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Couple fight over 3-year-old's religion

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CHICAGO, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- An estranged couple in Chicago has gone public with their battle over their 3-year-old daughter's religious education.

Rebecca and Joseph Reyes agreed the child would be raised as a Jew, the Chicago Tribune reports. But Rebecca says her husband had their daughter baptized as a Catholic in November, telling her after the fact by e-mail.

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After the baptism, Rebecca Reyes sought and won a temporary order barring her husband from training the child in any religion except Judaism.

When Joseph Reyes took her to mass at Holy Name Cathedral, accompanied by a television crew, his wife asked that the court hold him in criminal contempt.

Cook County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Loredo Rivera was assigned to the case Tuesday when Joseph Reyes' lawyer objected to the judge who had issued the order on religion. She has not yet set a date for a contempt trial.

Joseph Reyes, a student at the John Marshall School of Law, is being represented by Joel Brodsky. Brodsky's other clients include Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer charged with killing his third wife.

The Reyes divorce is not yet final, although Rebecca has been awarded custody of their daughter.

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