Demand Judge to focus on the best interest of Leah

Demand Judge to focus on the best interest of Leah

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Oni Jackson started this petition to Harris County Family Court

“I just want to be a normal kid.” These words were spoken to me by a scared precious child following the murder of her grandmother. Spoken to me as I took her in to care for and comfort her during the tragedy that has changed her life forever. Leah is an energetic, vibrant 9-year-old with a great future ahead of her. Since birth she has been raised by family members, other than her parents. For the last 5 years she was living comfortably with her paternal grandmother and godmother who had her involved in modeling, dance, gymnastics, cheer and acting.

 

The night before valentines 2019, her grandmother’s life was taken from her by the hands of her boyfriend. By the grace of God, Leah was protected by her godmother and unharmed. To ensure the child’s safety, Leah was placed in my home as we are close family friends and care deeply for her well-being. With the help of Leah’s aunt and godmother, we have made it our priority to make sure Leah has maintained a stable life environment. She continued to attend the same school and keep friendships. Considering the circumstances, she finished 3rd grade (excelled in a few courses) and was active in gymnastics, dance/ cheer, and swimming. Unfortunately, it was also during this time that family who have been absent in her life over the past nine years began to disturb her life once more. Family that has never shown an interest in Leah started to fight for custody, make demands and set out to disrupt Leah’s life once more.

 

Initially both Leah’s paternal and maternal great aunts filed for conservatorship (guardianship) because they knew both of Leah’s parents have never provided financial or emotional support and have a history with CPS. It was expected that the Texas Family Code 102.004 would take into effect, which states Standing for Grandparent or another person. (a) In additional to the general standing... a grandparent, or another relative of the child related within the third degree of consanguinity, may file an original suit requesting managing conservatorship if there is satisfactory proof to the court that: (1) the order requested is necessary because the child’s present circumstances would significantly impair the child’s physical health or emotional development. However, Judge Peake was only concerned that both aunts did not have a right to file (they are forth degree consanguinity) and Leah was given to her mother whom has not been in her life, concerned with her wellbeing, or proven fit to care for her.

 

At what point does the court look at the best interest of the child? The Judge did not investigate nor care to examine the mother’s history and stability. It feels as if Leah was placed in the care of her “mom” for strictly biological reasons but no “logical ones” No consideration was taken in regards to the stability of her mom, the ability to provide a proper home, and most of all how this will effect Leah. Her mother has also mentioned numerous times that she knows she can’t take care of Leah and will leave her with other people.  It is our hope that the court will reopen this case and look at the best interest of the child. The news recently covered an all too common occurrence where a child was placed back with her parents and she she was found with no life left at all. Please do not let another child get lost in a system of paperwork and red tape. Please consider what the child wants and needs more that what a biological, disconnected, unproven egg donor claims are her rights.

 

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