Florida teen (Mother) becomes pregnant.
Then marries a man (Husband) twenty-four years older than her.
Along the way, Husband reportedly pleads guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor under sixteen years of age and is required to register as a sex offender.
Husband also reportedly has a history of domestic violence and violent assaults.
Mother leaves Husband.
Husband files for divorce while Mother is pregnant. His divorce court papers explicitly deny paternity of Daughter.
Because Husband is not Daughter’s biological father.
But the divorce is never finalized.
Because one month after Daughter’s birth, Mother dies in a car accident.
Under the law, Mother’s and Husband’s divorce stops upon her death.
And, since Daughter’s biological father (Bio Father) does not come forward in any way, Husband is considered to be Daughter’s father under the law.
But Husband has no interest in Daughter at that time.
And Mother’s mother, Grandmother, takes Daughter in and raises her.
Until Daughter is almost four years old.
And Grandmother tries to adopt her.
At which point, Husband decides that he wants Daughter … and seeks primary custody of her.
And the Florida family court does indeed award Husband primary timesharing with Daughter – in Georgia, where Husband now lives.
Grandmother is appealing the ruling.
And Bio Father is now seeking to establish his paternity and parental rights over Daughter, to retrieve Daughter from Husband’s custody. And Husband is seeking to terminate Bio Father’s parental rights.
And Grandmother, of all people, is in hot water. For speaking out about Daughter’s case.
For which Grandmother may be held in contempt of court. And face incarceration.
Grandmother maintains that she spoke to the media about the case prior to the court’s gag order.
But she would be willing to do it again, now, to save Daughter from Husband.
Husband reportedly also communicates with the media – after the gag order is entered.
Read more in
- this First Coast NBC TV news 12 article: Baker County Family Court Meets Again in Miranda Wilkerson Case
- this First Coast NBC TV news 12 article: Grandmother Loses Custody of Girl to Father, Sex Offender
- this First Coast NBC TV news 12 article: Miranda Wilkerson’s Grandmother before Baker County Judge Today on Contempt Charges