Child custody

May 11, 2018 - 10:30 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill late Friday that gay rights advocates say would allow religious-based adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, single people and non-Christians in placing children. The bill written by Republican Sen. Greg Treat...
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This March 2018 photo provided by the Miami-Dade Police Department in Florida shows Kevin Esterly, of New Tripoli, Pa., facing charges including interfering with the custody of a child after authorities say he took a 16-year-old girl from Allentown, Pa., Amy Yu, out of school and to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in March 2018. Amy Yu's mother, Mui Luu, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, May 7, 2018, alleging Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School in Bethlehem, Pa., violated the mother's constitutional rights to her daughter's safety by allowing Esterly to be listed as Yu's stepfather on an emergency form, and alleging Esterly interfered with custody of the girl and caused her psychological and reputational damage. (Miami-Dade Police Department via AP)
May 09, 2018 - 3:04 pm
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a Pennsylvania 16-year-old girl who police say was taken out of school and to Mexico by a 45-year-old man is suing him and the school, claiming she suffered financial, psychological and emotional harm. Federal agents found 45-year-old Kevin Esterly and 16-year-...
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April 26, 2018 - 6:58 am
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Two South Carolina parents are facing neglect charges after police say their two-year-old son died in their custody. Local media report a judge on Wednesday denied bond for 33-year-old Bruce Williams and 25-year-old Lakeshia Jackson. Rock Hill police say crews responded on...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, boys wait in line to make a phone call as they are joined by hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children that are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. The Associated Press has learned that a Senate subcommittee has found that the government risks placing migrant children in the custody of human traffickers because federal agencies have delayed crucial reforms needed to keep the children safe. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)
April 26, 2018 - 3:02 am
A Senate subcommittee has found that the government risks placing migrant children in the custody of human traffickers because federal agencies have delayed crucial reforms. Federal officials came under fire two years ago for rolling back child welfare policies meant to protect unaccompanied minors...
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In this March 4, 2018 photo provided by the Ad Council, Mindy Beall, left, and her wife, Jimmie Beall, pose for a photo with their marriage certificate at their home in Columbus City, Ohio. Jimmie said she was fired from her job as a teacher because she is a lesbian. (Mimi McCormick/Ad Council via AP)
April 17, 2018 - 2:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory. In the thick of this...
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March 18, 2018 - 11:15 am
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 27-year-old Dallas woman is in federal custody on charges she tried to smuggle a 14-year-old boy into the U.S. from Mexico by using an illegal Georgia birth certificate. Joanna Gamez-Aguillon was arrested last week at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge in the Rio...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2014, file photo, the media attend a press briefing where Thai police display projected pictures of surrogate babies born to a Japanese man who is at the center of a surrogacy scandal during a press conference at the police headquarters in Chonburi, Thailand. The Japanese father of the surrogate babies Mitsutoki Shigeta is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance company Hikari Tsushin and earns millions of dollars a year in dividends. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
February 21, 2018 - 7:22 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has remained virtually anonymous in the Japanese media. Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was granted sole custody of his children by a Thai court on Tuesday, is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance...
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December 14, 2017 - 3:41 am
HONOLULU (AP) — National gay rights advocates are watching how a child support fight between a divorced lesbian couple plays out in Hawaii, likely the first such case before a state Supreme Court, experts say. A woman wants to sever her parental rights to a child her ex-wife gave birth to and is...
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Chris Strickland recalls the painful months without contact to her now six-year-old son, after she and her wife divorced, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Pearl, Miss. Strickland, whose wife had a son through in-vitro fertilization and later divorced, is arguing before the Mississippi Supreme Court, that a lower court should be overruled and she should have legal status as a legal parent. The court will hear the case Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
November 29, 2017 - 6:53 am
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case Wednesday on whether 44-year-old Chris Strickland should be listed as the legal parent of now-6-year-old Zayden Strickland. A lower court judge ruled during the divorce that Strickland wasn't a parent. He said the anonymous...
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Chris Strickland recalls the painful months without contact to her now six-year-old son, after she and her wife divorced, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Pearl, Miss. Strickland, whose wife had a son through in-vitro fertilization and later divorced, is arguing before the Mississippi Supreme Court, that a lower court should be overruled and she should have legal status as a legal parent. The court will hear the case Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
November 28, 2017 - 11:10 pm
PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A lesbian couple who had a son through in-vitro fertilization and later divorced will argue over whether the woman who didn't give birth should have status as a legal parent. The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the case Wednesday on whether 44-year-old Chris Strickland...
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