Teresa Sievers, a doctor, was killed by two men in what police are now saying was a planned killing. They blame her husband, saying he hired the men to do the job. The couple had two young daughters, who have now been living with their grandmother in the wake of the tragic events.
Recently, the grandmother decided that she wanted to make the situation permanent, and she has filed for legal custody of the two girls. This would ensure that the father would not get custody back and would keep the girls from being put into another living situation, such as foster care.
This is important because the father has said he did not hire the men to kill his wife, pleading that he is not guilty. He was being charged with second-degree homicide and conspiracy to commit the same. In fact, his best friend is apparently working with the prosecution in bringing the charges against him.
If the case goes to trial and a jury decides that he is innocent, or that there is not enough evidence to convict him, he could theoretically get custody of the girls back. By asking for it before things have gotten to that point, the grandmother could be trying to stand in the way and ensure that the girls can live with her, instead.
The grandmother has not asked for the father to be given visitation rights, and she has also not asked to be paid any child support on account of the girls, should she win custody of them.
In complex cases like this, it’s crucial for Florida residents to know all of their legal options.
Source: The News-Press, “Mother of Teresa Sievers seeks custody of two girls,” Ben Brasch, March 24, 2016