SEATTLE, WA (AP) – A seven-year old boy was at the center of a King County courtroom drama yesterday, when he challenged a court ruling about who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents. The judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody laws which require family unity be maintained to the highest degree possible.
The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him even more than his parents, and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said that they also beat him.
After considering the remainder of the boy’s immediate family, the judge concluded that domestic violence was apparently a way of life for this family. He then took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.
After two recesses to check review Washington State law and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the University of Washington Huskies, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.