Police Look Into Possible Aids in Rifqa Bary Case

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Ohio police say they are investigating whether laws were broken by anyone helping Rifqa Bary, the Christian convert who fled to Florida in fear of her Muslim parents.

The Columbus Police Department is investigating "any criminal wrongdoing with anyone involved in getting her from one location to another," Sgt. Rich Weiner said Friday.

No charges have been filed, but Ohio minister Brian Williams is accused of driving Rifqa to a bus station after she ran away last July.

Williams has since gotten a lawyer "in the event he's contacted by police authorities," said attorney Keith Corbett of the Thomas More Law Center.

Rifqa, 17, said she ran away to Florida because her parents threatened to kill her for converting to Christianity. After a long court battle, Rifqa and her parents, Aysha and Mohamed, agreed she could remain in foster care until she's 18.

However, the Barys allege the Franklin Country Children Services is permitting their daughter to communicate with the pastor she lived with in Florida and his wife.

It's unclear whether there will be another court date, considering the new accusations.

Rifqa, her parents, and both their attorneys have all been placed under a gag order.

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