Lori Berenson, a New Yorker paroled from a Peruvian prison after 15 years behind bars for aiding a leftist revolutionary group, arrived in the United States on Tuesday for her first visit home since her arrest in 1995.
Berenson, 42, did not speak to reporters after landing at the Newark airport with her 2-year-old son, Salvador. They were escorted by police to a waiting car as the boy looked with wonderment at the gaggle of reporters and flashing cameras.
Earlier, Berenson's mother, Rhoda Berenson, clutched a Bloomingdale's bag containing a winter coat for her grandson as she awaited her daughter's arrival.
"We are looking forward to the first holiday at home in a long, long time, and many relatives who haven't met Salvador are excited to see him," she said. "This is not a political time; this is a time for family, friends and holidays."
Berenson was arrested at age 26 and accused of helping plot an armed takeover of Peru's Congress, which she had entered by saying she was a journalist. The attack never took place.
She admitted helping the Tupac Amaru rebel group rent a safe house where authorities seized a cache of weapons after a shootout. But she has insisted she didn't know guns were stored there and never joined the group.
Berenson didn't stop to talk to reporters after arriving at her parents' home in New York City.