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Court rules teen convert, parents must talk

A plan for reuniting a runaway Christian convert and her Muslim family calls for both the girl and her parents to listen to each other's views about religion.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A plan for reuniting a runaway Christian convert and her Muslim family calls for both the girl and her parents to listen to each other's views about religion.

The proposal filed Monday in Franklin County Juvenile Court said 17-year-old needs to hear out her parents' explanation of their religious beliefs.

The plan also called for the parents to listen to the girl's explanation of her Christianity so all sides can better understand why she ran away to Florida over the summer.

Bary has said she feared her father would harm or kill her for converting from Islam. Her father has denied the claim.

The plan leaves open the possibility that the girl may never return home, since she told a caseworker she wants no contact with her parents or siblings, who are originally from Sri Lanka.

The teenager disappeared last month and police used phone and computer records to track her to the Rev. Blake Lorenz, pastor of Orlando, Fla.-based Global Revolution Church, who she had met through an online Facebook prayer group.