Monday April 8, 2019 03:29 PM Written by Erin McCarthy The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) After a bitter divorce, Stephanie Miller and Brian Kennedy agreed to meet at the local Wawa for their weekly child-custody exchanges because there would always be witnesses and surveillance cameras. In the end, police say, that didn't deter Kennedy from walking into the store last week with a semiautomatic rifle and gunning down his ex-wife as horrified customers looked on. The killing took all of 30 seconds. The Devon man now sits in Delaware County prison, charged with killing the mother of his 6-year-old child. Police identified Kennedy, 34, even before they found him hours after the shooting, overdosed in his car at a Glen Mills park 15 miles from the Wawa on Sugartown Road. Inside the store, police officers called to the scene recognized Miller, authorities said. They knew of the volatile relationship she had with her ex. Three years earlier, Kennedy had threatened to kill Miller at … [Read more...] about In Radnor Wawa, 30 seconds of terror: How a years-long custody battle escalated to murder
Court ordered mediation child custody
Three years ago, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack of Corpus Christi branded Texas' system as "broken," saying kids "almost uniformly leave state custody more damaged than when they entered." The Legislature has been working on improvements to the heavily privatized system. The plan is to have a private super vendor who would take the lead in each region.But because the state for decades used "open-source procurement," it's totally at the mercy of a crazy quilt of providers. That has led to faraway placements for many foster children, who were yanked from their home communities.Placement order overturnedJack sought to correct that with detailed plans for an improved array of placements, by type and location. But a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans told her to leave that alone.Prospects for rapid, big improvements to the system are uncertain. Lawmakers' "foster care redesign" experiment, more recently dubbed "community based care," is proving … [Read more...] about Texas focused more on fighting lawsuit than fixing foster care, child welfare advocates say
By The Associated Press | December 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has ordered the Woodside-based Gorilla Foundation and the Cincinnati Zoo to resolve a custody dispute over a gorilla loaned as a companion to the late Koko. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg recommended out-of-court mediation Monday, writing that the zoo and The Gorilla Foundation appear to value what’s best for Ndume. Now 37 years old, he has lived since he was 10 at the Santa Cruz Mountains compound that was home to Koko, a gorilla famous for her sign-language ability. The contract concerning Ndume said he would be returned to Cincinnati upon Koko’s death. She died in July at age 46. The zoo sued in October for Ndume’s return. Zoo officials claim Ndume has since lived in isolation to his detriment. The foundation says a transfer would harm him and pose unnecessary risk. The organizations have until Thursday to submit a joint proposal. The Cincinnati Zoo was the home of … [Read more...] about Koko’s gorilla pal subject of a custody dispute
It seemed almost too good to be true: Mary Beth Novak found a job in Montgomery County as a police officer and a home she could afford in Royersford, in a good school district, just in time for her daughter to start fifth grade. No more scrambling to arrange transportation from her Northeast Philadelphia home to Catholic school in Bucks County — a commute that went from difficult last year to impossible now that Novak works out of town. Now this dream, which seemed tantalizingly close, is vanishing like a mirage. Novak is bracing to back out of the house purchase, and lose close to $8,000 — her deposit and related costs. And she still isn’t sure where her daughter will be going to school next month, or how she’ll get her there. The problem is that even though she has primary custody — and support from a counselor who Novak and her ex had agreed to defer to in case of disputes — her daughter’s father has opposed the move that … [Read more...] about Will a Philly woman lose her home because of Family Court delays?
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