Florida Judge Daniel Dawson released Christian convert Rifqa Bary to Ohio authorities, Friday, after receiving immigration papers he'd requested from her parents.
The 17-year-old ran away from her Columbus, Ohio, home in July, fearing that her Muslim parents would kill her for converting to Christianity.
Dawson had ordered Bary's case be returned to her home state for a final decision, but not before getting proof that she was in the United States legally.
In police interviews just released, Bary said her parents had arranged a marriage for her in the familiy's native country of Sri Lanka. Had the immigration papers not been presented, she could have been forced to return there.
Bary also told authorities she left her parents a note before running away.
"Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and I refuse to deny Him," she wrote. "I pray and hope you will find His mercy and forgiveness. Love you both dearly, Rifqa."
Documentation confirming Bary would be able to continue at an online Florida school in Ohio was also given to Dawson.