Win the baby to survive the Italian cable car tragedy

The 6-year-old boy who survived the cable car accident is at the center of a custody battle between his maternal family in Israel and his paternal home in Italy.

Fourteen people, including Eitan Biran’s parents and younger brother, were killed when a cable car plunged down a mountainside in northern Italy in May. The boy was released from hospital after weeks of treatment for serious injuries and the court ruled. for the minor ruled that he could live with his doctor aunt Aya Biran in Pavia, northern Italy.

However, the aunt on September 12 told reporters that the day before, Eitan’s grandfather took the baby out and took him to Israel without her consent. Biran said Eitan still has to undergo physical and psychological treatment after being discharged from the hospital and has a follow-up visit this week.

“His bed is empty, toys and clothes are left behind. New desk, schoolbag, notebook, pencil case and books are ready” for the first day of school on September 13, she said.

Biran said that when his grandfather came to pick Eitan out on the morning of September 11, the two sides agreed that the boy would come home for dinner. After Eitan failed to return, she informed the police the same evening.

The scene of a cable car accident that killed 14 people in northern Italy in May. Photo: AFP.

The scene of a cable car accident that killed 14 people in northern Italy in May. Photo: AFP.

The grandfather has not yet responded to media requests for comment, but a sister of Eitan’s mother denied that the baby was abducted from Italy.

“We didn’t kidnap Eitan,” Gali Peleg told 103 FM radio in Israel. “We shouldn’t use that word. What happened was we just brought Eitan home.”

Gali Peleg did not say exactly where the boy was, only that he arrived in Israel on 9/11. “We are taking care of her health and emotional well-being,” she said.

The aunt said that the baby is an Italian citizen, living with his parents in Italy from the time he was a toddler until before the accident. It is not known whether Eitan holds Israeli citizenship, but he is believed to have an Israeli passport. Gali Peleg told radio that he “screamed with excitement when he saw us” and said “he’s finally arrived in Israel”.

The Italian Foreign Ministry has not yet commented. Italian media reported that investigators in Pavia were considering opening an investigation, but the information has not been confirmed.

“I am sure and also full of hope that the Israeli and Italian authorities will work together to ensure that my grandchild gets home,” Aya Biran told reporters.

The Corriere della Sera newspaper quoted his biological uncle Or Nirko as saying on September 1 that Peleg’s family had the boy’s Israeli passport and had not given it to his paternal home despite an Italian court order requiring them to do so by January 30. 8. Nirko said her maternal grandparents argued that if she stayed in Italy, “Eitan would grow up without a connection to her Israeli lineage.”

According to relatives on the paternal side, the maternal family sued in Italian courts to arrange child custody when Eitan lived with her aunt Biran and her stepchild.

Huyen Le (Follow AP)

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