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Wis. father wins international custody case

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin father has won an international custody case that could bring his 9-year-old daughter home from Japan by Christmas.

The girl's mother, Emiko Inoue (em-EE'-koh IN'-uh-way), pleaded no contest to interfering with child custody in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday and agreed to return Karina Garcia to Wisconsin.

Japan isn't part of an international compact on child abduction. So the girl's return would be a landmark case for children abducted to Japan and returned with legal intervention.

The mother fled to her native Japan with the girl in February 2008, shortly after her husband, Moises Garcia, filed for divorce. The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/uOXbRS ) reports the girl was born in Wisconsin and is currently living with her maternal grandparents in Japan.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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