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Child custody case involves child of Hurricane Harvey victim

Many New York residents are aware of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey caused in other parts of the country. Stories of heroism and of sadness continue to come to light as recovery and rebuilding occur following the flooding the hurricane left in its path. One of the sadder stories involved a woman dying in the flood waters while protecting her daughter, and her daughter is now the center of a child custody case.

The single mother was found floating in the flood water with no signs of life. Her 3-year-old daughter was found with her mother still alive. Sadly, the daughter remembered the mother instructing her not to let go.

The girl's father apparently has not been involved in her life and did not retain any custody rights. Reportedly, he kept contact with FaceTime calls. He has applied for custody of his daughter, but the mother's cousin and uncle have also applied for custody. The mother's cousin and uncle state that they have been involved with the young girl, and they feel she it is in her best interest for her to remain in familiar surroundings after her tragic loss. The girl's father has recently visited her and is apparently trying to make arrangements in preparation of obtaining custody.

This was an unfortunate sad case, and the young girl is fortunate to have family supporting her as she processes the loss of her mother. Usually, everyone fighting for child custody aims for the best interest of children involved, but the process can be painful and long. Parties often find it beneficial to have a New York lawyer with experience in family law to advocate on their behalf and for the children involved.

Source:, "Custody case of child found clinging to mother's body in flood waters postponed", Jacque Masse, Sept. 29, 2017

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