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Convicted rapist awarded custody of his child

A 27-year-old convicted rapist has received joint legal custody and parenting time regarding his 8-year-old son. According to court records, the man raped the mother of his son nine years ago.

According to the mother's attorney, the 27-year-old father was never investigated appropriately, nor properly charged. The attorney believes that the mother -- who was only 12 years of age when the rape happened -- has not been treated fairly.

Nine years ago, when only a girl, the mother and her 13-year-old sister were abducted by the 18-year-old father. The man took their cellphones, drove them to another city and detained them for two days at an empty house. The terrifying incident left the younger sister pregnant.

The young girl chose not to have an abortion, saying that she didn't want her baby to become a victim, too. Instead, she left school, moved to live with some relatives in another state and started working to support herself.

In spite of all that happened, the father was awarded child custody rights without first getting consent from the victim, and without a hearing for her to make her case. As a result of the child custody ruling, the mother does not have permission to move 100 miles away from her current location without first obtaining consent from the court.

When a Michigan court issues a child custody award that doesn't make sense to the parent -- or the community -- there's a good chance that the parent can appeal the decision. If successfully navigated, a family law appeal could result in the reversal of a previous decision so that a better ruling can be made.

Source: The Detroit News, "Michigan rapist gets joint custody," Mike Martindale, accessed Oct. 11, 2017

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