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Custody dispute in midst of criminal investigation

In Salt Lake City, Utah, and elsewhere, the best interests of the child are prioritized in just about every type of family law case. That’s why child custody rulings are taken incredibly seriously by the courts. And while such decisions are typically made in connection with divorce agreements, sometimes serious concerns like potential abuse and/or criminal activity leads to custody issues. The parents of one missing child are now also facing a custody dispute over their other kids, since they are suspects in the case and may be accused of abuse.

Search warrants were recently issued in relation to the disappearance of a teenage girl in Salisbury, North Carolina. According to those warrants, the child may have been abused before she disappeared. And the girl’s adoptive parents are receiving a lot of attention, and scrutiny, now that they appeared on a popular daytime talk show. After taking part in a polygraph test for the show, the missing girl’s adoptive father allegedly seemed suspicious to the polygraph expert.

In enforcing the search warrants, authorities are investigating property allegedly owned by the missing girl’s adoptive paternal grandfather. He contends that the shed in question was only being used by his son and daughter-in-law, and that they are good parents. Though, investigators allegedly did remove items from the shed that could be related to the case.

The adoptive parents of the missing child have two biological children as well, and both were recently removed from their custody. Concerns over possible abuse and neglect prompted a county judge to act on behalf of the children in a closed hearing. It’s not stated if or when the couple may regain custody of their kids.


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