schooling in that country and the family is rich, so I don't need my child, a whole year has passed anyway." If you would keep quiet, you are no Mom like anyone I know!
Your posts are shameful. You are so very obviously with the kidnappers, and that is a fact, are you a friend, or are you Lins E Silva in drag?

For the most part, the people from Brazil who have posted have HUGE hearts and are supporting David. I am so proud of those people. I think they are wonderful, compassionate and they have an innate sense of justice and know that we Americans would stand up for them if their child were here needing to be returned to Brazil!

People like you, Marina, who would support the idea of kidnapping a child then hiding them long enough and causing such delays in the court process that the argument they "are adjusted" should prevail, have no idea what it meanst to be a loving parent. You haven't a clue.

The fact that a BIOLOGICAL FATHER is fighting for his OWN CHILD from a STEP FATHER who only has been in this child's life for a few years, is a JOKE! It is an OUTRAGE!

I have heard that this step-father doesn't even live with Sean. Great father he is! He also has a playboy image on his online social networking page, and he has quite a reputation with the ladies. What a moral man to raise Sean!

Would this step-father like his daughter raised by a rich family in America, who could give his daughter more material wealth? Maybe he would? That is his definition of fatherhood, money and corrupt morals make a good father in his mind. I actually really fear what he is doing to Sean, because it is very unnatural for a step-father to want to keep a boy from his natural father. It is really creepy, and I fear for Sean on many levels.

This is all so outrageous, it is unreal that this can happen in today's world. I feel a sense of pride in joining with all those around the world who support David Goldman in his quest to be reunited with his son, and I feel ashamed of those that would ever fight against that, and I hope nothing but KARMA for all of you.

Keep up the fight David, we are all behind you and Sean has another 9 years left of needing your guidance, and care and the love only a father can give his child, and that is going to be a wonderful 9 years you will be spending with him. I expect him home within a month.

I hope his kidnappers are jailed, and sued for millions for what they've done and I hope the one thing they cannot buy, their reputations, are ruined forever.

Blessings to you both David and Sean, and to all that are fighting on the morally and legally correct side.

Laura Roman   March 6th, 2009 6:04 am ET



samreen   March 6th, 2009 6:24 am ET

i saw ur program on t.v abt this fellow David goldman....... actually i have two my own cases similar to this, and seeking for any help from the government of USA......
in 1999 my US citizen brother's wife took his daughter away from him with out his permission and never returned. My brother has never got to see his daughter and we don't even know the where abouts of the girl. she is 11 years old now........ her mother remarried. so is there any thing u can do for my brother???
The second case is mine........ my son was born in USA in 2002 and the same year his father (my ex. husband) went to jail for domestic charges against me. then his lawyer asked me to go back home to save him which i did. i came to Pakistan with my US citizen boy on 5th August 2003. and as soon as i reached to my inlaws they snatched my and my son's American passport and never returned. The custody case is still being in process since 4 years. My ex husband is married again and had become father again and doesn't live in Pakistan. he is in New Zealand with his new wife and baby and having good time. Only me and my son are suffering alot here. My son can not go to his own country and we have life threatening situation here because they have a big family here and i live alone with my son. My entire family is in USA. my child is suffering mental stress because of his paternal grand father.
Is there any thing you people can do for us to save us from these criminal? Hope and waiting eagerly for your prompt reply

Thank You

HRP SOFT AND STRONG   March 6th, 2009 7:01 am ET

Eu sou brasileiro e defendo que o garoto fique com nossa gente pois ele é registrado e cidadão brasileiro.
Ninguem vai tirá-lo daqui!

Debbie H   March 6th, 2009 10:10 am ET

I first started following this story when it aired on Dr. Phil sometime ago. I am absolutely appalled that this is taking place how is it possible that a child is torn from his biological father and being raised by someone breaking international laws. The American government should be doing more to help this man and his son be reunited as quickly as possible, on American soil. Far too much time has passed already....could you imagine living without your children?

intel   March 6th, 2009 10:17 am ET

People like Marina need to make themselves known before conceiving children. That way, no one will want to get near them as they know what moral standards they hold (or don't hold).

Every man (or woman) should ask some really hard questions and know their mate before conceiving with them.

Would stop a lot of anguish throughout the world.

Also, know your in-laws and your mate's relationship with them. Rest assured, David's in-laws are accessories to kidnapping and I'm sure the warning signs were there.

