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February 28, 1990 | Associated Press
A judge said Tuesday that he would rule within two days on a request to release the passport of Dr. Elizabeth Morgan to enable her to travel to New Zealand to fight a custody lawsuit filed by her former husband. Morgan was jailed in 1987 for more than two years for failing to reveal the whereabouts of her daughter, Hilary, who is now 7. Her passport request was taken under advisement by District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Herbert Dixon after a hearing.
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December 1, 1990 | Associated Press
Dr. Eric Foretich said Friday he was abandoning his custody fight for his daughter after a judge in New Zealand ruled that the 8-year-old girl must remain with her mother in that country. The legal battle over the custody of Hilary Foretich brought nationwide attention after her mother, Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, served 25 months in jail for contempt of court because she refused to disclose the girl's whereabouts. Hilary was found earlier this year with her grandparents in New Zealand.
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NEWS
May 25, 1989
A mother's 21-month jail stay should end because further incarceration won't end a bitter child custody battle or persuade her to reveal where she has hidden her daughter, a Washington appeals court was told. Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, a prominent plastic surgeon, was sent to the District of Columbia Jail on civil contempt charges in August, 1987, after refusing to produce her daughter Hilary for court-ordered visits with Eric Foretich, Morgan's ex-husband and the girl's father. Morgan said she hid the girl because Foretich had sexually abused her; Foretich has denied those charges.
NEWS
June 6, 1990 | From Associated Press
An oral surgeon who waged a bitter court battle over the right to visit his daughter said Tuesday that he has not stopped fighting to have the child -- now living in New Zealand with her mother -- returned to the United States. "I just feel it's better for her that I don't engage in a full-blown court battle," Dr. Eric Foretich said of his 7-year-old daughter, Hilary. "Let the immigration officials in New Zealand decide."
NEWS
September 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Bush on Saturday signed a bill designed to free a Washington mother jailed 25 months ago in a bitter child custody dispute, and attorneys filed an emergency motion for her release. White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said Bush signed the bill to free Dr. Elizabeth Morgan "out of compassion for her plight." The bill was approved by Congress amid growing national interest in the case.
NEWS
March 2, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A District of Columbia judge released his legal hold over Dr. Elizabeth Morgan's passport, bringing her closer to a reunion in New Zealand with the 7-year-old daughter she spirited into hiding more than two years ago. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is expected to agree with the ruling. Morgan spent more than two years in jail for refusing to produce her daughter, Hilary, for unsupervised visits with her ex-husband, Dr. Eric A.
NEWS
February 26, 1990 | Associated Press
A U.S. doctor arrived in New Zealand today to try to reclaim his 7-year-old daughter, who is at the center of a bitter custody battle and reportedly has not seen either of her parents for two years. "I intend to see my daughter and I have every intention of bringing her back home," Dr. Eric A. Foretich said. The girl's mother, Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, was jailed for 25 months when she refused to say where her daughter was after a U.S. court gave her former husband unsupervised access to the child.
NEWS
March 3, 1990 | From United Press International
An appeals court Friday returned to Dr. Elizabeth Morgan the passport it had seized 3 1/2 years ago, allowing her to travel to New Zealand to participate in an international custody fight for her daughter. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals turned over the passport to Morgan a day after a lower court judge, who had jailed Morgan for more than two years for contempt of court, ruled that releasing the passport "is in the best interests of the minor child."
NEWS
March 19, 1990 | The Baltimore Sun
Dr. Elizabeth Morgan was reunited with her 7-year-old daughter, Hilary Foretich, over the weekend in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a 2 1/2-year separation brought about by the broken family's custody dispute. Morgan, who had been in Auckland, New Zealand, for the past two weeks conferring with her New Zealand lawyer, flew to Christchurch on Saturday and joined her daughter and parents, Bill and Antonia Morgan, at the Diplomat Motel, where the Morgans have lived with Hilary for 18 months.
