International custody case child returns to Sweden

A 3-year-old girl that was the center of an international custody dispute between her father living in Sweden and her mother who brought her to Iowa has boarded a plane to return to Sweden as ordered by a federal judge.

The daughter of Magnus and Raina Anderung, who are divorced, boarded a flight departing Des Moines Wednesday with her father. Her mother stayed.

A judge ruled in May that Raina Anderung wrongfully kept her daughter in the U.S. since last August violating a 1980 international treaty the U.S. and Sweden adhere to that outlines child custody rules between countries.

The girl’s father filed a lawsuit in February when his ex-wife refused to return from Iowa on what was supposed to be a 90-day visit with her mother in Pleasantville.