Lastly, maybe we need to expand the war on terror to include such actions as those by the Lins-E-Silva family. Kidnapping an American citizen shouldn't go unanswered by our nation and quite frankly, a message needs to be sent that we don't tolerate this. Lins-E-Silva should be on a one way trip to Guantanamo.

HRP SOFT AND STRONG   March 6th, 2009 10:24 am ET

Esse jovem tem cidadania brasileira, e enfim, está no Brasil há muito tempo, aprendendo e estudando em nossa lingua portuguesa, convivendo com sua meio irmã, vivendo com seus avós e primos.
A solução seria alguns meses de férias com o pai e visitas paternas sem limite.
Aqui em nosso país o menino não terá qualquer prejuizo , seja escolar, ou cultural, visto que a familia da mãe é estudada e bem de vida, e sendo assim com totais condições de dar ao garoto estudo de primeira e vida própera.
Desculm a intromissão aqui nesse blog de lingua inglesa, de um brasileiro monoglota , mas o garoto é brasileiro e torce pa o Fluminense!
Muita paz e energia a todos mundo afora!

intel   March 6th, 2009 10:49 am ET


Why don't you write in English so all of us can understand you?

You wrote in Portuguese that it's ok to kidnap a child. So would you be ok if one of Brazil's children was kidnapped to the US?

HRP, be realistic here– what your fellow countrymen have done is wrong and what your government allows, that acceptance of a kidnapping and the forced imprisonment of an American citizen is wrong and unacceptable to the American people.

You should advocate for the return of this American citizen back to the United States and for re-unification of his father.

Porque don' t que você escreve em inglês assim que todos nós pode compreendê-lo?

Você escreveu no português que it' aprovação de s para sequestrar uma criança. Assim você seria aprovação se um de Brazil' as crianças de s foram sequestradas aos E.U.?

HRP, seja realístico aqui– o que seus compatriotas fizeram é errado e o que seu governo concede, essa aceitação de um rapto e do aprisionamento forçado de um cidadão americano é errada e inaceitável aos povos americanos.

Você deve advogar para o retorno deste cidadão americano de volta aos Estados Unidos e para a reunificação de seu pai.

HRP SOFT AND STRONG   March 6th, 2009 11:21 am ET

Nada de rapto!
Se bem sei das coisas o que houve origina-se na viagem da falecida mãe do menino para o Brasil e e a posterior separação do casal.
Num segundo momento a jovem moça casou-se de novo e morreu no paryo de uma menina, meia irmã do filho de David.
O menino é brasileiro , registrado e nascido aqui!
Tem dupla cidadania por conta do pai ser norte americano.
Ponto final.
Já o problema das visitas pode ser facilemte solucionado já que o pai tem todo o direito de visitar seu filho e passar, porque não, férias com ele.
Aí entra a "neura de voce s norte americanos que sempre se acham os senhores domundo.....
Duvido que se esse menino voltar para os States , alguém conseguira trazê-lo de volta para o Brasil......
O filho de David não é Elian!
Voce norte americanos não estão perdendo um cidadão num sequestro.....
Isso é reducionismo puro!
Nem ninguém quer torturar cidadão americano.
Aqui o menino tem tios, avós e meia irmã, e muito carinho, paz e uma familia que pode lhe dar estudo e condições de progredir!
Que nossa justiça decida!
E desculpe.....mas ninguém sequestrou o menino, isso é mentira grosseira!

intel   March 6th, 2009 11:40 am ET


Please have respect for all of us and write in English so we can understand you.

In your last posting, you state that we (Americans) are not losing a citizen in sequestration. Are you serious in what you've written here? First, this boy is a son– the son of a father that lives in the United States. Also, this boy is and has always been an American citizen. The laws of the US and the orders of its courts dictated that this child returns and yet, the government of Brazil ignores them. If Brazil is unable to respect the fundamental right that a child belongs with the surviving parent, then would it be acceptable that a US citizen remove a Brazilian against his will and relocate to the US? Of course not. Also, didn't Brazil commit to the Hague Treaty?

Your argument here should have been made prior to Bruna conceiving this child with David. Bruna is an adult and if she didn't feel that the US would be a good place to conceive and raise a child, she should not have conceived this child with David. If every mother changes her mind after conceiving a child, then what will become of this world?

