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Texas parents convicted of child abuse may lose parenting rights

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

At times, child custody issues go beyond divorce and separation. One such case that is particularly saddening to discuss involves a Texas couple who were convicted of abusing their then 10-year-old daughter. The parents are trying to keep their parental rights even as they both sit in prison for injuring their child. The decision as to whether or not this child custody case will result in complete loss of their rights as parents will be left to a jury.

The man and woman are not married but have a child in common. They were convicted of forcing their daughter to take a scalding hot shower that left the girl with third-degree burns. The father is now serving a 12-year sentence, while the mother is serving a 13-year sentence. Both parents were also convicted on numerous other charges, all associated with their treatment of their daughter.

In addition to the daughter who was injured, there is another daughter who is two and currently living with relatives of the mother. The relatives want to adopt the younger child but not the older one. From prison, the mother is seeking to prevent the adoption. The older girl now lives with her paternal grandmother.

While the child custody case for these parents continues, other parents are likely finding themselves facing less severe problems. However, visitation, relocation and support payments are very important issues that need to be resolved for Texas parents. At times, such determinations have to be made in court, and other times, they can be resolved through mediation with the assistance of a qualified attorney who is well-versed in a wide variety of child custody issues.

Source: kristv.com, "Couple Jailed for Child Abuse May Lose Parental Rights," Stephanie Kusy, Nov. 29, 2011

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