Mom, daughter once stuck in Brazil return to Mass.

July 13, 2013
FILE - This 2013 family file photo provided by Lindsey DeFilipi shows Ava Machado, left, with her mother Shauna Hadden, of Agawam, Mass. Hadden said they went to Brazil in May 2013 to let her ex-husband and their daughter reconnect, and were stranded there after police seized their passports because of a custody battle with the child's father. Representatives for both sides told The Associated Press on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 that a Brazilian judge decided to return their passports. Hadden said she expects to return home soon. (AP Photo/Family Photo, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. woman who'd been stranded in Brazil during a custody dispute over her 6-year-old daughter says they're back in Massachusetts.

Shauna Hadden of Agawam posted, "We are home!!!" on Facebook on Friday night and confirmed their arrival to The Associated Press.

Hadden says she and her daughter, Ava, went to Brazil in May so the girl could reconnect with her father, Donziete Machado. But after they arrived, Hadden says she was warned Machado planned to keep Ava.

Machado asked Brazilian police in early June to seize their passports because Hadden wouldn't let him visit Ava.

A judge this week decided to return the passports.

Machado's lawyer says he believes his ex-wife and daughter's return to the U.S. is the start of a process that will give him visitation rights.