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Mom goes to war against father’s Jewish ‘cult’ to protect her children

Her home was a remote, guarded compound in Guatemala featuring makeshift houses with wood pellets for floors, plastic bags over two-by-fours for walls and tin sheets for ceilings.

There was no air conditioning, no hot water and, until recently, no toilets.

But Sara Helbrans, 32, didn’t start making waves until earlier this year, when she was told her then-13-year-old daughter would be marrying the son of a community leader, according to filings she submitted to a Brooklyn court.



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