Skip to comments.Exclusive: We'll never give her back! Biological family of 9-year-old girl ripped from foster parent
Posted on 05/16/2014 10:18:00 PM PDT by CorporateStepsister
"The biological family of a little girl taken from her foster parents and returned to her jailbird father have branded her adoptive mom and dad, selfish for fighting to get her back and vowed never to give her up again.
Sonya, aged nine, had been in the care of Kim and David Hodgin, from Dickson, Tennessee for more than seven years, but she was recently handed over to ex-con John McCaul in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Hodgin family have released a heart-breaking phone conversation, revealing Sonyas desperate pleas, begging to be reunited with them."
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Why didn’t the foster parents adopt the child? Would have prevented this.
Cases like this make me glad I’m not a judge.
My concern wouldn’t be whether the father was in jail, as a reason to adopt the kid out, but whether the biological family had the means to care for the child.
I don’t want to live in a society where we rip kids out of families because they aren’t quite perfect.
Who knows why; it’s such a mess in this country.
” but whether the biological family had the means to care for the child.”
That should almost always be one of the deciding factors in a custody battle. The parent who works and pays the majority of the bills should be the one with primary custody.
In full agreement too; I cannot imagine the chaos that would cause.
Did you even glance at the story? They did adopt her.
“after McCaul pleaded guilty to transporting firearms”
Well, that certainly proves he would be a crappy father... /s
Read the article. The foster parents did adopt the child.
The father’s rights were terminated since he had been sentenced for more than 10 years and the child was under 8 (TN law). And the mother waived her rights to the child.
The child’s paternal grandmother wanted custody, I don’t know why they didn’t give her to her.
But at some point the father’s sentence got commuted to 8 years, and he never waived his rights to the kid. He won in appeals court on the grounds that the court didn’t follow due process in the adoption process.
That poor girl will be living in a home where the mother will resent her being there. The mother obviously didn’t want her, so chances are the mother will indeed be abusive.
I wonder what could possibly have gone on that he could get convicted on something like that. I mean, he’s shipping guns? This is somehow illegal?
Sounds like it was just one firearm that belonged to the woman that was in his car. But then he gave advice on how to rob a store and also got busted for armed robbery even thought he didn't participate in the actual robbery.
“Did you even glance at the story? They did adopt her.”
The way I read it they did not... Because he contested giving up his parental rights.
The family adopted her in 2008, but a Tennessee appeals court overturned that after McCaul was released from prison.
Sounds like the father has a case for reclaiming his daughter.
According to those who study this stuff, one forms their basic schema of the World at age 10.
It is to bad that this judge did not consider this hypothesis.
“Sounds like it was just one firearm that belonged to the woman that was in his car. But then he gave advice on how to rob a store and also got busted for armed robbery even thought he didn’t participate in the actual robbery.”
Sounds like a trumped up charge and a plea bargain. But I don’t know the facts...
The court usually appoints a lawyer to represent the child. And the court usually takes into consideration what is best for the child. I don’t know if the court did that or not.
“According to those who study this stuff, one forms their basic schema of the World at age 10.”
Now this kid is going to get ripped out of the world she’s accepted as normal and into an entirely foreign environment.