A co-worker snet this to me today. She is from Washington too.
Tragedy: You Must Read This.
> > A seven-year-old boy was at the center of a Seattle 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 regulations requiring that family
> > unity be maintained to the 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 out 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 child welfare officials, the
> > judge granted temporary custody to the Washington Huskies,
> > whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.
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