HRP, what you said proves the need for an international dialogue of this problem that plagues every nation.

HRP, conceiving a child is a serious commitment to the child and the other parent– Bruna apparently lacked any empathy toward David and Shawn and now sadly, a little girl.

HRP, sadly you speak this way but if this were to happen to you, you would have a different opinion.

Tenha por favor o respeito para todos nós e escreva-o em inglês assim que nós podemos compreendê-lo.

Em sua última afixação, você indic que nós (americanos) não estamos perdendo um cidadão no sequestration. É você sério em que you' VE escrita aqui? Primeiramente, este menino é um filho– o filho de um pai esse vive nos Estados Unidos. Também, este menino é e foi sempre um cidadão americano. As leis dos E.U. e as ordens de suas cortes ditaram que esta criança retorna no entanto, o governo de Brasil ignoram-nas. Se Brasil é incapaz de respeitar os direitos fundamentais que uma criança pertence com o pai de sobrevivência, a seguir seria aceitável que um cidadão dos E.U. remove um brasileiro de encontro a seu e relocate aos E.U.? Naturalmente não. Também, didn' t Brasil comete ao Tratado de Haia?

Seu argumento aqui deve ter sido feito antes de Bruna que concebe esta criança com David. Bruna é um adulto e se ela didn' sensação de t que os E.U. seriam um bom lugar para conceber e levantar uma criança, não deve ter concebido esta criança com David. Se cada mãe muda sua mente após ter concebido uma criança, a seguir que acontecerá com este mundo?

HRP, o que você disse prova a necessidade para um diálogo internacional deste problema que flagela cada nação.

HRP, concebendo uma criança é um compromisso sério à criança e ao outro pai– Bruna faltou aparentemente toda a empatia para David e Shawn e agora triste, uma menina.

HRP, triste você fala esta maneira mas se esta era lhe acontecer, você teria uma opinião diferente.

Redfray   March 6th, 2009 11:56 am ET

Its not good to have a radio talk show host talk bad about another talk show host. Specially when it concerned treason. If we are to put one radio talk show host on trial, we should also put the others on trial. When one has no rights to freedom of speech the others should not either. Just think this whole rattling is over one word, well journalist use words everyday out of context to slant the meaning. This large noise over politics is like hungry dogs fighting over some rotten flesh. We should be concerned about our country, do we like it the way it is and has been for 200 plus years, or do we want to change to a new form of living?

Janet L Ghilarducci   March 6th, 2009 12:15 pm ET

I almost never watch LKL but tuned in to see David Goldman because I have been so deeply moved by his tragic story. I was really upset at Larry King's callous manner and total lack of knowledge of the story, the interruptions to update B. Bush's heart surgery, and the inordinate amount of uninterrupted time given to the slanderer! As if Mr. Goldman hasn't been through enough, he had to sit and listen to the horrendous lies being told about him by Bruna's uncle and be treated by the host in such an unforgivably disrespectful way. I will NOT watch LKL again.

Kevin   March 6th, 2009 12:52 pm ET

There is NO bigger nightmare than the one we are living through right now with Obama as president. God help me wake up from this pathetic, miserable display of leadership.

OBAMA One Big A s s Mistake America.

intel   March 6th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

The comment on March 6th, 2009 at 12:52pm ET does not belong here.

This is a forum to discuss David Goldman and the missing NFL players.

Gustavo   March 6th, 2009 1:07 pm ET

This thing is not a fight between Brazil and USA. Most Brazilians like me (and I'm a real Brazilian, not one of those "Brazilians" from Boston or New York) are with David Goldman in this case. Calls for a boycott agains Brazil as well as criticism against Brazilian government are nonsense. The government of Brazil has nothing to do with this case as the judiciary is independent. There are plenty of reason one can evoke to boycott the US too.

Flint94   March 6th, 2009 3:02 pm ET

I dont agree with you Gustavo. The Hague Convention deals with this issue and is between governments. If Brazil had no intention of following the language of this agreement and forcing their courts and other branches to do the same they should not have signed it. By signing it, they are agreeing to follow its rules "as a country". You are splitting hairs that should not be split.

