Subject: 7-Year Old Decides Court Case in Dallas!!!
Dallas, TX (AP) - A seven year old boy was at the center of a Dallas
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 reasonably 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 Dallas
Cowboys professional football team, whom the boy firmly believes are
not capable of beating anyone.
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