Michael McCarty: Italian Custody Battle Continues (VIDEO)

01/05/2011 03:18 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

New Yorker Michael McCarty was in a custody battle with his ex-wife Manuela Antonelli when she kidnapped their son Liam--now 9--and took him to her native Italy. That was 2007.

Four years later, McCarty is still fighting to get his son back. Two years after the abduction, Antonelli was deemed an unfit parent by Italian courts (she was diagnosed with psychiatric problems), and Liam was placed in an orphanage in that country. She then kidnapped him again; when she was subsequently arrested, Liam was placed in foster care.

Though McCarty has full legal custody of his son in the U.S., Italian Child Services will not allow him to take his son home. McCarty opened up to Matt Lauer on the Today Show about his ongoing struggle. WATCH:

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