A Florida judge said Monday that a teenage girl who ran away from her New Albany home over religious beliefs won't immediately be returned to her parents.
The judge ruled that she will stay in Orlando and can have no contact with the Christian pastor's family that she was staying with, Orlando television station WFTV reported.
Rifqa Bary, 17, claimed that she was threatened by her father after converting from Islam to Christianity, according to court documents unsealed last week.
After being located in Florida, Bary said that she feared her father would kill her because she changed religions.
The Orlando judge said that he needs to discuss the case with an Ohio judge before making a final ruling, WFTV reported.
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