The lawyer of Christian convert Rifqa Bary says he believes the 17-year-old could be in greater danger in her home state.
Attorney John Stemberger spoke out, Monday, about the deal that returned Bary to Columbus, Ohio. The teen said she fled to Florida from her home after her Muslim parents threatened to kill her for leaving Islam.
Stemberger also told CBN News that he believes the Barys are illegally living in America.
"An agreement was cut, apart from my representation," he said. "I wasn't even present. It was between the lawyers in Ohio that represent Rifqa, the guardian ad litem, and the parents lawyers in Ohio that they would consent to the adjudication of dependency."
"That is, they would agree to allow Bary to be declared a dependent in need of services in Ohio in exchange for not requiring the parents to produce that immigration documentation," he added.
Even though he thinks Bary is more at risk in Ohio than Florida, Stemberger, said he does not think she is in grave danger while she waits in foster care for the dependency case to play out.