Latest Child custody News

Florida officer in custody battle charged with false report

Sep. 21, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police officer in the middle of an ongoing child custody fight is facing a charge of making a false report to child welfare authorities. Authorities say Lakeland Police Officer William Long turned himself in Friday evening. The Lakeland Police Department said in a statement...

Man accused of threatening Detroit-area judge is acquitted

Sep. 20, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man who spent nearly two months in jail while awaiting trial has been acquitted of a threat-related misdemeanor involving a suburban Detroit judge. Jonathan Vanderhagen has been deeply critical of Macomb County courts after the death of his 1-year-old son during a custody...

Judge: No custody for parents who didn't want chemo for son

Sep. 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has ruled that a 4-year-old boy is in imminent danger of neglect if he stays with his parents because of their desire to treat his leukemia with natural remedies instead of chemotherapy. Judge Thomas Palermo ruled last week in Tampa that Joshua McAdams and Taylor...

Bahamian girl in custody released to mother in Florida

Sep. 13, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Bahamian girl who evacuated with her godmother from Hurricane Dorian's devastation was reunited with her family after she spent days in government custody for arriving in Florida without a parent, U.S. immigration officials said Friday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed a report...

Customs: Bahamian girl in custody unaccompanied by family

Sep. 11, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Bahamian girl who evacuated to Florida after Hurricane Dorian was transferred to the government's custody because she arrived in the U.S. with an adult who was not a family member, immigration officials said Wednesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials "made multiple attempts" to...

'Can't feel my heart:' IG says separated kids traumatized

Sep. 4, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Separated from his father at the U.S.-Mexico border last year, the little boy, about 7 or 8, was under the delusion that his dad had been killed. And he thought he was next. Other children believed their parents had abandoned them. And some suffered physical symptoms because of their...

Government: Let's end agreement for migrant kid detention

Aug. 31, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday took another major step to end a settlement agreement governing the length of time and conditions in which it can detain immigrant children. Government attorneys have filed a notice requesting that a federal judge dissolve what's widely known as the Flores...

Ex-husband of missing mom seeks evaluation of mother-in-law

Aug. 30, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged in connection with the disappearance of his estranged wife is seeking a psychiatric evaluation of his mother-in-law, who now has custody of his five children. The Hartford Courant reports an attorney for Fotis Dulos has filed a motion in family court on...

Editorials from around New England

Aug. 30, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Don't gamble on casinos The Hartford Courant Aug. 25 Building a casino, it turns out, is rather a gamble — and Connecticut leaders should take note of the latest revelations from Springfield before pursuing a similar course here. The tribes that operate...

Preacher subdued with stun gun after struggle at church

Aug. 26, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police say they used a stun gun on a Massachusetts preacher because he was interfering in a child custody case. Worcester police responded to the Cornerstone Baptist Church on Sunday night. The Telegram & Gazette reports that when officers arrived, 55-year-old Joseph Rizzuti...