Mother and Father are divorced.
Child welfare agencies in two states are familiar with the family.
Mother is initially awarded custody of their three Children.
Later, Mother loses custody of Children and Father is awarded custody of Children.
Mother is allowed visitation supervised by child welfare personnel at the child welfare agency’s facilities.
Father has other children from other relationships. Father’s visitation with them is reportedly restricted and he was allegedly arrested for injuring one of his other children previously.
While Children are in Father’s care, Father allegedly gets drunk while “playing” with a gun … on Christmas Eve.
All three Children are present at this time, including one-year old Baby.
Father’s gun goes off, shooting one of the Children in the head and killing her.
One of the other Children dials 911, not Father.
Father is arrested for manslaughter, endangering a child and tampering with evidence … and released on bail.
Mother’s counsel seeks to have the surviving Children placed into Mother’s care. Father’s counsel seeks to have the surviving Children placed into Father’s care.
Instead, the Court orders that Father have no contact with the two surviving Children for the time being, that Mother continue to be restricted to supervised visitation, and that neither parent have access to Children’s school.
Children are in foster care.