On a greater level, I dont know why the US continues to allow other countries to bully and abuse not only their agreements with us as a country but our citizens. Brazil, like most other countries in the world gets aid, tourism, commerce and many other things from the US. We are by far their largest commerce partner yet they do not respond when we ask them to. There is going to come a time, and it should be now, where the US is not going to tolerate that kind of behavior and then we can talk about mutual boycott's and who's countries will lose more because of it. I can tell you, we dont go out for Brazillian food much in my neighborhood, nor do we do much shopping at Brazillian markets. Furthermore, all of Brazil's recent oil discoveries amount to nothing in the current environment and even less if they US boycotts.

My advice is Brazil as a country better begin to think about how they are treating their sugar daddy Uncle Sam and stop acting like they have any authority in the matter at all. The only reason this is still an issue is because we honor our agreements. If we acted like Brazil and didnt, we could just as easily send in Green Berets to get Sean and call this a done deal. Careful you dont push us far enough to do that.

Gustavo   March 6th, 2009 7:12 pm ET

Flint94, the unapropriate tone of your answer do not deserve a decent answer. I'll not waste my time with you.

Flint94   March 6th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

Its inappropriate not unappropriate and you wont answer because you cant because I am right.

Gustavo   March 6th, 2009 7:35 pm ET


I'm afraid to say your secretary of state doesn't agree with you as she understands more about how democracies work than you do. And I believe I understand more about how democracies work than you do too.

Your moral reprehensions and threats about Brazil supposedly not following an international convention are hillarious considering you come from a country that repeatedly violated the Geneva convention.

I mentioned a boycott in the US only to ridicularise those that curse a country for supposedly kidnapping a boy at the same time that their own country kills hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan every month.

I hope I have not commited any English mistake now, so that you don't think that you're more intelligent than me because you speak your own language better than me 😀

PS: I'm shaking my legs to the possibility of you sending your marines here 😉

Regina   March 6th, 2009 7:46 pm ET

I am Brazilian, naturalized American, I am ashamed of this administration, but in a country where people educated and informed minority are elected are such people as Mr. Lula.
Our apologies.

Flint94   March 6th, 2009 9:13 pm ET


Its not your lack of english skills that demonstrate your lack of intelligence. It's your telling me you know more but saying nothing that proves it. I would be interested to know what you think you know more about than I do.

However, I find that its the people that begin to mix apples in with oranges that know the least. As you have done here. The issue is a small boy not Afganistan. If we want to compare the laundry list of atrocities that our countries have committed I am sure Brazil's side will be just as long or longer. But try and focus on the task at hand which is returning a son to his father.

Perhaps your legs are shaking because you realize you dont have a leg to stand on in this debate.

Gustavo   March 6th, 2009 11:46 pm ET


Less than 1/10 of your first comment was about the subject.

My point was already given, it is in the comment made in March 6th, 1:07 PM ET. Mixing apples with orange is to blame the Brazilian government in this case.

Flavia   March 7th, 2009 1:32 am ET

Vou escrever para brasileiros e americanos. Para os americanos minha solidariedade, e espero que a justiça seja feita e o menino possa voltar para seu pai, que é o que tem direito sobre ele e ainda está vivo. O menino é também cidadão americano e além de precisar do pai neste momento e por toda a vida, ele merece viver em seu país de origem, seu país decente que vai dar a ele reconhecimento da cidadania.

Para os brasileiros, digo que voltem para suas vidas e cuidem de seus filhos e da sociedade brasileira que já é suficientemente decadente. Não se metam neste assunto, não façam desta criança inocente uma bandeira anti EUA, porque o Brasil já tem miséria física e mental suficiente para que vocês se manifestem. Enquanto o governo apronta, vocês querem se sentir os juizes em cima de uma situação que não interessa a vocês. Será que não há uma situação se quer que o brasileiro não deixe de agir com mediocridade?

I’m gonna write to brazilians and Americans.For Americans my solidarity, and I hope that justice been made and the boy could back to his father, who has the right above him and are alive.The boy is also a American citizen and besides of need his dad in this moment and for all life long he deserves to live in his country of origin, his decent country who’ll give him a citizen acknowledgement.
For Brazilians I say go back to your lives and take care of your children and Brazilian society that is already fairly decadent.Don’t mess up with this subject and don’t make this innocent child an anti USA flag because brazil has physical and mental misery enough for you demonstrate.While brazilian government do whatever they want to do, you want feeling like judges above a situation that’s not for your business.It will be at least any situation that Brazilians don’t stop acting with mediocrity?

ВИДЕОШОК   December 5th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

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