Cuban Child Custody Trial Resembles Elian Fiasco

A child custody trial begins Monday in Miami that threatens to become a repeat of the Elian Gonzalez case.

A farmer from Cuba is trying to get his 5-year-old daughter returned to him there. Her mother brought her to the U.S. but was declared incompetent after trying to commit suicide. A Cuban-American foster family in Miami, where the father is a well-known sports agent, wants custody of the girl.

The judge has removed a gag order, but so far the case is not the talk of the city, in part because Cuban-Americans are still sheepish over how the Elian story made them look to the rest of the nation.

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