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Off-topic. Minnesota custody battle

Minnesota Court Case

(If you haven't read about this case in the news .....)

Minneapolis, MN (AP) - A nine-year old boy was at the center of a Hennepin 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 Minnesota child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest possible degree.

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 child welfare officials, the judge granted official temporary custody to the Minnesota Vikings, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.....

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