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Parents denied child custody, suspected in disappearance

When courts in places like Belleville, Illinois, and beyond, consider any kind of family law issue, the best interests of the child are taken into account. Divorce agreements and paternity disputes are known for leading to child custody issues; though, other major concerns like negligence can prompt legal action as well. One couple recently lost custody of two of their children because they are suspected of abuse and may be connected to the disappearance of their adopted daughter.

The couple’s adopted teenage daughter went missing in Salisbury, North Carolina. Now that search warrants relating to the case have been issued, more details about the girl’s disappearance are being revealed. Search documents note that the child may have been abused before she went missing. And her own parents are drawing attention to the case, since they recently appeared as guests on a popular talk show. After participating in a polygraph test on the show, the girl’s adoptive father allegedly seemed suspicious to the test expert.

The child’s adoptive paternal grandfather is also the subject of inquiry in one search warrant. A shed on his property has been investigated even though he claims he doesn’t know what’s inside. Authorities have removed several items that the grandfather contends belong to his son and daughter-in-law.

A county court has decided the couple should not have custody of their two biological kids, because they are accused of abusing them. The children were apparently removed from their parents’ care shortly after their adopted sister was reported missing. It’s not stated if the couple may regain custody of their children.

Source:, “Child-custody hearing for Erica Parson’s family ends,” Cleve R. Wootson Jr., August 22, 2013

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