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Indianapolis – A seven-year old boy was at the center of a Marion County

courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who

should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his

parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping

with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be

maintained to the highest degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him

more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When

the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy

cried and said that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning

that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the

judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who

should have custody of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the child

welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the

Indianapolis Colts Football Team, whom the boy firmly believes are not

capable of beating anyone.

 

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