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Mother facing an anxious wait over tug-of-love baby.

A WELSH nurse is facing an anxious wait to find out if her baby daughter will be returned to her amid a tug-of-love row with her estranged husband.

Diane Jelicich, of Swansea, is embroiled in a New Zealand court battle after husband Stephen went on the run with five- month old Caitlin.

He returned with the child, who is safe and well, to his parents' home in Auckland on Tuesday.

New Zealand television station TV3 said Caitlin will remain at her grandparents' address this weekend after an High Court judge continued a stay on a warrant against Mr Jelicich to enforce custody.

Mr Jelicich, 39, earlier won the right to appeal against a court decision which awarded his estranged Welsh wife custody of their daughter.

It is understood the couple agreed a temporary care agreement pending the High Court appeal ruling on Monday.

An appeal to return Caitlin to her mother was lodged at a separate court in Auckland.

Mrs Jelicich, 41, of Birchgrove, said she was ``appalled'' her husband was not arrested. She had to fly home last week with the tug-of-love battle at its height.

Mrs Jelicich, who has two children by a previous marriage, met her husband in an internet chat room and were married in 2003. They set up home in Swansea but flew to New Zealand in October to visit Mr Jelicich's family and take an extended holiday.

But the couple began arguing and eventually split up.

The New Zealand courts awarded her custody of the baby.

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Date:Jan 20, 2005
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