Not only can men murder their wives, they can dictate where the children will live:
A Fayette County man accused of running over over his wife with his car and killing her wants his parents to have legal custody of two of his children.
In addition, Ronald Lee Higinbotham wants the cousins of a third adopted child to have custody of that youngster.
Higinbotham, 44, of Brownsville, is charged by state police with criminal homicide in the hit-and-run death of his wife, 30-year-old Carmen Higinbotham.
In a criminal complaint, state police allege Higinbotham drove his 2000 Hyundai Tiburon over his wife shortly before midnight June 20 on Route 40 near 7235 National Pike, then left her to die.
Carmen Higinbotham was the mother of six children, including two of her own, two stepchildren and two who were adopted.
According to separate civil actions scheduled to be presented in Fayette County motions court today, Ron Higinbotham is the natural father of two of the children – a 9-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy. He is the adoptive father of a third child, identified as a 15-year-old boy.
The two younger children are staying in West Brownsville with Ron Higinbotham’s parents, Patricia Ann and Donald Lee Higinbotham Sr., according to one of the filings.
In a separate civil action, Higinbotham wants a judge to grant custody of the adopted 15-year-old boy to the boy’s cousins. The boy’s cousins, Eric W. and Maxine R. Rosie, of Smithfield, already are caring for the teen, according to the civil filing.
Attached to both filings are custody agreements, both of which have been agreed to and signed by Ron Higinbotham.
He remains lodged in the Fayette County Prison without bond. He faces a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 28 before South Union Township District Judge Joseph George Jr.
From the victim’s family: “My family is very confused about the processes of child services and why they would respect the wishes of Mr. Norris in regards to his children when he is the reason his children are in the place that they are. We need help here, as it seems no one really cares that these kids’ mother died from his carelessness.”
After a nearly four-year battle in Hawai’i courts, Minnesota residents Steve and Donna LaDuke finally and officially can call Elijah, 5, their son.
The many hurdles the LaDukes overcame to adopt their grandson following the 2005 murder of his mother exposed a huge gap in the judicial and child-custody system here and nationally, the couple said.
In cases where one parent murders another, they said, the legal process is set up mainly to protect the killer’s parental rights, even at the expense of the children.
How much more proof do we need before we reform family court?!?