Custody Dispute Goes Viral after Judge's Decision

By TOM BREEN | June 9, 2011 | 12:15 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina child custody dispute involving a mother's breast cancer has sparked outcry, but the story that is spreading is also mixing up the facts.

A Durham judge ruled in April that primary custody of two children should go to their father in Chicago. One of the many factors considered by the judge is the breast cancer diagnosis of the mother, 37-year-old Alaina Giordano.

After the ruling, Giordano and her supporters organized a massive online protest and more than 100,000 people have signed a petition decrying the decision.

But the real story is far more complicated and features a night in jail for both parents, accusations of infidelity on both sides and corresponding restraining orders.