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CYNDI GARVEY FREED FROM JAIL AFTER JUST 1 NIGHT

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A tearful Cynthia Garvey was freed from jail one day after she was arrested for defying a court order allowing ex-husband Steve Garvey to visit their two teen-age daughters.

Ms. Garvey clung to her lawyer's arm and wept as she climbed into a car Tuesday afternoon after her release from the maximum-secuity Sybil Brand Institute, the county's jail for women.Her release came after the 2nd Court of Appeals said the Superior Court "abused its discretion" in ordering her to jail Monday for contempt of court.

Superior Court Judge Frances Rothschild convicted her of violating a December 1988 order that required daughters Krisha, 14, and Whitney, 13, to spend one afternoon a week and two weekends a month with their father.

Candace Garvey, the baseball player's wife, said: "In the girls' eyes, their daddy put their mommy in jail."