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Published March 27, 2013, 05:57 PM

Alarming 911 call triggers concern for orphaned two-year-old

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Emotional pleas today from an Otter Tail county couple, who is caring for their grand-daughter, left orphaned, from a tragic murder-suicide two years ago.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Emotional pleas today from an Otter Tail county couple, who is caring for their grand-daughter, left orphaned, from a tragic murder-suicide two years ago.

Darrin and Cathy Cox asked for an emergency hearing, after a disturbing 911 call to authorities came from the home of the other grandmother who has visitation rights.

It was two years ago that two teenagers from Otter Tail County, Dylan Cox and Tabby Belmonte died in a murder-suicide, leaving behind a 7-month-old, Emma. Since the deaths, the grandparents of Emma, from both families have been caught up in a bitter custody and visitation battle.

Today, a new level of concern for Emma's safety, when it was revealed dispatchers received a 911 call from the home of the grandmother Bobbi Teeple.

According to court documents obtained by WDAY, family of Bobbi Teeple, who has visitation rights with Emma, now two and a half, called 911 saying, "I think we have a suicide attempt here, and she has a gun." Affidavits indicate a night of drinking fueled the domestic dispute and 911 call. Emma was not there at the time.

Cathy Cox, Grandmother of Emma: “Extremely concerning, we have been terrified since we learned of it and we just want to keep Emma safe.”

And so today, Darin and Cathy Cox asked for an emergency court hearing before the same judge who recently granted the Coxes custody of Emma, but allowed visitation to the other grandmother, Bobbi Teeple, who admitted in court last summer, that she battled addiction and mental health issues.

"What happens next time," the attorney for the Coxes told the judge. "This is a volatile situation," he argued. What has to happen to have enough red flags for the courts to do something. Do we have to wait for something unspeakable to happen, and someone comes home in a body-bag. We are playing with fire here."

Darrin Cox, Grandfather of Emma: “Our main concern is the safety of Emma. We are fearful of her safety.”

Bobbi Teeple called in sick shortly before the hearing today, but while her attorney would not comment on camera, she did say in court that the 911 call and heavy drinking did not have a "direct impact on Emma." Bobbi Teeple called it a "misunderstanding" saying it would be "inappropriate to restrict her visitation," which is already limited to one weekend a month. No overnights yet.

Cathy: “We are terrified the entire time.”

Darrin: “There has been enough hurt, it is time for this to end.”

A dilemma all. A judge and the families all debating the fate of a 2-year-old who also must wrestle soon with the loss of both parents.”

Judge Wally Senyk did not make a ruling today. In fact, he may call for another hearing to hear more facts.

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