Custody battle rages on over Fergus Falls 2 year-oldFergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Riveting testimony today in Fergus Falls as that bitter child custody dispute entered its last day before an Otter Tail County District Judge.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Riveting testimony today in Fergus Falls as that bitter child custody dispute entered its last day before an Otter Tail County District Judge.
When 17 year-old Dylan Cox and 16 year-old Tabby Cox died in a tragic murder-suicide near Amor in March of 2011, a new baby daughter, Emma was left with no parents. This week, the two sets of grandparents are arguing for custody of Emma.
Today in court allegations and confessions of drug use, deception and lies were laid out before the judge. It is clear the parents of Dylan Cox believe the mother of Tabitha Belmonte has a troubled past that makes her unable to safely care for granddaughter Emma. In court today testimony told that, indeed, a recent meth addiction and mental health issues have created problems for Bobbi Teeple.
Since the deaths of Dylan and Tabitha, Dylan's parents have been raising Emma, but Tabitha's mother now wants shared custody. On the stand today, she testified: "We are supposed to be supporting Emma, not fighting. We can't continue to do what we are doing. We need to be grandparents."
In court Bobbi Teeple admitted to frequent meth use, a suicide attempt and living in an abusive relationship. This was five years ago. She also confessed to meth use immediately after her daughter's death.
The relationship between the two sets of grandparents is obviously fractured. There has been name calling outside the courtroom. The attorney for the Cox family asked the Bobbi Teeple: "Do you believe the Cox's should get along with those who call them murderers and say they killed their daughter?"
It is that behavior that concerns the family of Dylan Cox. Meanwhile, Bobbi Teeple said today: "From the very beginning we both had our dukes up. We both wanted Emma." A drama playing out in a century old courtroom, all for a 2 year-old who has no parents tonight, but whose future is now in the hands of one judge.
On the stand under oath Bobbi Teeple admitted today that at one point following the murder-suicide of the two teenagers that she told people she thought the mother of Dylan Cox was responsible. Clearly, there is animosity between the two families following a terrible tragedy.