Girl at center of custody fight soon heading to China

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- An 8-year-old girl at the center of a custody fight in Memphis will soon be heading to China.

Anna Mae He was taken from an American couple and returned to her Chinese parents after a seven-year custody fight.

She rejoined her biological parents in July under orders from the state Supreme Court. She grew up with an American couple who took her in as an infant to help her financially strapped parents and then refused to give her back.

Now, with the Tennessee courts having finally settled the custody fight, Anna's family faces deportation, and her father says it's time to head home to China.

A Memphis church, New Sardis Baptist, has begun a fund drive to help pay for the family's move.

A psychologist working with the family on Anna's transition said she is warming toward her parents.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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