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Dad Gives Up Custody Battle

NEW TONIGHT THE CUSTODY BATTLE OVER A FOSTER CHILD HERE IN OMAHA COMES TO AN EMOTIONAL END. A TENNESSEE COUPLE WHO RAISED A 9 YEAR OLD GIRL SINCE SHE WAS A BABY HAS DECIDED TO STOP FIGHTING THE SYSTEM TO GET HER BACK. JOE CHIODO JOINS US NOW LIVE ON A CASE WE’VE BEEN FOLLOWING SINCE IT BEGAN. JOHN MALORIE THIS CASE HAS GAINED SO MUCH ATTENTION IT’S BEEN PICKED UP NATIONALLY. THIS IS SONYA SHE’S NOW 11 YEARS OLD. HER FATHER JOHN MCCAUL.

WAS IN JAIL ON A WEAPONS CHARGE FOR MOST OF HER LIFE. IN FACT SHE LIVED WITH A FOSTER FAMILY FOR 8 AND A HALF YEARS UNTIL SHE TURNED 9 AND A HALF. IT WAS THEN THAT HIS SENTENCE WAS REDUCED AND HE WAS RELEASED. ACCORDING TO STATE LAW BECAUSE HER ADOPTION WASN’T FINALIZED AND HER DAD WAS RELEASED HE GOT CUSTODY. SHE THEN HAD TO MOVE TO OMAHA TO LIVE WITH HIM. AND LEAVE BEHIND THE ONLY FAMILY SHE EVER KNEW. THAT FAMILY.

HAS BEEN FIGHTING EVER SINCE TO GET HER BACK. TODAY THOUGH THEY TOLD OUR NBC STATION IN NASHVILLE THEY’VE GIVEN UP ALL HOPE. IT’S WITH EXTREME BROKEN HEARTS, THAT WE NOW QUIT THE LEGAL BATTLE TO STOP THE LEGAL BATTLE TO BRING OUR DAUGHTER HOME RIGHTFULLY TO OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR A YEAR AND A HALF THE HODGIN’S HAVE ENDURED NON STOP COURT BATTLE. BUT FROM THIS POINT FORWARD THERE WILL BE NO MORE. THE TENNESSEE COURT OF APPEALS TOLD THEM THAT ALTHOUGH MISTAKES WERE MADE THEY AS.

Foster Family Gives Up Custody Fight

FOSTER PARENTS HAVE NO LEGAL STANDING WHEN IT COMES TO PARENTAL RIGHTS. THOSE RIGHTS BELONG TO JOHN MCCAUL SONYA’S BIOLOGICAL DAD NOW OUT OF PRISON. WE WERE THER FOR SONYA FOR 8.5 YEARS, AND FOR THE COURTS TO SAY WE’RE NO ONE NOBODY. HAD NO RIGHTS. ITS UNBELIEVABLE ITS JUST HEARTBREAKING AND NOT TO KNOW HOW SHE IS DOING CAN’T TALK TO HER, YOU CAN’T FATHOM IN YOUR MIND. THEY SAY THE COURTS FAILED SONYA AND THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES DIDN’T HAVE HER BEST INTERESTS IN MIND.

THE FAMILY STRUGGLES TO THINK THAT AS LONG AS COURTS ARE INVOLVED SONYA LIKELY WON’T SLEEP A NIGHT AT THEIR HOME AGAIN. A HOME THAT THEY SAY DESPITE THE HUNDREDS OF MILES APART ALWAYS INCLUDE HER. THIS IS YOUR HOME RIGHT IN TENNESSEE OUR DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN. MOMMY LOVES YOU ALWAYS. YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A HOME. OUR DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN. I STOPPED BY JOHN MCCAULS HOUSE TODAY BUT NOBODY WANTED TO COMMENT. HIS LAWYER SAYS SONYA IS VERY HAPPY AT HOME AND THE.

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