Jury Gets Case in VT Same-Sex Custody Dispute

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The case of a Virginia Mennonite pastor accused of helping a woman flee the country with her child rather than share custody with her former lesbian partner has gone to jurors for deliberation.

The jury in federal court in Vermont got the case Tuesday.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Va., arranged for Lisa Miller and her daughter Isabella to travel from the U.S. to Nicaragua via Canada with the help of a number of Mennonites.

Isabella was born in 2002. At the time, Lisa Miller was joined in a civil union with Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven, Vt.

Kenneth Miller's attorneys say he didn't know Jenkins had legal parental rights.

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