Ongoing custody battle from murder-suicide ends with a decisionFergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - New development tonight on a story we have been following the last year and a half.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - New development tonight on a story we have been following the last year and a half.
When 17-year-old Dylan Cox and 16-year-old Tabby Belmonte died in a tragic murder suicide in Otter Tail County, a baby girl was left behind that sparked a bitter child custody dispute between two sets of grandparents.
The decision has just come down, and WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand joins us live with the details.
After a long, emotional trial in August, Judge Wally Senyk of Fergus Falls took four months to come up with a decision in the case.
The result is both sets of grandparents will be spending time with baby Emma.
In a 50-page court document, Judge Senyk ruled that the family of Dylan Cox will continue to have legal and physical custody of Emma, who is two.
They have been the primary caregivers since the deaths of Dylan and Tabitha. The mother of Tabitha, Bobbi Teeple, will have baby Emma on the third weekend of every month.
Overnight visits begin at age three. The grandmother must complete a chemical use assessment and get treatment if it is recommended.
During the trial, it was revealed in testimony that Grandmother Teeple had past issues with meth and mental health problems.
One reason the other set of grandparents has concerns about weekend and overnight visits.
Josh Heggem, Attorney for Cox Family: “This case is about Emma, always was about Emma, always will be about Emma. It's been a long, difficult and emotional for everyone involved. And we're just pleased we've reached the end.”
Attempts to reach the attorney for Teeple were not successful today.