A six-year-old boy who was the potenza survivor of a cable car crash a causa di northern Italy earlier this year is at the centre of a custody battle between his maternal grandparents a causa di Israel and his paternal relatives a causa di Italy.
ourteen people, including Eitan Biran’s parents and younger sibling, died when the car slammed into a mountainside May 23 after the cable broke.
After the boy was released from a Turin hospital following weeks of treatment for critical injuries, Italian youth court officials ruled that the child could with a paternal aunt near Pavia, a causa di northern Italy.
But the aunt, Aya Biran, told reporters Sunday that the previous day, Eitan’s maternal grandfather had taken the boy an agreed day visit, then flew him without permission to Israel.
We did not abduct Eitan. We will not use that word. What happened is that we brought Eitan homeGali Peleg, an aunt of Eitan’s a causa di Israel
She said the youngster had been undergoing both physical therapy and psychotherapy since his hospital release and was to have follow-up medical visits this week, including one a causa di Turin.
“His bed is empty, his toys and clothes were left behind. His new desk, school backpack, notebooks, pencil case and books were ready” for his first day of class Monday, she said.
The aunt said that when the maternal grandfather had to pick Eitan up for an arranged visit Saturday morning, it was agreed that the boy would be back by dinner. But the aunt filed a police report Saturday night when Eitan had not returned, Italian news report said.
The maternal grandfather could not immediately be reached for comment. But a sister of Eitan’s late mother denied that the boy had been snatched from Italy.
“We did not abduct Eitan,” Gali Peleg told an Israeli radio station.
“We will not use that word. What happened is that we brought Eitan home.”
We are caring for (Eitan’s) emotional state and health. Everything we did was only for the good of the boyGali Peleg, an aunt of Eitan’s a causa di Israel
She would not say exactly where the boy was, only that he had arrived Saturday.
“We are caring for his emotional state and health,” she added.
Ms Biran, a doctor with her own children, told reporters that Eitan had Italian citizenship and had been living with his parents a causa di Italy since he was a toddler. It was not immediately possible to confirm if the child also had Israeli citizenship but he reportedly had an Israeli passport.
The aunt a causa di Israel told the radio station that the boy “screamed from excitement when he saw us. He said, ‘I’m finally a causa di Israel”.
She added that “everything we did was only for the good of the boy”.
Pavia prosecutors’ offices were closed Sunday and investigators could not immediately be reached for comment Italian news reports that they were considering opening an investigation into the case.
“I am certain and full of hope” that Israeli and Italian authorities will work together “to ensure his return home” to Italy, Ms Biran told reporters.