NEWS
March 6, 1990 | EDWIN CHEN and MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As classes let out at the Selwyn House private school for girls, the happy children in their brown blazers and Panama hats contrast sharply with the women pulling up in their four-wheel-drive station wagons and Jeeps. The mothers are in a foul mood. As they quickly whisk their daughters away, some even spit out obscenities at the reporters who are staking out the school in vain hope of glimpsing Hilary Foretich. "Leave her alone!" one passing motorist shouts.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The Morgan-Foretich child custody war may be the most stunning case of abuse in America these days. Abuse by the media. It continues tonight on the PBS program "Frontline," which is presenting an updated version of a sometimes irresponsible BBC documentary already shown in England and four times this month on Lifetime cable. Airing at 9 on Channels 28 and 15, and 10 on Channel 50, it's titled "Hilary in Hiding." The "Hilary" is 7-year-old Hilary Foretich, a victim if there ever was one.
NEWS
March 19, 1990 | The Baltimore Sun
Dr. Elizabeth Morgan was reunited with her 7-year-old daughter, Hilary Foretich, over the weekend in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a 2 1/2-year separation brought about by the broken family's custody dispute. Morgan, who had been in Auckland, New Zealand, for the past two weeks conferring with her New Zealand lawyer, flew to Christchurch on Saturday and joined her daughter and parents, Bill and Antonia Morgan, at the Diplomat Motel, where the Morgans have lived with Hilary for 18 months.
NEWS
March 6, 1990 | EDWIN CHEN and MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As classes let out at the Selwyn House private school for girls, the happy children in their brown blazers and Panama hats contrast sharply with the women pulling up in their four-wheel-drive station wagons and Jeeps. The mothers are in a foul mood. As they quickly whisk their daughters away, some even spit out obscenities at the reporters who are staking out the school in vain hope of glimpsing Hilary Foretich. "Leave her alone!" one passing motorist shouts.
NEWS
March 3, 1990 | From United Press International
An appeals court Friday returned to Dr. Elizabeth Morgan the passport it had seized 3 1/2 years ago, allowing her to travel to New Zealand to participate in an international custody fight for her daughter. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals turned over the passport to Morgan a day after a lower court judge, who had jailed Morgan for more than two years for contempt of court, ruled that releasing the passport "is in the best interests of the minor child."
NEWS
March 2, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A District of Columbia judge released his legal hold over Dr. Elizabeth Morgan's passport, bringing her closer to a reunion in New Zealand with the 7-year-old daughter she spirited into hiding more than two years ago. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals is expected to agree with the ruling. Morgan spent more than two years in jail for refusing to produce her daughter, Hilary, for unsupervised visits with her ex-husband, Dr. Eric A.
NEWS
February 28, 1990 | Associated Press
A judge said Tuesday that he would rule within two days on a request to release the passport of Dr. Elizabeth Morgan to enable her to travel to New Zealand to fight a custody lawsuit filed by her former husband. Morgan was jailed in 1987 for more than two years for failing to reveal the whereabouts of her daughter, Hilary, who is now 7. Her passport request was taken under advisement by District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Herbert Dixon after a hearing.
NEWS
December 1, 1990 | Associated Press
Dr. Eric Foretich said Friday he was abandoning his custody fight for his daughter after a judge in New Zealand ruled that the 8-year-old girl must remain with her mother in that country. The legal battle over the custody of Hilary Foretich brought nationwide attention after her mother, Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, served 25 months in jail for contempt of court because she refused to disclose the girl's whereabouts. Hilary was found earlier this year with her grandparents in New Zealand.
NEWS
February 24, 1990 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seven-year-old Hilary Foretich, whose mother spent more than two years in jail as part of a bitter legal battle over alleged sexual abuse by her father, has been located in New Zealand with her maternal grandparents, her parents confirmed Friday. Hilary's mother, plastic surgeon Elizabeth Morgan, said that her daughter has been staying in New Zealand with Morgan's parents, and that they are seeking court approval to remain in that country indefinitely.
NEWS
February 26, 1990 | Associated Press
A U.S. doctor arrived in New Zealand today to try to reclaim his 7-year-old daughter, who is at the center of a bitter custody battle and reportedly has not seen either of her parents for two years. "I intend to see my daughter and I have every intention of bringing her back home," Dr. Eric A. Foretich said. The girl's mother, Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, was jailed for 25 months when she refused to say where her daughter was after a U.S. court gave her former husband unsupervised access to the child.
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