Hondo S. Carpenter
O.K. I love the Lions but Connie sent this in and I have to admit that it is funny.
Unprecedented court ruling in Detroit, MichiganÂ
Detroit, MIÂ - A seven-year-old boy was at thecenter of a Detroit courtroom drama yesterday when hechallenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him.Â The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and thejudge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keepingwith child custody law and regulations requiring that familyunity be maintained to the degree possible.
The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that hisaunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantlyrefused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that helive with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they alsobeat him.Â After considering the remainder of the immediate familyand learning that domestic violence was apparently a way oflife among them, the judge took the unprecedented step ofallowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.
After two recesses to check legal references and conferwith child welfare officials, the judge granted temporarycustody to the Detroit Lions, whom the boy and the courtfirmly believe are not capable of beating anyone.